|Names||Packer's knot, Butcher's knot|
|Related||Corned beef knot, Siberian hitch|
|Typical use||baling, parcel tying, butchery, cooking|
|Caveat||Less secure than the corned beef knot|
|ABoK||#187, #408, #2083|
The packer's knot is a binding knot which is easily pulled taut and quickly locked in position. It is most often made in small line or string, such as that used for hand baling, parcel tying, and binding roasts. This latter use, and its general form, make it a member of a class of similar knots known as butcher's knots. The knot is commonly taught to Guides and Scouts, and those in similar organizations as a basic binding knot.
Tying and variations
A lightly tightened figure-eight knot is formed around the standing part of the line such that both ends emerge from the same point. Pulling on the standing part tightens the binding. After the desired degree of tension is reached, a locking half-hitch is added over the working end and pulled taut.
A similar knot made with an overhand knot instead of a figure-eight works almost as well. Many other variations also exist finishing with this style of locking half-hitch. In fact, Clifford Ashley claimed that there were more knots of this type to be found than any other used for a single purpose.
- Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 36-38.
- Ashley(1944), p. 337
- Gordon Perry, Knots (North Vancouver, Canada: Quantum Publishing, 2006), 130-131.
- Des Pawson, Pocket Guide to Knots & Splices (Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2002), 108-109.