About ten minutes after humans figured out how to make rope we started devising ways to tie two pieces together. Knot tying is a valuable skill for any Toolmonger, so today I present to you the first in a series of practical knots that you can use in daily life: the Fisherman’s Knot. Often used to re-connect tuna nets, it’s also handy for connecting two short ropes together into a single, longer one. In fact, I used this very knot today to repair to my shoelaces.
The Fisherman’s Knot is a bend – a knot used to connect two pieces of rope together. It’s easy to tie and won’t come untied on it’s own while under tension.
Step 1: Lay the two pieces of rope next to each other. Tie a counterclockwise overhand knot with the upper rope around the bottom rope as shown below.
Step 2: Tie another counterclockwise overhand knot with the bottom rope around the upper rope.
Step 3: Tighten each individual knot around the rope it’s clasping.
Step 4: Once the two knots are tight, pull both standing ends of the rope so the knots are snug next to each other.
Step 5: You’re done! Seriously, that’s it. You’ve successfully created a bend knot to securely join two pieces of rope. It should look something like this.
Some links to additional information about this knot:
Step-By-Step Video Instructions [www.iwillknot.com]
Fisherman’s Knot Wikipedia Article [www.wikipedia.org]
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework Via Amazon [What’s this?]