Stoppers: Lessons

Knots that prevent a rope from running out of your hands or retaining devices.
Double Overhand

Double Overhand

An improved version of the regular Overhand Knot. It’s larger, more reliable and more difficult to untie. The knot can be used not only as a stopper knot at the end of a rope, but also to increase the security of another knots. The knot has an «X» shape in its horizontal position. When it is done correctly, the «X» on the knot crosses from the upper left down to the lower right.

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Blimp Knot

Blimp Knot

An essential stopper-knot, which prevents the rope from running out of tackles, such as deadeyes. The Blimp knot is very secure and relatively easy to release, but can jam if the strain is too high.

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Fire-esсape Knot

Fire-esсape Knot

The fastest way to get a knotted line with a series of overhand knots. The main advantage of the fire-escape knot is its quickness, which makes it an important rescue knot. A knotted rope can be thrown to a man overboard or can be used to escape from a burning building.

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Overhand Knot (Thumb Knot)

Overhand Knot (Thumb Knot)

This is the simplest stopper knot, and very compact and easy to tie. It is important to learn this knot because it is often used as a basis for other knots. Another advantage is that it can be tied very close to objects or other knots. So, the knot is good for tying at the ends of ropes or threads to prevent them from unraveling or slipping; for example, out of a needle’s eye. The disadvantage of this knot is that it can twist and slip if the strength of the pull varies. It also can damage the rope, especially those made of vegetable fibers.

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Figure-8 Knot

Figure-8 Knot

A regular stopper-knot, which prevents the rope from running out of retaining devices. One of the four basic maritime knots. The Figure-8 knot doesn’t jam even under great strain and can be released effortlessly. Its only drawback is that without strain the knot may fall undone. The Figure-8 is an important sailing and climbing knot.

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