What is Ringbolt Hitching Used For
Originally Ringbolt Hitching was used to cover ringbolts etc in order to prevent a rope from chaffing against the hard steel. It can also be used as a decorative cover for rope-work, or even to cover the metal handle of a kettle to insulate. thus protecting the hands from the heat.
Single Strand Ringbolt Hitching
There are a couple of way of achieving Ringbolt Hitching, in the video below you will learn one of the simplest forms of Ringbolt Hitching using a single strand of line.
Ringbolt Hitching in Ashley’s Book of Knots
If you are luck enough to own a copy of Ashley’s Book of Knots, there are a number of fine examples of Ringbolt Hitching. I do love the simplicity and look of the one above, but I think that one of my favourite version is the 3 strand method of Ringbolt Hitching. This is often referred to as Cockscombing, just click on the link to view that version. Another tutorial you may be interested in is Zigzag Hitching, this too gives your work a very decorative edge.
“Ringbolt Hitching is also put on the eyes of chest beckets and hammock clews, and occasionally it is seen on the clews of light sails, on the eyes of block straps and ditty bag lanyards. Single hitching
is the simplest form. The circumference of the outside of the ring being greater than the inside, service did not fill up the spaces and was very apt to “work” and chafe. So hitches were added which
filled up the interstices of the outer edge and held all firm.”