Written Test - Tool Box Topics

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One-Handed Bowline

    Uses: The ultimate safety knot, the One-Handed Bowline is used for wilderness survival, among other things. The One-Handed Bowline can be used for an emergency lift, or for securing, if both arms are not an option.


    Bowline on a Bight!

Notes about the Knot!: A Bowline with a Bight

    is used when an ordinary bowline isn’t enough.

    The Bowline with a Bight is essentially a

    reinforced bowline, but with a twist. The BWAB

    uses two lines of cord to form one single loop,

    unlike the original bowline, which uses a single


    Uses: Use the Bowline with a Bight if you need a non-slipping knot that can be tied without using the ends. A great knot for creating a foothold on a climbing rope. Or use it to make a bosun’s chair.

    The Carrick Bend

    Uses: The Carrick Bend is used to join two lengths of

    rope together. While an alternative is the Sheet Bend

    (a great knot for a quick connection!), the Carrick Bend

    is both a) reinforced, as it is a stronger, more complex

    knot, and b) still simple to create, with five steps.

Racking Bend

    Uses: The racking bend is a knot for joining two ropes of different diameter. "Racking" refers to the figure eight weaving that binds the bight of the

    larger rope together.

See video for instructions!

    Buntline Hitch

    Uses: Simple and effective, the buntline hitch dates to the age of sail where it was used to secure buntline to the foot of the sails on square-rigged ships. That the Buntline hitch was the preferred knot speaks to its security and reliability. Once set, repeated jerking tend to tighten it further rather than loosening it. It forms a very compact and reliable knot. It has gained in popularity in recent years due to its performance in slippery modern synthetic lines.

    Monkey Fist

    Uses: The Monkey's Fist is a good decorative knot and can be used to add weight to the end of a heaving line.

    Tying it: The Monkey's Fist is often tied around separated fingers. For the demonstration here, a piece of wire was used instead. After each set of three complete turns, the direction is changed by passing the end through the middle. Count carefully: it is very easy to miscount and have four strands on one side and three strands opposite.

    Caution: Dock hands have been known to cut Monkey's Fists off heaving lines in anger - Imagine looking up against a bright sky trying to see and catch a neat coil and then being hit on the head by a weighted missile!

    Turk’s Head

    Uses: This is a great decorative knot. One great use for the Turk’s Head is for your neckerchief slide!


    (aka Man-O'-War-Sheepshank)

Uses: Perhaps the most practical knot in the bunch, the Man o’ War Sheepshank is used to take up the

    slack in a loose length of rope, giving you less rope to work with, for a smoother and cleaner knot.

Plus, it’s an excellent knot for showing off!

    University of Scouting Central Maine Community College

    March 24, 2012

Advanced Knot Tying


    Jim Thomas

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