Double fisherman's knot

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Double Fisherman's knot
Nœud de pêcheur double serré.jpg
Names Double Fisherman's knot, Grapevine, Double englishman's knot
Category Bend
Origin Ancient
Related Fisherman's knot, Triple fisherman's knot, Double overhand knot, Strangle knot
Releasing Jamming
Typical use Joining thin, stiff or slippery lines, backing up critical knots such as the Figure-of-eight loop or Figure-of-eight follow through
Caveat Difficult to untie
ABoK #294, #1415

The double fisherman's knot or grapevine knot is a bend, or a knot used to join two lengths of rope. This knot and the triple fisherman's knot are the variations used most often in climbing, arboriculture, and search and rescue. The knot is formed by tying a double overhand knot, in its strangle knot form, with each end around the opposite line's standing part.

Usage[edit]

A primary use of this knot is to form high strength loops of cord for connecting pieces of a climber's protection system. Another common use for this knot is to back up a critical knot, such as a harness tie-in knot or single-line rappel rigs. In this use, the running end is tied around the standing end of the rope, so that it cannot slip back through the knot.

Other uses[edit]

This knot, along with the basic fisherman's knot can be used to join the ends of a necklace cord. The two double overhand knots are left separated, and in this way the length of the necklace can be adjusted without breaking or untying the strand.

Security[edit]

Dyneema/Spectra's very high lubricity leads to poor knot-holding ability, and has led to the recommendation to use the triple fisherman's knot rather than the traditional double fisherman's knot in 6mm Dyneema core cord to avoid a particular failure mechanism of the double fisherman's, where first the sheath fails at the knot, then the core slips through.[1][2]

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