|Harness bend (B)|
|Typical use||Joining two ropes|
The harness knot is essentially two half hitches each made by one of the two joined ropes, around the other ropes body. The ends get caught in between the two ropes and the two half hitches, at the elliptical eye in the middle of the knot.
There are two ways to tie this bend: type A with ends pointing in the same direction, and type B with ends pointing in opposite directions. The starting side of one of the half hitches has to be different, in order to have the ends approach the elliptical eye in the middle, from the prescribed direction.
Relationship to other knots
The harness knot type B is an unfinished Reefer bend: The ends need to go through the opposite half hitch, to be lined up with its own rope body.
The harness knot type A is an unfinished Blood knot: The half hitches need to take one or several turns around both ropes before going through the eye in the middle.
All these knots are more secure than the harness knot but they are not as easy to untie.
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