Top 11 Useful Knots

11 knots that can be used from crafts to survival.  How to tie them and what they can be used for.

#2 A Constrictor Knot

This is a Constrictor knot.  The constrictor knot is one of the most effective binding knots. Simple and secure, it is a harsh knot that can be difficult or impossible to untie once tightened. It is made similarly to a clove hitch but with one end passed under the other, forming an overhand knot under a riding turn.

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#3 Taut-Line Hitch

The Taut-Line Hitch is an adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension. It is useful when the length of a line will need to be periodically adjusted in order to maintain tension. It is made by tying a Rolling hitch around the standing part after passing around an anchor object.

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#4 Bowline Knot

This is a bowline knot that is a really useful knot for many thing.  The bowline is an ancient and simple knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It has the virtues of being both easy to tie and untie; most notably, it is easy to untie after being subjected to a load. The bowline is sometimes referred as King of the knots because of its importance.

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#5 Half Hitch Knot

Although the half hitch is knot in its own right, it is rarely used alone as it is unsafe when used alone. Two half hitches can be use to tie a rope to a tree, boat or any object. It is often used in a supporting role, for example to increase the security of a primary knot.

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#8 Sheepshank

The sheepshank knot is not stable. It will fall apart under too much load or too little load. The knot has several features which allow a rope to be shortened: It provides two loops, one at each end of the knot which can be used to pass another rope through.

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#9 Improved Clinch Knot

The improved clinch knot is a knot that is used for securing a fishing line to the fishing lure, but can also affix fishing line to a swivel, clip, or artificial fly. This is a common knot used by anglers because of its simple tie and strong hold.

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#10 Timber Hitch Knot

The timber hitch is a knot used to attach a single length of rope to a cylindrical object. Secure while tension is maintained, it is easily untied even after heavy loading. The timber hitch is a very old knot. It is first known to have been mentioned in a nautical source c. 1625 and illustrated in 1762.

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