December 5th, 2005

Why Knot?
By James Castwell


For years I have heard the virtues venerated and the plaudits proclaimed for the superior 'Surgeons' knot. Ok, I have used it too. It is fine for tying lines together and even making a loop. I do like it as I can actually tie it in the dark, one of the few that we can 'see' with our eyes closed. I got to wondering though why a knot that is actually even more simple was not adopted over the years, namely the kewl looking Figure Eight knot. It is easier, faster, more streamlined and holds at least as well, if not better. Let me show you here.

First I will show you in three steps the surgeons knot. Watch how you must go through the formed loop twice. Some even go through it three times. Makes a bulky knot I think.

Ok, now you see what I mean by having to go through the loop at least twice. Now watch as I tie it with two lines to join them. I will only go through twice.

Alright now, here we go with the figure eight knot. I will tie one here first just as a single knot so you can see how it goes.

Notice how easy it is to form this knot by just twisting the formed loop. Simple really and it is only one move plus pushing the end through and it is done. Form a loop, twist it, poke the end through and you are done. What could be easier than that? Also it makes a knot that is not too bulky, good point for leaders and line to leader connections.

Ok. Next here it is tied with two lines. Same steps. Form the loop, give them a twist, poke the ends through and set the knot.

To make a loop start with a loop in your right hand instead of one or two lines. Form a loop with it, then twist it once and poke the end of the first loop through it.

Well, there you have it. Give it a fair try. See how it works for you. Remember too, if you like it and use it you will no longer have to remember how to spell surgeons, try to explain that it is not a knot used by Doctors and exactly how many times are you supposed to go through the thing anyway? ~ JC

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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