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Knots

April 15th, 2011 3 comments

I taught a knot-tying class at a camp and had a lot of fun reviewing the many different knots I have enjoyed (and some that I should enjoy but never learned). Along with the class instruction I provided handouts with instructions for over 18 different knots. I have made PDFs of the documents available here. I gathered the instructions and pictures from all over the Internet, and I attribute credit to each as appropriate.
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Can the Kalmyk Unseat the Bowline as King of Knots?

April 15th, 2011 12 comments

Finished kalmyk loopThe bowline is referred to as the “King of the Knots,” and with good reason. It is easy to tie, resists jamming, and retains rope strength decently. Tying the bowline with a bight at the end is a convenient way to make an exploding knot—one that unties with a simple tug on the free end. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of a new knot, which dimview.org calls a “Kalmyk Loop (калмыцкий узел)”.
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