How to Tie the 10 Most Useful Knots

Whether it's a simple overhand or the more complicated sheepshank, here are ten useful knots to know whether you're homesteading, boating, or camping.



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Figure Eight Knot
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Overhand Knot, the first and simplest of our ten useful knots.
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Sheet (Becket) Bend
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Square (Reef) Knot
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The bowline. Use it when you need a secure, fixed loop at the end of a rope.
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Carrick Bend
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The Clove Hitch. This knot won't be secure unless there is a load at both ends of the rope.
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Taut-Line Hitch
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Sheepshank knot, to temporarily shorten a length of rope you'd rather not cut.
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The Timber Hitch is secure under load yet easy to undo when the load is removed.
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