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Cat O Nine Tails — 8 Comments

  1. I’m a bit late to the party on this, but I want to tell you what a terrific job you’ve done on this. May I ask what size cord you used for the tails?

    • Many thanks for your comments Pete. I will have to get the measuring stick out and give you a breakdown of what the different sized cordage was used.

      I will reply to this post again shortly.


  2. Pete,
    I have been trying to locate full plans for a “Roman Rope” Cat of 9 Tails. You, Sir, have exactly what I have been searching for! Please contact me with any, and all information on obtaining your total plans for constructing this beauty. I have been looking for so long, please tell me you can assist me in my project. Thanking you in advance for your help and kindness, I am,


    Bob – Robert F. Myers

  3. I’m a couple years late it seems, but I have a few questions:
    -What stops the part with all the tails from slipping off then end when used? Is it just the tightness of the knots, or is there a hole/groove that they’re held on with?

    -What length cord was used for the handle? And for the tails?

    • Hello Jake

      Cheers for visiting this site.

      OK, it was a long time ago since I made this, but if I recall correctly all the strands run through the length of the bamboo. So really this means that the Star Knot is holding them all in place. Then to stop is slipping the other way the Turks Head is nice an tight around the 9 strands.

      Sorry I do not recall the length of cord that was used in efferent sections.

    • Hello Michael, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on this site. When it comes to documentation for creating a Cat of Nine Tails, I do not follow in particular pattern. If you think about it this way a Cat of Nine Tails is a Ditty Bag Handle, but usually with more tails. A bell rope is really an unfinished cat. They are all forms of a decorative knotted handle. If you are new to knotting and looking for projects and ideas, then you may be interest in this book review on Des’s Knotting book: http://igkt-solent.co.uk/des-pawsons-knot-craft-book-review/

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