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u/OmegaCenti · 16 pointsr/videos

Hey! one of my times to shine! inaccesible places to tie knots is something people have been perfecting for 100's of years! One of the great ways to to pull out a vehicle is with an axle hitch or in this video. However, what the video doesn't show you is all you need is to get a loop around the axle (can be done with a pole with a hook on it),pull the loop back towards dry land, and the magic part is you can tie all the parts of the knot away from the hazardous area (e.g. the slushy water/ice with the car buried in it).

The logs in this video are being used to keep the pulley contraption from simply pulling the car into the ice and essentially breaking the ice further.

edit: Going to page /u/Dunyvaig so he can take a look at these possibilities as well

Source: I've been a fan of knots for a significant portion of my life, and one of my favorite books of all time would be The Ashley Book of Knots

u/legitimatemustard · 12 pointsr/Survival

The most useful knot is the one best suited to the task you are trying to accomplish. The strongest knot depends on what type of load you are dealing with. Check out The Ashley Book of Knots. I got this book just after Basic Training, and used to practice knots while on fireguard or CQ.

u/ToxicPoison · 6 pointsr/sailing

Ashley Book of Knots Probably the best resource ever for any sort of knot and the situation they're used for. Check around in your used book stores, they can generally be found cheaper if you don't want to drop $50 on a book, but it's worth every penny in my opinion.

u/HotterRod · 5 pointsr/knots

Most working knots are pre-historic or a-historic.

Since natural fibre rope tends to decompose quickly, most knots do not survive for archaeologists to find them (the biggest exception is knots used in Egyptian tombs). By the time people started writing about knots such as in Ancient Greece, most of the key nautical knots were already in widespread use.

Other knots are not mentioned in ancient history, so we can guess that they were developed more recently, but they were invented by sailors who were either illiterate or didn't bother writing them down, but instead passed the knot on to other sailors by direct instruction. Given that sailors tend to travel widely, the most useful knots spread globally (probably rather quickly). Eventually those knots got documented by someone like Clifford Ashley, but the story of their original invention was lost by that point.

The Ashley Book of Knots has a number of cute stories in it although the vast majority of its knots have no history. The History and Science of Knots discusses the methodological problems with determining a history as much as history itself.

As to your particular example, you can figure out the properties of a knot by testing it. People like Ashley and the International Guild of Knot Tyers have extensively tested knots that have come down to us through history. Although many knots work so differently in synthetic fibre that a lot of the knowledge from even the mid 20th Century doesn't apply on a modern ship.

u/hard_truth_hurts · 4 pointsr/preppers

> low investment

Hah! Yeah sure, until one day you wake up and realize you have like a mile of paracord and 100 pounds of beads, buckles, and other accessories.

Also to add to this, beyond just knots is macrame and all kinds of useful and decorative stuff. If you look around you can find a PDF of the Ashley Book of Knots. I don't think I have ever been into a Half-Priced Books store that did not have at least a dozen knot books. Look in the section where the boat books are.

u/oishishou · 3 pointsr/sailing

I like that mug! Great handle.

I didn't include a link to the book because there are so many re-printings. I've got a nice hardcover that also could make a good coffee table book. This is it. Had to go find it, again.

u/LordGothington · 3 pointsr/sailing


In addition to showing how to tie the knots, there is a lot of information about when and when not to use each knot.


And, unlike The Ashley Book of Knots, there is a reasonable number of knots.


Animated Knots would suggest that the halyard hitch might be what you are looking for,


u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/pics

On a turks head, you can only get back to the beginning if you use a prime number of 'bights', not 'brights'. So 13 would have been the next, then 17 and so on.

Very cool knot, and you pulled it off well, especially for speaker wire. If you're interested in this sort of thing, look up "ashley big book of knots". It's got something like 10,000 knots.

I keep this one on all my keychains: and I can tie it from memory. It's like a turks head, but 3 dimensional so that it can wrap around a ball and still be tied with a single piece of line.

Heres the amazon link:

u/JackleBee · 2 pointsr/videos

What you posted is not a noose knot. You posted a slip knot.

Source: I'm a knot guy.

Edit: just pulled out my copy of The Ashley Book of Knots. Looks like /u/CaptMerka is correct and I was taught incorrectly. Turns out I am not a knot guy.

u/0OKM9IJN8UHB7 · 2 pointsr/madlads

Or if you want to know everything, this book.

u/greybeard45 · 2 pointsr/witchcraft

First, learn ordinary knots. The Ashley Book of Knots is the standard reference guide.

When you have learned regular knots you can begin doing magic knots. One handy guide book is Cord Magic: simple spells for beginners to witchcraft by Raven Willow.


u/Corydoras · 2 pointsr/Frugal

>Btw, before knotfags jump my ass, I'm sure this isn't the perfect or most safe way to tie a truckers hitch but wtf it works for simple/small loads.

As a "knotfag" I can assure you that that wasn't even close to a Truckers or Carters hitch.

I'm pretty fucking sure Ashley had something to say about clotheslines.


u/CharkBot · 2 pointsr/howto

Yeah, I immediately noticed that with his first bowline. Although subsequent bowlines had the tail on the inside. I was also taught to always have the tail on the inside. However, Animated Knots mentions the alternative with the tail on the outside of the loop and remarks:
>The left handed version performs satisfactorily and withstands ring-tension (a distending force applied either side) better than the standard bowline. However, the tail end is more likely to catch an adjacent rope or spar.

I had missed the sheet bend error. But you are correct. From Animated Knots structure section of the sheet bend article.
>When correctly tied the two tails lie on the same side of the knot. The alternative version - with the tails on opposite sides - is less reliable.

For anyone interested in knots but not familiar with Animated Knots, I highly recomend it. For more in depth one could use the Ashley Book of Knots (ABOK)

u/Islanduniverse · 2 pointsr/

Yeah, the "Boss's Job" one is something I would never buy, and I would encourage people not to. It literally says "Dirty tricks" so there is no question in my mind that there is some unethical shit going on. I am not against all how-to books though, this is the kind of how-to book I can support.

u/IronPatriot049 · 2 pointsr/paracord

That one is the holy grail of ropeworking books. I have yet to get my hands on it so I have never seen it but everyone serious about the hobby loves it.

That is the creative ropecraft. The illustrations can be a bit difficult but its a great beginner book.

This is one of Des Pawson's books. I borrowed it from a friend once, tons of info. I had to give it back though. ><

This is a nice cheap book too, I have never seen it myself but it is one that is recommended a lot on various youtube ropecraft channels.

u/diegojones4 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I lived on a sail boat for three years and I had The Ashley Book of Knots No TV, no internet, lots of free time and a book about knots. I think I know a bit. Especially when your life depends on that knot.

u/weedeater64 · 1 pointr/Hammocks

Don't be intimidated by one of the most rewarding parts of camping, ie.. playing around with rope and stuff.

Just get some and start practicing knots, it's big fun and a very useful skill to have.

Check out this site for some decent instructions on setting things up, and even how to make some stuff your self and save gobs of cash.

Two books on knots I can recommend that aren't prohibitively expensive are this and this. That 60 dollar price is wrong, I don't know what's up with that, but that books should be around 16-20 bucks.

Of course this is the 'bible' of knots, though a bit pricier. I don't own it, but wish I'd gotten it instead of those other two.. meh.

A word of warning.. If you start asking about hammocks, someone is going to point you toward the hammock forums. I won't tell you to avoid that forum, but be careful there. There are some dubious characters there, and the forum as a whole will steer you in the wrong direction for sure.

Pick and choose, especially if you have more time than money.

I wouldn't buy anything from any of the members, or any of the 'cottage industries' often linked there. Their ethics being questionable, at best.

u/zxcvcxz · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The Ashley book of Knots will teach you more about knots and knot tying that you would ever learn in boyscouts.

And if you're interesting in "scouting" check out Scouting on two continents by the scout of all scouts. Seriously cool book. It might make you way more interested in scouting and woodcraft than you were before, and give you ideas what specific areas you want to look into.

u/messijoez · 1 pointr/Hammocks

A nice list of hitches, animations of how to tie them, and detailed descriptions, uses, advantages, and disadvantages.

This is the best site for learning how to tie knots I've found. This coupled with my Ashley's book of knots keeps me busy.

If I need something really tight, I generally use a trucker's hitch with an alpine butterfly loop and a bowline. Goes up fast, takes down fast, and doesn't bind too much.

u/bplipschitz · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

All you need is some rope and some knowhow

u/virgilatx83 · 1 pointr/sailing

For all knots and uses there is a book called Ashley's book of knot's it has all the knots you need to know and more

Link to the book:

u/StoneTigerRodeo · -1 pointsr/funny

Indeed I can. Partially thanks to the boyscouts and partially thanks to Clifford W. Ashley