Tom fool's knot

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Tom fool's knot
Names Tom fool's knot, Tom fool knot, Conjurer's knot, Bow knot
Category Trick
Related Handcuff knot, Sheepshank, Fireman's chair knot
ABoK #1141, #2290, #2291, #2534

The Tom fool's knot is sometimes considered a handcuff knot[citation needed] but is somewhat inferior for this purpose to the knot which usually bears that name. It is a good knot with which to commence a slightly fancy sheepshank.[citation needed] It is also used as a trick knot due to the speed with which it can be made.[citation needed]


It is formed by making two loops, not exactly overlaying each other. The inner half of each hitch or loop is pulled under and through the outer side of the opposite loop.

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  • Ian Knot, shoelace knot based on Tom Fool's Knot