List of bend knots

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This is a list of bends. A bend is a knot used to join two lengths of rope.

The sheet bend is the classic bend. A study of 8 different bends using climbing rope found that the butterfly bend was strongest.[1]

Misuse of reef knot as a bend[edit]

The common reef knot (square knot) is sometimes mistakenly tied as a bend. When used as a bend rather than a binding knot, the reef knot will capsize under sufficient tension.[2] For this reason, the reef knot is insecure as a bend and as such is not listed as one.

Employed as a binding knot, to reef and furl sails or to tie up parcels, [the reef knot] is invaluable. But employed as a bend [...], the reef knot is probably responsible for more deaths and injuries than have been caused by the failure of all other knots combined.

Types of bends[edit]

Knot Description Image
Adjustable bend A bend that can be easily lengthened or shortened.
Albright special A low-profile bend suitable for monofilament or small-stuff. Mainly used in angling. Albright knot diagram retouched.png
Ashley's bend An original bend by Clifford Ashley consisting of interlocking overhand loops. Ashley’s Bend knot.svg
Beer knot A bend suitable for tubular webbing. Its most common application is in slings used in rock climbing. Beer knot retouched.png
Blood knot A low-profile bend most usefully employed for joining sections of monofilament nylon line while maintaining a high portion of the line's inherent strength. BloodKnot Final.jpg
Butterfly bend (Alpine butterfly bend) A bend analogue of the butterfly loop. Alpine Butterfly Bend Final.jpg
Carrick bend A bend that is particularly appropriate for very heavy rope or cable that is too large and stiff to be easily formed into other common bends. Knife-lanyard-knot-ABOK-787-Carrick-start.jpg
Fisherman's knot

Double fisherman's knot

Triple fisherman's knot

A symmetrical bend tied with two overhand knots around the standing end of the other line.

A variation of the fisherman's knot consisting of two double overhands.

A variation of the fisherman's knot consisting of triple overhands.


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Flemish bend A bend based on the figure-eight knot. Doppelter Achtknoten gesteckt.jpg
Harness bend A bend that can be pulled taut before securing. ÇifteKolanBagiÖn.jpg
Heaving line bend A bend suitable for tying smaller lines to larger lines, such as in attaching playing strings to the thick silk eyes of the anchorage knot. Heaving line bend knot.jpg
Hunter's bend A bend consisting of two interlocking overhand knots. Hunters Bend Final.jpg
Nail knot A bend used in fly fishing to join lines of different diameters. It is useful but difficult to tie by hand. Nail knot.svg
One-sided overhand bend A bend formed by tying a single overhand knot in two lines facing the same direction. Sackstich Tropfen.jpg
Racking bend A bend for joining lines of different diameters. It is more secure than the heaving line bend or sheet bend due to the woven figure-eight knot "rackings". Racking Bend.jpg
Reever Knot A secure and compact bend. Reever Bend Side1.jpg
Sheet bend A common bend for joining lines of different diameters. Schotstek rechts.jpg
Shroud knot A multi-strand bend used to join two ends of laid (or twisted) rope together. Shroud knot.gif
Simple Simon under Tie-a-simple-simon-under.svg
Single carrick bend Single carrick bend.JPG
Surgeon's knot A bend commonly employed in small-stuff. It can be pulled taut before securing. Surgeon's knot (tying).jpg
True lover's knot A bend consisting of interlocking overhand knots. True Lover's knot-2.jpg
Water knot A bend suitable for flat material such as leather or webbing. Water-knot-webbing-tight-ABOK-296.jpg
Zeppelin bend A bend consisting of interlocking overhand knots. It is similar to the hunter's bend but offers advantages in that it is jam resistant and easy to untie. Zeppelin RV.jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knot Break Strength vs Rope Break Strength
  2. ^ Ashley, Clifford W. (1944). The Ashley Book of Knots. Doubleday. pp. 9, 18.