This bend can be used to join virtually any materials and has the advantage of taking a load in any of four directions.
Step 1:Tie and overhand knot in one line.
Step 2:Begin tying a second overhand knot with a second line, passing through the first overhand knot formed in Step 1.
Step 3:Pass the working end of the second line through the first overhand knot to complete the second overhand knot.
Step 4:Tighten the bend with initial pressure on all four parts of the line and then fair with pressure on the standing parts.
Ashley's BendAshley's Bend takes its name from Clifford Ashley, known for his work 'The Ashley Book of Knots' (ABOK #1452). This bend can be used to join virtually any materials and has the advantage of taking a load in any of four directions. It is particularly useful for forming the centre of a four way tie down. It retains 100% stability putting it in unique company amongst bends and also is easily untied even after being put under strain.
About Rope Knots
Rope knots can basically be divided into the following groups:
Bends - Joining two lines by intertwining them, without splicing, or sewing.
Hitches - A knot that secures a rope or line to another object.
Stopper – Used to bind strands at the end of a rope to stop fraying or unraveling.
Also formed to stop a rope slipping through a hole or to provide a weight or handhold.
Bindings – Much like hitches. They are used to bind either lines or objects together. Their aim is
to keep objects in place.
Splices – Describes the act of joining the ends, or the end and a standing part, of rope by
interweaving strands. They are not knots in themselves.
Loops – Loops create structures used to tie, or secure, another object or line to another line.
They can be formed at the end or midway a length of rope.
Plaits - Weaving several lines together to form a pattern and a cohesive structure.
Miscellaneous & Decorative – Knots that have decorative, dress or multiple category
The rope knot section of this site is set out with these groups firmly in mind.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Galwey is the publisher of Australia’s most successful trailer boating publication, Trailerboat Fisherman and Australian Boating, a publication dedicated to the cruiser enthusiast. He developed the Internet site www.marinews.com back in 1996 as a window to pass on some of his skills. Fishing, boating and the art of knot tying are certainly skills he’s mastered well. As a fishing enthusiast, fishing both commercially and recreationally, Andy developed a fascination and skill for the art of knot tying. His 40 years of both working the land and boating has seen those knot tying skills extended way beyond fishing knots and into the world of rope knots as well.
He’s a member of the Pacific Americas Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers and encourages anyone with a knot tying interest to visit their website (www.igktpab.org).
Marinews would like to thank Andy for his support and hope you not only learn from this excellent section on knot tying but also get many hours of enjoyment from it.
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