How to Tie Common Whipping
Here is a short video that I have done demonstrating how Common Whipping can be used as a covering knot. I personally think there is nothing better than seeing the end of a rope with some form of whipping. My personal favourite is the Sailmaker’s Whipping as it is very easy to tie and slightly more decorative than the Common Whipping.
Preventing the End of a Rope Fraying with Whipping
Common Whipping or any other whipping is a great way of preventing the end of a rope from fraying. More often than not, whipping the end of a rope is preferable especially if the rope is to be passed through say a block. Otherwise another way of stopping the end of a rope from fraying would be to back splice the rope.
Types of Rope Whipping
How to Common Whipping Video
Common Whipping on a Spliced Rope
OK, before some Salty Sea-dog shouts at me, that the ends should be tucked away!! This may be true but, if you are making a decorative dog lead etc. Then the addition of a bit of Common Whipping certainly adds to the decoration.