Loops: Lessons

Loop-forming knots.
Honda knot

Honda knot

A honda knot is the loop knot commonly used in a lasso. Its round shape, especially when tied in stiff rope, helps it slide freely along the rope it is tied around. A Lariat Loop is similarly constructed but will not slip from the running end. This is the knot all cowboys use to form their lasso or lariat. ABoK #227, #1024, #1127

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Bowline on bight

Bowline on bight

The Bowline on a bight is a knot which makes a pair of fixed-size loops in the middle of a rope. Its advantage is that it is reasonably easy to untie after being exposed to a strain. This knot can replace the figure-eight knot when tying into a climbing harness. However, it is critical to use a strong backup knot with plenty of tail beyond the knot. ABoK #1080

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Noose Knot

Noose Knot

The Noose Knot is a simple loop, which can be done quickly. It was widely used in hunting to catch little animals and birds. The noose knot is also used in knitting, packaging and for forming other knots. The knot doesn’t jam and can be easily untied. The size of the loop is adjustable. Pull the running end sideways to make the loop larger or pull the standing end to tighten the noose. ABoK #1114

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Bowline Knot

Bowline Knot

An ancient knot, known for thousands of years, that is sometimes called «the king of knots» for its multiple virtues and vast scope of application. It is easy to tie and untie, doesn’t slip off the rope and doesn’t jam. It is one of the four basic maritime knots. ABoK #1010, #1716

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