What’s Your Favorite Knot/Hitch?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Meat, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    There’s something really cool about using a hitch or knot. Pulling it off with an audience can increase the pressure but also the satisfaction. Here’s my top three.
    (3) Bowline. Awesome knot with tons of uses.
    (2) Timber Hitch. Another useful knot for tying things off where a Clove Hitch might be difficult based on diameter or ?
    #1 is the Munter Hitch. Wicked tension is possible and released with ease.
    I’ll post a memorable Timber Hitch story a bit later. :D
  2. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Blood knot is an extremely useful knot to know! I also use a Double Tri-Line knot pretty often, especially when I need absolute strength! A Palomar knot is also a very useful knot, especially when used for heavy lifting. I have others, but these are fun to do!
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

  4. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    I’m going to look some of those up. Either different names than I’m used to or unfamiliar. :D
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  5. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I find that a bowline, a timber hitch, and a square knot are the most useful knots in my profession. I insist that all my employees be able to tie them behind their back. My least favorite knot is the running hatchet knot and that is usually what you get if they don't know a bowline or a square knot.
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  6. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    I usually end up using a square knot, a truckers hitch or half hitch, but I have found nothing better than the in line knot for flag halyards, trot lines etc. There is no single universal knot or lashing and they can become very interesting puzzles as is fly tying.
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  7. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    I like the locking clove hitch, but I made up that name, not sure what it's really called, you make it by holding a loop straight, then letting it drop into a figure 8, then put it over what you need to hitch, basically it a clove hitch with the end leads over lapped under the cross of the clove hitch, it holds very well.
    If anyone knows what it is really called, let me know... I've been calling my Trommel a dirt sifter since I invented it 30 years ago!

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  8. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    Bowline, half hitch, double half hitch (never heard of a full hitch), square, and the one where you pull a quick release loop in a line and tug a line through that for tension. I don’t know the name.
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Given the threads and posts that I have seen on this forum, I would have thought that this would have been the most popular knot.....


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  10. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

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  11. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    For me, a bowline, running bowline, or a timber hitch, are what I mostly used as a young man. For those who may not know, the (bowline) knot is stronger than the rope.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2018
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  12. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Only for those that are naughty!!!
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  13. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    That looks like the Castle Doctrine knot.
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  14. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Clinch, bowline and double fisherman's knot are the ones I use most frequently.
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  15. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    I believe a fisherman’s knot is the same as a grapevine. Awesome knot that should have cracked my top three. :D
  16. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Sheet bend to join two lines, especially if one is thicker than the other
    Slip knot is how I close all plastic bags
    Lark's Head knot to secure any line to something at a right angle like a prussic sling or a lanyard.
    Midshipman's/Tautline Hitch for adjusting the length of a line
    Square knot as a general "duz it all"
    Granny knot back in the day just because it used to piss my Dad off
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  17. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    My skill and dexterity at hitch and knot tying back in the day was, sub-optimal....

    Failed reef knots usually became granny knots,
    Failed granny knots would become reef knots,
    And sometimes I'd fail at both and surprisingly (at least to me) tie a thief knot.
    Otherwise, when fishing, I'd (as often as knot).....tie a,
    good grief knot. :(
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  18. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Known hereabouts as a bird's nest. Done my fair share of those, I have.
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  19. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    bowline , bowline with a back door, butterfly, square, fisherman's knot, truckers hitch, prusik, and a few I have forgotten the name of .
    Like a tools in a box, the more you know how to safely manipulate the fabric the better it can work for you, in their specific applications . Also knowing the right time to use fastening substitutes that will not compromise the fabric .
    I call it a fabric because there are many different kinds ,that have their limits and strengths .
    Knots usually create injuries to the fabric which limit it's future use . so do certain necessary metal substitutes for that matter .
    I have rope that is strong but expendable because it functions better in certain applications. beyond rope that are steel cable and chain that require their own level of skills but not something generally you want to tie in knots and handle .
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  20. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Clearly Ambiguous

    My favorite is the knot I see on a very regular basis, what I like to call the “Thunder Knot.” It’s a combination of all known knots into one with a few overhand knots to jam the entire monstrosity into a tight ball that requires a sharp knife to “untie.”
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