Knots joining two ropes

THE knot most commonly used for joining two ropes of similar size is the Reef Knot, which everybody knows how to make or do they The ropes or, for that matter, the shoe laces, for we should reef knot these every day are brought together and half knotted, i.e. twisted one over the other. Then the ends are brought back and again half knotted, and the result, unless you have been careful, is an insecure Granny Knot To make a Reef Knot correctly, if, in the first half knot, you took the right-hand...

Splicing hempen ropes

SPLICING is a method of joining one rope to another, or two parts of the same rope, by tucking the strands of one under and over those of the other. When strain comes on to the splice, the strands bite inwards and hold each other in position but it is still safer to assume that a splice reduces the strength of a rope by about one-eighth. All splices start by unlaying the rope(s) for a certain distance and to begin with it may be found that a temporary whipping at the fork, i.e. at the point...

Knots with a ropes own strands

NOWADAYS most knots of this character must be classed as 'fancy', although when the rigging and even the massive anchor cables of ships were all of hempen rope, many had a practical purpose. Some still have, and these are described below, together with a selection of the 'fancy' variety. It can only be a selection, for a complete description of all known examples of 'fancy knots' would occupy a whole volume, far more space than can be spared in a book the prime aim of which is to be...