Pretty much all of us know how to tie a simple knot. We’ve tied our shoes and knotted ribbons onto gifts, but there are several types of knots out there that are important to know. A properly tied knot is an essential tool for survival, and everybody should know the different ways one can be tied.
Tying a knot might not be the first thing you’d associate with a life or death situation, but knowing how to tie these different types of knots may just come in handy someday.
No, you probably won’t ever be stuck on a deserted island fighting for survival, but yes, you may have to tie a knot while doing everyday activities such as fishing or rock climbing.
This video from Instructables.com gives a simple tutorial for tying five essential knots. These knots can be used in a wide range of outdoor situations from setting up a hammock to tying a canoe to shore.
The knots are broken down into the following five types:
This knot is commonly used as a stopper knot to prevent rope or line from separating.
This knot forms a fixed loop within a rope, making it commonly used for attaching clips or hooks during rock climbing.
This knot takes on the shape of a square, and is commonly used for reefing sails.
This knot, commonly known as the weaver’s knot, can be used to secure two ropes together.
This knot can be used to latch onto another object, and can be adjusted to be tightened or loosened as preferred.
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