List of bend knots
This is a list of bends. A bend is a knot used to join two lengths of rope.
Misuse of reef knot as a bend
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. 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
|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.|
|Ashley's bend||An original bend by Clifford Ashley consisting of interlocking overhand loops.|
|Beer knot||A bend suitable for tubular webbing. Its most common application is in slings used in rock climbing.|
|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.|
|Butterfly bend||A bend analogue of the butterfly loop.|
|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.|
|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.
|Flemish bend||A bend based on the figure-eight knot.|
|Harness bend||A bend that can be pulled taut before securing.|
|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.|
|Hunter's bend||A bend consisting of two interlocking overhand knots.|
|Nail knot||A bend used in fly fishing to join lines of different diameters. It is useful but difficult to tie by hand.|
|One-sided overhand bend||A bend formed by tying a single overhand knot in two lines facing the same direction.|
|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".|
|Reever Knot||A secure and compact bend.|
|Sheet bend||A common bend for joining lines of different diameters.|
|Shroud knot||A multi-strand bend used to join two ends of laid (or twisted) rope together.|
|Simple Simon under|
|Single carrick bend|
|Surgeon's knot||A bend commonly employed in small-stuff. It can be pulled taut before securing.|
|True lover's knot||A bend consisting of interlocking overhand knots.|
|Water knot||A bend suitable for flat material such as leather or webbing.|
|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.|
- Knot Break Strength vs Rope Break Strength
- Ashley, Clifford W. (1944). The Ashley Book of Knots. Doubleday. pp. 9, 18.
- Verrill, A. Hyatt (2004). Knots, Splices and Rope Work : A Practical Treatise. Project Gutenberg. (Also available in Gutenberg Project website)