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    The 5 most useful knots?

    I have a question. I find it quite difficult to learn knots, despite their usefulness, (maybe because trying to do them from pictures makes me go cross eyed), so i have determined to learn just 5. But,... 5 really useful knots, knots that will help me in most situations. Then I'll forget about all the rest. But which 5? Any suggestions...

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Learn to tie a couple of knots in paracord!

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    My top five,

    Bowline
    Taunt line hitch
    Carrick bend
    Constrictor (you also learn the clove hitch at the same time)
    Figure eight

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Learning 5 good knots is a fine place to start. Once you've mastered those 5 and understand their nature you'll find learning others will get easier and easier.

    The first four I learned were:

    Reef knot
    Bowline
    Clove hitch
    Round turn with two half hitches

    And a stopper knot makes 5. I can't remember which stopper knot I learned first. Figure of eight or thumb knot.

    I found it easiest to practice with a couple of sections of spare rope. I've seen people take their shoelaces out to practice with. Whatever works. And some books (and I daresay internet pages) are certainly easier to learn from than others. I shopped around in about 4 different book shops until I found a ropework book that seemed right for me.
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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Try the 12 wrap slipknot.
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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Hi BCMan!

    Learning 5 knots is the best way to start to get your head around ropework.. as long as you use or practice those five knots regularly. The brain has a canny knack of forgetting stuff unless it is in regular use.
    A good point to start would be to try and figure out what it might be that you want the knots for? If you are starting out in rock or tree climbing you will want to be concentrating on a whole different group of knots for example.
    My general purpose top five are:

    Bowline with a stopper knot
    Round turn and two half hitches
    Reef knot with stopper knots
    Butterfly
    Truckers Hitch

    It all depends on the application.

    Here are a couple of links to websites with videos/animations you may find easier to learn from than books.
    http://www.iwillknot.com/
    http://www.animatedknots.com/

    The second website is sectioned up into the different applications for knots which may help you decide on your top five.

    Good luck and always have a bit of yard long paracord in your pocket to practice on

    Enjoy,
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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuey View Post
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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?



    I hear medicated talc is highly effective

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    1 - Shoelace bow (knot). You cannot get by in life without it
    2 - Full windsor tie knot. Ditto
    3 - Round turn two half hitches
    4 - Bowline
    5 - Clove hitch

    Other useful ones
    6 - Forgotten the name - its the one you do for guy lines on tent pegs that's adjustable and slippery
    7 - Falconers hitch
    8 - Sheet bend

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    I'm surprised that the reef knot has not been mentioned.

    I also often use a round turn and a single half hitch with a loop which can be pulled through for quick untie but I don't know what that's called.
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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Couple of mentions for the trusty reef knot earlier in the thread.

    Could the knot you can't remember the name of be called the Highwaymans hitch?

    Was taught this one as a cub scout.. ah.. those were the days

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuey View Post
    Couple of mentions for the trusty reef knot earlier in the thread.
    Quite right, I suppose I should read it all before making comments like that..
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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    Actually good point, the reef knot is more useful than quite a few

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    The uni knot is one of my favourites, really easy to tie (and remember!) and really versatile, you can even use it to join 2 lengths of cord together. It's the only knot I ever use in fishing other than the surgeons loop.

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    Re: The 5 most useful knots?

    The uni knot, is that a fishermans knot?. I was thinking that you would need one knot for tying two lines together, one for attaching a line to a fixing (post, tree trunk) one for attaching a line to a line, like in the prusik style, one for cinching cord around an object (for packing etc) and then maybe a knot for tightening a guy rope?. That might cover most situations, or maybe a loop knot too, perhaps in stead of the guy rope knot.

 

 

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