Double fisherman's knot

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Double Fisherman's knot
NamesDouble Fisherman's knot, Grapevine, Double englishman's knot
RelatedFisherman's knot, Triple fisherman's knot, Double overhand knot, Strangle knot
Typical useJoining thin, stiff or slippery lines, backing up critical knots such as the Figure-of-eight loop or Figure-of-eight follow through
CaveatDifficult to untie
ABoK#294, #1415, #498

The double fisherman's knot or grapevine knot is a bend. 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.


A primary use of this knot is to form high strength (round) slings of cord for connecting pieces of a climber's protection system.

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


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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 6 mm 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]

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