Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Heaving Line Knot

Heaving Line Knot

Applications : Throwing lines fly better through the air if the end is weighted, and this is one knot for the job. (See also monkey's fist) Tied in a length of cord it makes a neat, convenient hank to carry in a rucksack or on a belt loop.

Method : Make a bight and wrap the two adjacent parts with the working end (1-2). After tucking the working end, pull all slack through the knot (first one way, then the other) until it emerges where the standing part enters the knot (3-4). For a bulkier version of the same knot, wrap three standing parts (5-7).

History : The heaving line knot and variations on it have been recorded since at least the nineteenth century.

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