Packer's knot

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Packer's knot
Packers knot.png
Names Packer's knot, Butcher's knot
Category Binding
Related Corned beef knot, Siberian hitch
Releasing Jamming
Typical use baling, parcel tying, butchery, cooking
Caveat Less secure than the corned beef knot
ABoK #187, #408, #2083
Instructions [1]

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.[1] The knot is commonly taught to Guides and Scouts, and those in similar organizations as a basic binding knot.[citation needed]

Tying and variations[edit]

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.

Even without the locking half-hitch the knot will generally maintain tension while additional tying is accomplished, such as putting a second, perpendicular, wrap on a package.[2][3]

A similar knot made with an overhand knot instead of a figure-eight works almost as well.[4] 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.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 36-38.
  2. ^ Ashley(1944), p. 337
  3. ^ Gordon Perry, Knots (North Vancouver, Canada: Quantum Publishing, 2006), 130-131.
  4. ^ Des Pawson, Pocket Guide to Knots & Splices (Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2002), 108-109.

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