How to Tie a Strap Bend
Sometimes you are faced with a bit of a dilemma, when you want to say join 2 loop ends of a rope together. This is where the Strap Bend comes in handy. The Strap Bend is so quick and easy to tie, also extremely easy to untie. I would say that one downside would be that in order for the Strap Bend to work well, the lines should not be loaded and unloaded. Any slack in the line and the Strap Bend can easily be jiggled free.
For those of you who are experienced in many of the basic knots out there, will easily recognise that this is tied in the same way as the Sheet Bend or Becket Hitch.
According to Ashley’s, “The circular piece of rope which passes around a block and provides the eye from which it is suspended is called a strap. Also a rope wreath, or a single rope with an eye in one or both ends, which is to be made fast in the rigging and to which a tackle is hooked, is termed a strap.”
& “1900. Any hitch that is attached to an Eye Splice becomes a Becket Hitch, but this is the Becket Hitch, proper. In form it is similar to the Sheet Bend. But the end is bent to an eye instead of a loop. The name Becket Hitch was applied by Nares in i860.”