Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lapp Knot

Applications : This loop knot can be used as an alternative to a bowline and also as an endless sling, a neat waist-tie or girdle, or even as an improvised safety tether.

Method : Make a bight in one end (1);tuck the other around and down through this (2-3), ensuring that both short ends emerge on the same side of the knot (4). When tied with a draw-loop (5) the lapp knot becomes a quick-release device. unlike many other knots, it comes completely apart with just one tug.

History : Altough the Lapp knot is not well known, it has in fact been described since at least 1892. It has often been called a false sheet bend, which is perhaps why it is undervalued.

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