Cheap Metal Fids for Your Knot Work

Cheap Fid**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:

 

 

 

 

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Prusik Bottle Sling – Prusik Knot Variation – How to Tie

Prusik Bottle SlingPrusik 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.

 

 

๐ŸŽ€ Fisherman’s Knot: https://youtu.be/tBwhgDPKxh0

๐ŸŽ€ Adjustable Jug Sling: https://youtu.be/BhVBHoB910A

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Bell Rope Kit Make Your Own

How to Make a Bell Rope

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:

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Ditty Bag

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.

Ditty Bag

Ditty Bag

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 Back Ditty Bag Front

Ditty Bag Book

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HMS Albion Bell Ropes

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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HMS Albion Bell Rope HMS Albion Bell Rope

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:
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“Good afternoon Knotter. TY for the ongoing enthusiastic support and interest. I have just seen your message to the Captain. How can I help?”
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“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.”
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“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”
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Fishing Hook Hand Made

Fish Hook

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I just wanted to display some excellent work done by Steven Le Sayโ€Ž 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?

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Paracord Bracelet Mad Max Style for Girls – No Buckles – How to Tie

Paracord Bracelet Mad Max Style for GirlsParacord 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.

 

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Turks Head Chart

Turks Head Bights and Leads

When tying a Turk’s Head you may want to know what Lead and Bight configuration is possible. The white areas of the chart show the what Lead/Bights can be achieved:

Turks Head Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turks Head Tool

The tools shown in the photo below are for making Globe Knots and Turks Heads. These actual tools came with the Turks Head and Globe Knot Cookbook. The Turks Head tool is the middle one and the outer ones are for making Globe Knots.

Globe Knot and Turks Head Tools

If you have the skills to make the Turks Head Tool in the middle, you may also be interested in this site Advanced Knot Grid. With this tool and using that sites instructions, you will be able to make many different Bight and Lead Turks Heads

Sample Turks Head Chart

Here is a sample of a Turks Head chart that can be followed with the Turks Head Tool:


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Eye Splicing Rope

Eye Splicing Rope

 

 

 

 

 

Eye Splicing or Eye Splice a Rope

a short tutorial on how to put an eye splice into a rope. Splice: a method interweaving strands to rope so was to join them or strands of two parts the same rope so as to form an eye.

The efficiency or relative breaking strength normally to be expected for an eye splice is 95%.

ุงู„ุฑุจุท ุงู„ุนูŠู† ุฃูˆ ู„ุตู‚ ุงู„ุนูŠู† ุญุจู„ุŒ ู‚ุตูŠุฑุฉ ุชุนู„ูŠู…ูŠ ุนู„ู‰ ูƒูŠููŠุฉ ูˆุถุน ู„ุตู‚ ุงู„ุนูŠู† ุฅู„ู‰ ุญุจู„. ู„ุตู‚: ูƒุงู† ูˆุณูŠู„ุฉ ุชุชุดุงุจูƒ ุฎูŠูˆุท ู„ุญุจู„ ุฐู„ูƒ ู„ู„ุงู†ุถู…ุงู… ุงู„ูŠู‡ู… ุฃูˆ ุฎูŠูˆุท ู…ู† ุฌุฒุฃูŠู† ู†ูุณ ุงู„ุญุจู„ ูˆุฐู„ูƒ ู„ุชุดูƒูŠู„ ุงู„ุนูŠู†.

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Round Thump Mat How to Tie

How to Tie Round Thump Mat

Turks Head Rope Mat

The Thump Mat is not only decorative but also practical. On-board ships it was used to protect the decks in areas of heavy work and to deaden sound if something was dropped on the deck. Smaller versions of the thump mat also make decorative coasters for pots or cups.

Turks Head Thump Mat Video

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