Thursday, March 27, 2008

Other useful terms

Other useful terms

The end of a line used to tie knots is reffered to as the working end or (by anglers) the tag end or (if it is being pulled out of your hand) the bitter and (1).

The other is the standing end. in between is doubled it is called a bight, until it is crossed over itself and becomes a loop, maybe eith an elbow.

Wrapping a rope around a post or rail, to take the strain of a moving boat or a heavy load, is called 'taking a turn' but bringing the working end around and extra half turn, prior to making fast, creates a round turn (2)

A simple knot with something though it is a half-hitch (3). finish off a round turn with two half-hitches rather than two reversed half-hitches.

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