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Old 05-03-2015, 06:26   #1
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Hello all. This morning (3-5-15)in Michigan it was 0 degrees out on my way in to work. I know though that spring is just around the corner, and on my spare time I have been practicing
tying a few knots. My question today is what is your favorite knot to tie, and what knot do you find most useful? Mine favorite knot to tie is a monkey's fist and the knot I use the most is a bowline knot.

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My favorite knot to tie is the one I need right now, lol.

I'm a big fan of the one-handed bowline. It's saved my butt a few times so I guess I could christen it my favorite.
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I'm a big fan of the one-handed bowline. It's saved my butt a few times so I guess I could christen it my favorite.
Yup - me too. That should be the first knot anyone learns.

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"The knot u need right now."that's great. I'm not familiar with the one handed bowline knot though. How is it different from a normal one.


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being able to tie a rolling hitch in the dark is a godsend - when you need it
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That's sort of like asking what is the best fastener to use. But for versatility I'll choose a screw, and a rolling hitch.
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I'm not familiar with the one handed bowline knot though. How is it different from a normal one.
You learn to tie it with one hand - while the other hand is busy saving your butt until you can get a knot tied.

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Lol, I guess I'll have to practice doing that.

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Learned the one-hand bowline when I was 8; you pull the line around your back, support your weight with the off-hand, and tie the bowline with the other. Everyone should know how to do this.
There are many videos showing how it's done; here is one:

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Frayed knot
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Thanks for the video clip now I see.

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The knot I use most would have to be the bowline. The only times I have used single handed bowline is where it passes around an object, not my waist. I am still waiting to be smug about knowing that one when it is truly a life saving emergency .

My favourite would have to be the Zeppelin though. It is used whenever I want to tie two lines together and is a particularly useful one to know when the lines are of different diameter or the knot is being loaded and unloaded.

The Zeppelin is a brilliant knot and the word should be spread about its usefulness (it is easy to tie, can be done in the dark and is dead reliable). Using only knots that are centuries old tends to be self perpetuated and unfortunately vastly better knots like the Zeppelin are ignored.

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The knot I use most would have to be the bowline. The only times I have used single handed bowline is where it passes around an object, not my waist. I am still waiting to be smug about knowing that one when it is truly a life saving emergency .

My favourite would have to be the Zeppelin though. It is used whenever I want to tie two lines together and is a particularly useful one to know when the lines are of different diameter or the knot is being loaded and unloaded.

The Zeppelin is a brilliant knot and the word should be spread about its usefulness (it is easy to tie, can be done in the dark and is dead reliable). Using only knots that are centuries old tends to be self perpetuated and unfortunately vastly better knots like the Zeppelin are ignored.

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Well Lassie, a bit of a "knotty" problem telling which knot but then "knot" showing it.

Here's the link to Animated Knots

Zeppelin Bend | How to tie the Zeppelin Bend | Boating Knots
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Well Lassie, a bit of a "knotty" problem telling which knot but then "knot" showing it.

Here's the link to Animated Knots

Zeppelin Bend | How to tie the Zeppelin Bend | Boating Knots
I think they tried extra hard to find the most complicated way to tie this knot and presented that LOL.

The '69' method is the easiest and most foolproof one in my opinion .

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The '69' method is the easiest and most foolproof one in my opinion .

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If it can be presented on a family forum - may we see this procedure?
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