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The Running Bowline is a type of noose, a knot related in structure to the bowline. The running bowline is strong and secure. It slides easily and can be undone just as simply.
Bowline on a Bight is a knot which makes a pair of fixed-size loops in the middle of a rope. Its advantage is that it is reasonably easy to untie after being exposed to a strain.
Double Alpine Butterfly Loop is essential for climbing and not too difficult to learn how to fasten. The Double Alpine Butterfly knot provides great support for a carabiner.
Buntline Hitch is a knot used for attaching a rope to an object. It is formed by passing the working end around an object, then making a clove hitch around the rope's standing part.
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Rope work and knotting is an fun and enjoyable hobby - There are several thousand different knots and an almost endless number of variants of some of the knots.
A knot is a method of fastening or securing linear material such as rope by tying or interweaving. It may consist of a length of one or several segments of rope, string, webbing, twine, strap, or even chain interwoven such that the line can bind to itself or to some other object (the load). Knots have been the subject of interest for their ancient origins, their common uses, and the area of mathematics known as knot theory.
Knots have been the subject of interest for their ancient origins, their common uses, and the area of mathematics known as knot theory. There is a large variety of knots, each with properties that make it suitable for a range of tasks. Some knots are used to attach the rope (or other knotting material) to other objects such as another rope, cleat, ring, or stake. Some knots are used to bind or constrict objects. Decorative knots usually bind to themselves to produce attractive patterns.
The list of knots is extensive, but common properties allow for a useful system of categorization. For example, loop knots share the attribute of having some kind of an anchor point constructed on the standing end (such as a loop or overhand knot) into which the working end is easily hitched to using a round turn. An example of this is the bowline. Constricting knots often rely on friction to cinch down tight on loose bundles; an example is the Miller's knot. Knots may belong to more than one category.
A rope is a group of yarns, plies, or strands that are twisted or braided together into a larger and stronger form. Ropes have tensile strength and so can be used for dragging and lifting, but are too flexible to provide compressive strength. As a result, they cannot be used for pushing or similar compressive applications. Rope is thicker and stronger than similarly constructed cord, line, string, and twine. Ropes made from metal strands are called wire rope
The Ashley Book of Knots! (ABOK)
Of Clifford W Ashley - is an encyclopedia of knots written and illustrated by the American artist Clifford W. Ashley. First published in 1944, it was the culmination of over 11 years of work
This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to Marlingspike Seamanship. Mr. Ashley has included almost everything there is to know about them. Precisely named and classified (some new ones for the first time officially), they can be easily found in the big index. He tells when they appeared, something about their history, and what they are good for. Above all, Mr. Ashley gives explicit directions on how to tie them. He describes each step simply and clearly in the text and has penned right alongside some 7000 drawings to make it still more graphic.
This book and a piece of cord will open a new and challenging world of practical adventure to readers of all ages.There are many distinctive features to this informal encyclopedia. Outstanding are the delightful sketches and illustrations by the author that enliven every page. Mr. Ashley, a prominent marine artist, is at his best here.Sailors have been the greatest experimenters with rope, but since they have no monopoly on the art, the author describes knots used in over ninety other occupations. These range alphabetically from Archer to Yachtsman, and aesthetically from Florist to Hangman. The forty-one chapters include knots classed under such general types as Hooks, Beckets, and Toggles, The Noose, and Tricks and Puzzles.
Mr. Ashley has devoted eleven years to writing this book, and it is based on forty years of looking for, trying out, and thinking up new knots. His drawings abound in humor and the text is full of colorful anecdotes. THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS will make a unique and permanent addition to any library.
Use as a reference. Due to its scope and wide availability The Ashley Book of Knots has become a significant reference work in the field of knotting. The numbers Ashley assigned to each knot can be used to unambiguously identify them. This helps to identify knots despite local colloquialisms or identification changes. Citations to Ashley numbers are usually in the form: The Constrictor Knot (ABOK #1249), ABOK #1249 or even simply #1249 if the context of the reference is clear or already established. The book title is also found abbreviated in the forms: TABOK, TABoK or ABoK.
Some knots have more than one Ashley number due to having multiple uses or forms. For example, the main entry for #1249 is in the chapter on binding knots but it is also listed as #176 in a chapter on occupational knot usage. The Ashley Book of Knots was compiled and first published before the introduction of synthetic fiber ropes, during a time when natural fiber cordage - typically twisted, laid, or braided rope - was most commonly used. The commentary on some knots may fail to address their behavior when tied with modern synthetic fiber or kernmantle style ropes.
THE IMPROPER USE OF ROPE OR KNOTS MAY BE DANGEROUS.
Rope WILL FAIL if worn-out, overloaded, misused, damaged or improperly maintained or abused. Rope failure may cause death, serious injury, or property damage. Maximizing safety and service life begins with selecting the right rope, managing its proper functionality through optimal handling practices, and retiring it from service at the appropriate time - dictated by the characteristics of its application. Ropes are serious working tools, and when used properly they will give consistent and reliable service.