I have been getting a few messages and comments lately asking me about the knot that I keep referring to in random posts, blog entries and YouTube videos. So, I figured I would take a few minutes today to do a video and show everyone the knot. However, I would like to say that I actually came across this knot on another YouTube video entitled “Small selection of knots used in bushcraft” by the user “maveraver,” and have been using it since. (I suggest checking out his video for a few other knot selections as well…)
So, to begin with, why do I use this knot as opposed to say, lineloc’s? Well, here are a few reasons:
- This knot is very easy to tie.
- This knot is even easier to untie.
- This knot just works.
- This knot is lighter than lineloc’s.
- A knot cannot “break” (unless, maybe, it is tied wrong…)
The real benefits of using this knot for me is that I can easily, and quickly, adjust the tension on my lines when using this knot, which comes in handy when setting up my shelters (especially silnylon shelters). As well, I have found that this knot works well with a wide range of different diameter cords, although, when using cords with smaller diameters (such as the LiteTrail GLine) in windy situations, or cords with slick coatings, it is helpful to throw a half-hitch or 2 after setting the tension on the cord.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the LineLoc 3′s and am looking forward to getting my new Yama Mountain Gear Cirriform SW tent, which comes with these loaded, but when I am looking to cut weight, well, LineLoc’s are redundant, and therefore, useless weight. I will admit though, I have never been much of a fan of the smaller cord locks.
Anyway, I am sure that there are situations in which this “adjustable knot” may not be the best option, however, for everything I have been using knots for, it has been just fine. As well, I am sure that this knot has a different name, but I am not aware of what it is… so if anyone else maybe knows a more “technical” name, feel free to share…
Thanks for watching everyone, and hope this helps some!