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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Knot Tying- Part 3

Directional Figure-Eight

DIRECTIONAL FIGURE-EIGHT

The directional figure-eight knot forms a single, fixed loop in the middle of the rope that lays back along the standing part of the rope. It is a middle rope knot.

a. Tying the Knot.

STEP 1. Face the far side anchor so that when the knot is tied, it lays inward.
STEP 2. Lay the rope from the far side anchor over the left palm. Make one wrap around the palm.
STEP 3. With the wrap thus formed, tie a figure-eight knot around the standing part that leads to the far side anchor.
STEP 4. When dressing the knot down, the tail and the bight must be together.
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Double Fisherman's Knot

DOUBLE FISHERMAN’S KNOT

The double fisherman’s knot (also called double English or grapevine) is used to tie two ropes of the same or approximately the same diameter. It is a joining knot.

a. Tying the Knot.

STEP 1. With the working end of one rope, tie two wraps around the standing part of another rope.
STEP 2. Insert the working end (STEP 1) back through the two wraps and draw it tight.
STEP 3. With the working end of the other rope, which contains the standing part (STEPS 1 and 2), tie two wraps around the standing part of the other rope (the working end in STEP 1). Insert the working end back through the two wraps and draw tight.
STEP 4. Pull on the opposing ends to bring the two knots together.

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Figure-Eight Bend

FIGURE-EIGHT BEND

The figure-eight bend is used to join the ends of two ropes of equal or unequal diameter within 5-mm difference.

a. Tying the Knot.

STEP 1. Grasp the top of a 2-foot bight.
STEP 2. With the other hand, grasp the running end (short end) and make a 360-degree turn around the standing end.
STEP 3. Place the running end through the loop just formed creating an in-line figure eight.
STEP 4. Route the running end of the other ripe back through the figure eight starting from the original rope’s running end. Trace the original knot to the standing end.
STEP 5. Remove all unnecessary twists and crossovers. Dress the knot down.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!

Charlie

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