This particular version of the anglers loop is taken from The Knot Book by Geoffrey Budworth: Anglers Loop it may sound like a fishing knot, but this all purpose loop is useful for sailors too, particularly as it holds well in bungee cord, which wiggles free from many otherwise dependable knots, even the trusty bowline. Its other name is the perfection loop – anyone who uses it on a regular basis will know the reason why. With the introduction of synthetic ropes the anglers loop has come of age, it is ideally suited to today’s more slippery cordage and therefore well worth adding to your repertoire knots.
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😉 I want the Spyderco C06TIP Tusk Marlin Spike Folding Knife! Anyone at Spyderco want to send me one to feature in my videos? 😉
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Joining Two Colours of Paracord Together with Turbo Lighter Tutorial. The Welding Method and the Interlock Method of joining Paracord.
In this tutorial I will be showing two different methods of joining Paracord using a Turbo lighter. This is especially useful when doing decorative knot work. The first process is not as secure as the second process, as this just involves welding the two end of Paracord together with the Turbo lighter. The second method is more secure as it incorporates the weaving of the two ends together.
Once you have learnt how to tie the common Bowline, then this Triple Loop Bowline will be an easy one for you to tie. When tying the Triple Loop Bowline, each individual loop can be adjusted to a different size if required.
Triple Bowline Uses
This can also be used as an improvised chair sling for an emergency rescue situation. This version of the Bowline can used as a multi-point anchorage for various activities.
Snake Knot Knife Lanyard The snake knot is a really easy knot to learn to tie. If you want a decorative knife lanyard or key lanyard then this is a really good knot to learn. This knot is also especially … Continue reading →
One of the best knots to use to make any lanyard adjustable is the Fisherman’s Knot or the Double Fisherman’s Knot. The wonderful thing about the Fisherman’s knot is that it is so easy to tie, also the friction on the lanyard can be increase by tightening the knots.
Adjustable Neck Knife Lanyard Video Tutorial
This video will show you how I use the fisherman’s knot, to ensure that my MTech neck knife can be fully adjusted. This is very useful because there are times you don’t want the neck knife dangling in the way when you are bent over.
Here is a fine example of Mikko Snellman’s incredible skills. Engineering display, a sculpture, work of art or working model, whatever you want to call this it is a wonderful display. This picture depicts the process of rope making from cut plant to finished rope, what a fantastic way of demonstrating the process!
The Two Strand Matthew Walker Knot, Single, Double, and Treble is relatively easy to tie. In this tutorial I will show you how to tie a couple of variations of the Matthew Walker Knot. This can be a useful stopper knot, or a decorative addition for a lanyard or knife lanyard. The thing to remember about the Matthew Walker knot is that you need to be gentle when tying it. Gently pull up each strand and coax it into position. The thing to remember is just keep going round in small steps and you will be rewarded with beautiful Matthew Walker Knot.
As most of you are aware, I am not a knife person, but I thought I would share with you the Unboxing of Lansky World Legal, Survivor Two Tone, Mtech Tactical Neck Knife. My main purchase was the Lansky in order to assist me with my knotting and also as an EDC. After making the video I manage to cut myself on the Lansky, getting used to the mechanism was the problem!
Also known as: Alpine Loop Knot; Lineman’s Rider; Lineman’s Loop Knot; is the best of several loop knots that are tied in the bight and that are suitable for hauling in a direction parallel to the axis of the rope.
This knot was originally used by Linemen and especially telephone engineers. “It is absolutely secure and will hold from any point from which it is drawn.” (Burger).
**Very Cheap Fids!** These are not designed to be fids, as they are wine bottle stoppers. However they are cheap and if you loose one, you don’t really care. I personally have one in the glove box of my car and other places. So if ever away from the tools, I have a spare fid to use. Yes they are small, but they do work well. There are other models also:
Prusik Bottle Sling – Prusik Knot Variation – How to Tie
This knot is mentioned in Ashley Book of Knots #1763. However it does not have a name and also I think the Prusik’s knot true potential was knot known then. The Prusik knot has become very popular as good knot that does not slip when under load.
If ever you have wanted to make a bell rope and felt a bit daunted by the task, fear not, here is the solution.Mikko Snellman has put together a complete kit to make a bell rope from scratch. If you watch the video below you will see exactly what you are getting and what you will achieve achieve.
It has been sometime since I made this short post and I can now confirm that a number of people have purchased the Bell Rope Making Kit from Mikko. I have seen some of the results on Facebook and not only do they look good, but people are very happy with the bell rope kit they received.
Making a Bell Rope Kit
To get a DIY Bell Rope Kit, just visit his website here: http://www.snellman.ax/ do not worry about it not being in English, just contact him via his email at the bottom of the page.
I have also noticed since originally writing this post that Mikko also has other kits on his site for sale.
So click on the video below to watch how you will be making a bell rope:
This is not a how to, I just wanted to show photos of my ditty bag that I made years ago.
Making a Ditty Bag
Making a Ditty Bag is a very personal thing. You may find that over time you will make a number of Ditty Bags. The main reason being is that when you first start out knotting, you have a desire to make a Ditty Bag (well I did). You then go ahead and make your first Ditty Bag and you feel very proud to have achieved that. Also at the same time, you vow never to make another Ditty Bag again! As you look at your new Ditty Bag, you remember all the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it. Not to mention the pain and the newly formed callouses that now decorate your hands.
Ditty Bag Showcase
For many people the Ditty Bag is a showcase of the knotting and sewing skills that they have learnt and put into the making of a Ditty Bag. As time goes by new skills and knots are learnt. Also the memory of the pain of making a Ditty Bag has long faded. So you feel a need to make another Ditty Bag, and showcase your newest skills combined with older skills that you still love.
For more information about the Ditty Bag, click on one of the links or search this site for Ditty Bag.
I now have 4 Ditty Bags and I get the feeling that there will be another in the near future!!!
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Ditty Bag Book
The Ditty Bag Book teaches modern-day sailors the art form of hand-making ditty bags to use on their own seaward travels.
I just had to share this with the world. I was sent these two pictures via Twitter from HMS Albion: New ceremonial bell ropes arrive – amazing!
You have to admit that this is very fine work!
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A new Captain joined HMS Albion yesterday, blow me over, he had a Twitter account. So I asked him if he could get the “Albion Twitter Comms Rating” to reply to my Tweets. Had a few replies in my in-box this morning.
I had the following reply:
“Good afternoon Knotter. TY for the ongoing enthusiastic support and interest. I have just seen your message to the Captain. How can I help?”
“Delighted for you to use the bell rope images on your website. Our bell rope which we will gift to Chester next week was made by the sailors on most recent LH seamanship spec course at RALEIGH.”
“The other ceremonial bell ropes were made by one of the riggers who gifted them to the ship. He wishes to stay anonymous so we have not given any detail”
How to Protect Your Knot Work Decorative Knot Work Protection I thought I would do a short video on the finishing solution that I make up to project some of my knotting projects. Basically, I use the solution for two … Continue reading →
I just wanted to display some excellent work done by Steven Le Say on FaceBook.
“After yesterday’s massive fishing hook I thought I would make one that I could definitely use. I’m going to make a few different styles of hooks and toggles then go and try them all out. Penny for size reference”
I personally love this as it is really going back to basics. Hopefully I will shortly be able to give you an update on how well they worked – Is Steven a bitter fatter or starving hungry?
Paracord Bracelet Mad Max Style for Girls No Buckles – How to Tie. Not really, it was just the colours that dictated the title. This is a simple tutorial on how to make a Paracord Bracelet using the Portuguese Sinnet and the Lanyard or Diamond knot. This is probably the simplest decorative bracelet to make.