This simple knot can be used as the first knot in tying up a package. On a larger scale, it is sometimes used to put tackle cables under stress. It is made of string or small Stuff.
The noose can also be used as a hitch, when it has two main functions. When a noose is tied around something large - a tree trunk, for example - only a fairly short length of line is required. If a constrictor knot or a clove or cow hitch were used, on the other hand, far more rope would be needed. When nooses are used as hitches they are very secure.
A noose can also be used when it is difficult to get close to the object around which the knot is to be tied. It may, for instance, be possible to pass the end of a line around the base of an inaccessible object, tie a noose and tighten it.
A stopper knot should be added to prevent the noose slipping.
Like the hangman's knot, this knot is formed by knotting a closed bight at the end of a line. It was devised for use by climbers when the rope was likeiy to be subjected to heavy or unexpected stress because the knot absorbed the shock. It has recently fallen irom favor, however, because double-braid (sheath and core) ropes can now absorb any shocks and the knot would, in any case, damage the sheath of these new types of rope.
This is, nevertheless, a useful general purpose knot, which grips under strain although it can be slid along the standing part. It is not, however, a particularly secure knot.
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