Originally Posted by Paul Elliott
Since I enjoy knots, here's a perfectly good Carrick Bend that I have weakened by using bowlines to secure the ends. Note the bowline -- it is a modified form, where the end has been looped around and fed back towards the standing end. This makes the knot
quite resistant to shaking free. I don't think it otherwise weakens the knot.
The Carrick bend is fairly strong because the rope
doesn't have any tight-radius bends. The main reason I like the Carrick Bend is because it just looks pretty. When you have a choice of equally appropriate knots, why not choose a pretty one?
In the dark, and / or in foul weather
, you want a knot that is both easy to tie and reliable. That's why climbers use figure eights. No worries.
Rock Climbing Knots: Figure Eight