Harness Bend

Harness Bend

How to Tie the Harness Bend

This knot is also known as the Drawing Bend or Parcel Bend. The thing that I like about the Harness Bend, is that once tied the knot itself has a fairly low profile. The Harness Bend is relatively easy to tie. In days of old, this knot was used to fix a broken harness. It is also a good knot to use when wrapping a parcel with string, hence the name Parcel Bend. Another practical use for this knot would be a quick method of repairing a broken lace.

The other advantages of the Harness Bend, according to Ashley’s is that there is no danger of the knot capsizing when under tension. This knot can also be tied tightly when the line is under tension.

Harness Bend

How to Tie the Harness Bend Video

In this Harness Bend Video Tutorial you will learn how to tie the Harness Bend. This video is the longer version, but if you prefer a more condensed version of how to tie the Harness Bend, then click on the next video below.

Harness Bend Video Tutorial

This video on how to tie the Harness Bend, is just the knot and no excess chat. This video also includes a slow motion How to Tie the Harness Bend, just makes it a little easier to follow.

Ashley’s Book of Knots Harness Bend

The Drawing Bend, Harness Bend or Parcel Bend is about the most practical bend for twine. There is no danger of capsizing as there is with the Weaver’s Knot, and it is very secure. It has an added feature which makes it invaluable in parcel tying: it may be tied tightly while under tension. To tie: Form a Crossing Knot with one end around the other end. Hold this knot with the left hand and pull the upper end until taut. When taut enough, hold with the left hand and half hitch the upper end snugly around the upper standing part.

What is a Good Knot for Tying Up a Parcel?

The Harness Bend is an excellent knot for tying up a parcel. It is easy to tie and can also be tied when the line is under tension. It also has the advantage of being difficult to untie, giving additional security for your parcel. The resulting knot, is also of a low profile.


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