#1 knot to know how to tie

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Oltymer, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    This is the first knot I teach my students, it is called the Sheet Bend, which is actually a bend and not a knot, but that's splitting hairs. Knowing this knot will allow you to join two pieces of rope - cordage of the same or different diameters, forms a strong joint, and is easy to get undone. If you only learn to tie one knot, this is the one that will prove most useful to you. There are thousands of knots, but the sheet bend is in my opinion the King of all knots. I have found that most people have no clue how to join two ropes together, so get busy practicing. You should be able to tie at least 10 knots for general purposes, and be able to tie them in the dark by feel, and with one hand. 004.JPG 005.JPG 006.JPG 008.JPG
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  2. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    The bowline is my go-to knot, the one I teach most often, along with the butterfly .
    Rescuing boats that have sunk, often required diving down 10-20-30 feet working under water, so merky and dark you couldn't see your hand in front of your face.
    Or tying to a frame member you can only reach with one hand but can't see what your doing, for the mud the front end is buried in.
    It is absolutely necessary to know your knots that well .
    One never knows, how or when this skill will be required.
    It is the same muscle memory one develops for other skills like shooting, knitting, ammo reloading, knife throwing, bow drill,
    and so forth. they may not seem that complex after you've been doing it for some time ,never the less it is muscle memory.
    It helps to learn to visualize in your mind's eye , while your doing it ,say under a towel or box or under the table.
    It doesn't take big expensive ropes , just string your fingers can feel the weight of .
    Scouting books have knots to learn and other books are available both for climbing and swift water rescue as well.
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  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    I learned that one back in my mountaineering days, and you are right - it's the knot I use most often. Note to others: If you are joining a thin line to a thick line, the thick line should be the one bent in a "U".
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  4. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    The Munter hitch and grapevine are probably my favorite knots. Most common is the bowline. Trucker's hitch is quite handy. Cool thread. :D
  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    my fave is a square knot.
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  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    If all else fails, pull out your Bluejacket's Manual and see the seamanship section. (You do have a copy of the BJM, do you not?)
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  7. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    And here I thought it was going to be something we will need in five to seven months, the hangman's noose.
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Would that it were so. I guess we'll have go with a simple slip knot or timber hitch ---
  9. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I was going to start a thread with this, but I'll add it to yours, if you don't mind.
    Decided to try a new knot, one unfamilar to me, but had come up in a thread, as both a Melee weapon and a tool. (That's right up my alley. ) so i set about to try a monkey's fist holding a ball.
    So what to use? No steel ball handy, so why not lead? So i cut an ingot of soft lead in half, and made a ball. 20160612_095029. 20160612_095318. 20160612_095529. 20160612_095754. 20160612_100814. 20160612_101303.
    Lead being a contact poison, i wore a glove while handling it, and washed up after as well.
    Next, i grabbed a 50' hank of paracord, and a free knot app, and set about learning a new knot. I found that a standard monkey's fist consists of 3x3x3 wraps on three axis (easier said then done)and does not leave any room inside for a metal ball, so i experimented with added wraps (9 different attempts) until the ball could be reasonably well concealed within. 20160612_101517. 20160612_141652. 20160612_143256. 20160612_144739. 20160612_161120. 20160612_162625. After removing all the slack and tieing an overhand knot in the free end, and retightening every wrap, it left 41' of the origonal 50', and could still have used more than the 7x7x7 wrap i ended up with. I will weigh the finished monkey's fist, at work on the postal scale at the next opportunity.

    20160612_163209. edit: finished weight 1lb 8oz.overall.

    Last edited: Jun 13, 2016
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  10. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I thought that anvil looked familiar .
    and the corn bread mold cast lead .dad did several of those.
    Would it not be more efficient to make a casting of a ball out of plaster of Paris and pour several?
    One could even cast the hole( like a slide sinker) in the ball for anchoring the tether .
  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    As ghrit would tell you, the wrap is to protect the bulkhead and the knothead who misses the tossed line. It is to soften the blow. A simple dogbone, or a cast ball would work fine, if you didn't care about what that end could hit by accident.
    As for the plaster, i have none, and the cast soft lead is what i bought before i started casting my own. $2.00 per pound.
    Once i have a proper mold, i will be casting bullets for black powder.
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  12. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    a corncob knot head.... I'm speechless!:lol:[LMAO]

    Nice post Kells
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