Thursday, March 27, 2008



When the working end is not pulled completely through the knot, a draw-loop is created. tug on that end and it acts as a quick-release to undo the knot.

Mooring and tethering hitches are obivous examples of draw-loops. the highwayman's hitch, for instance, is just one draw-loop after another. many other knots may be improved in this way.

Some, Such as the common bowline, may actually be strengthened by the extra rope part within the body of the knot. Such knots are also less likely to jam. So, unless you want a semi-permanent knot, draw-loops should be used wherever possible

Note that if you treat both working ends of a reef knot as draw-loops, you will end up with the familiar double reef bow used to tie shocase

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