Triple fisherman's knot

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Triple fisherman's knot
NamesTriple fisherman's knot, Triple fisherman's bend
RelatedFisherman's knot, Double fisherman's knot, Double overhand knot, Strangle knot
Typical useJoining thin, stiff or slippery lines, particularly UHMWPE or aramid based cord
Caveatdifficult to untie

The triple fisherman's knot is a bend knot, used to join two ends of rope together. It is an extension of the double fisherman's knot and is recommended for tying slippery, stiff ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and aramid cored ropes.[1]

Tying the triple fisherman's knot is nearly identical to the double fisherman's, except for a third wrap before passing the end through each half of the knot.

Testing has shown that a failure mode exists at very high loads with the double fisherman's knot in ropes using Spectra and Technora cores. The sheath of the rope separates at the knot, and the high-lubricity core slips through the double fisherman's knot. Although the increase in ultimate strength is small, the triple fisherman's knot does not exhibit this behavior. This has led to the recommendation to use the triple fisherman's knot to avoid this particular failure mechanism.[2]

The triple fisherman's knot should not be confused with the "triple-T fisherman's knot", which is more akin to a one-sided overhand bend and has significantly different properties than the triple fisherman's knot.[3]

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  1. ^ Soles, Clyde (2004), The Outdoor Knot Book, Seattle: The Mountaineers Books, pp. 20–21, 124, ISBN 978-0-89886-962-0
  2. ^ Moyer, Tom; Tusting, Paul; Harmston, Chris (2000). "Comparative Testing of High Strength Cord" (PDF). 2000 International Technical Rescue Symposium.
  3. ^ Gudelius, Jost. "Zwei Beispiele für Knoten zur Verbindung zweier (auch unterschiedlicher) Seile". Retrieved 2011-04-05.