What is the 6 Knot Challenge
Also known as the Surrey Six Knot Challenge, the idea is that 6 basic knots are tied against the clock. Not only is it a fun little game to play, but it also teaches younger people six basic knot that they will find useful as a life-skill. My understanding is that it was the Surrey branch of the IGKT that came up with the idea, hence the “Surrey Six”.
What Knots Make Up the 6 Knot Challenge
When it comes to tying these knots, I don’t think that there is a particular order in which they have to be tied, but there are some rules.
Six Knot Challenge Rules
- Six cords (rope) must be used
- The tyer holds two ends in his and the clock starts when the tyer makes the first move. The clock stops when the last knot is released from the tyer’s hands
- The rope can be attached to, or draped over the cross bar for any of the knots (this will help when tying the Clove Hitch and the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches)
- The knots will be counted if it holds under a very small amount of tension that is applied
- Any part of the Table, Pins, Rings and Cross Bar can be used
What is the Record for Tying the 6 Knot Challenge
According to my research (Wikipedia), the official world record for tying the six knot challenge is 8.1 seconds, by Clinton R. Bailey, Sr. in 1977. I have to wonder if I could even get close to that number, must go and have a practice.
IGKT Six Knot Challenge Display
The International Guild of Knot Tyers attend many events around the world, not only do they display decorative and practical knot work, ditty bags and rope making demonstrations, but you will also see the Six Knot Challenge rig on display. More often than not, this display is used to show people how to tie certain knots, but every so often someone will attempt the six knot challenge on the rig.