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These are some usfull boyscout knots.

Sheet Bend

"The --------- is an important knot for joining two rope ends especially if the ropes are of different sizes. Sailors named it in the days of the sail when they wouls "bend" (tie) the "sheets" (ropes hanging in the rigging of a ship.). Begin with a bight in the larger rope. Then weave the end of the smaller rope up through the eye, around the bight, and back under itself. Snug it carefully before applying any strain to the knot." All these are exerted from "Knots and How To Tie Them" or the Boyscout handbook.

Fishermans Knot

The fishermans knot is used for joining two fine lines such as fishing leaders. It si simply two overhand knots, one holding the right line and other left hand line. Pull each of the two overhand knots seperatly. Then make the whole knot taught so that the two overhand knots come together by pulling on the standing parts of each line.

Slippery Sheet Bend

The slippery sheet bend is simply an ordinbary shhet bend with a bight left in the smaller rope. This bight makes it "slippery" because it can be untied quickly, merely by a tug on the free end of the rope. It is a valuable knot for use when you expect to tie and untie it often.


The bowline has been called the king of knots. It will never slip or jam if properly made and thus, is exellent for tying around a person in a rescue. Begin by forming an overhand loop in the standing part. Then take the free end up through the eye, around the standing part and back where it came from.

French Bowline

This is a double bowline because it provides two nonslip loops (which can be of different sizes). With it a person can sit in one loop and have the second loop as back support, leaving his hands free. It is excellent for rescue work or for seamen working over the side of a ship. Begin by making an overhand loop as in the regulare bowline. But then pass the "eye" twice before bringing it back around the standing part and through the original eye.

Square Knot

Take two ropes with one rope end go right over left then left over right tie the knot and you have a square knot.- Personal Info.

Slippery Half Hitch

This si occasionally used but should be considerd tempoary. It si actually only an overhand knot and left "slippery." It can be quickly untied by pulling on the free end. The sliuppery half hitch can be locked by passing the end back through the eye and pulling tight.

Pipe Hitch

The Pipe hitch is useful for lifting a bar or post straight up, as in pulling it out of the ground. To tie it, take four or five turns around the post. Cross the end over and finish with two half hitches around the standing part. An added hitch is usaully taken higher on the post with the standing part to keep the post verticle.

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