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By:    On: 2014-05-27

Knowing how to tie secure knots can be a critical skill in many pastimes and occupations. They must be able to tie and release knots quickly and tightly using knot forms that will secure heavy objects or withstand the force of different kinds of pull and impact on the rope.

The overhand knot is the simplest type of knot and is used to make a knob in a rope, string, or cord. It is one of the most fundamental knots. It forms the basis of many other knots including simple noose, angler’s loop, reef knot, fisherman’s knot and water knot. It is a knot formed by making a loop in a piece of cord and pulling the end through it. It is also called single knot.

How to tie :
The overhand knot is quite simple to tie. Form a loop and pass the end through it. Tighten it to form the Overhand knot. When pulled tight it can function as a simple stopper knot.

  • Hold the rope out parallel to the ground and cross it over to form a loop.
  • Wrap the right-hand end through the loop, and pull !

Uses:

  • It is a knot to use if your goal is permanence. The possible uses are:
  • It is used for tying packages.
  • It is used to keep rope ends from fraying.
  • It is used as a first step in making more complex knots such as the surgeon’s knot and the square knot.
  • It is also used for fishing and climbing.

 

Pros:

  • It is easy to tie. It does not come undone even with fairly stiff ropes.
  • Overhand knot plays a vital role for fire fighters, sailors, climbers and campers. The survival can depend on a properly tied knot.
  • It is one of the few stopper knots that can be tied tightly up against an object or a knot.
  • It is very useful to put at the ends of ropes to prevent it from sliding it through holes.

Cons:

  • It is not so easy to adjust.
  • It is very difficult to untie after being loaded.
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