David sent us this “little
plastic metal jigger that keeps you from having to know how to tie a trucker’s hitch” from the soon-to-be-as-seen-on-TV file.
The “trucker’s hitch” [as seen here in the great demo at animatedknots.com] is a knot commonly used by truckers to shorten and secure load tie-downs. The Tite-Tie serves the same purpose, directing rope into the same configuration — but without any knot-tying experience.
Here’s the part I don’t get, though: we’d love to tell you how much they’re asking for this thing, but we can’t find any place where you can buy it.
Maybe that’s an indication of the demand for a tool that replaces a knot you can tie for free. I’m just sayin’.
Update: The Tite-Tie’s inventor stopped by in comments and passed on that a) we couldn’t find the price because it’s currently selling in countries other than the US, b) it’ll be on-sale in the US soon at “most leading hardware stores” for $7.50 to $9.95 a set, and c) it’s made of metal, not plastic. He also points out that “there are nine different ways to tie a trucker’s knot.” All of this, of course, makes this a much more interesting tool than it was at first glance.
Multi-Use Tie Down [Tite-Tie]