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August 2011

Mastering marlinespike

Japanese success knot

Useful as a firm loop and for its symmetrical beauty, this knot derives its name from its final configuration as a cross on one side (E) and a rough square on the other (F), which together form the Japanese word kanau, meaning “desire realized.”

Japanese success knot AB

A. Form an overhand loop with the tip up. Grasp a bight from the working part and place it over the bitter end.

B. Take the bitter end up and over the bight, down through the original overhand loop and back up through the bight.

Japanese success knot CDEF

C. & D. Draw up and tighten the knot by pulling in the direction of the arrows.

E. & F. The final knot after tightening.

Continue building your marlinespike skills by taking the Knots, Bends and Hitches seminar. Find a seminar near you or purchase the USPS guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners. Call 888-367-8777 ext. 0 for more information.

Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett

Lime green insulated tote keeps food and drinks at the right temperature.

Mastering Marlinespike

Bowline

Cleat hitch

Round turn with two half hitches

Clove hitch

Sheet bend

Figure eight

Anchor bend

Rolling hitch

Double sheet bend

Eye splice

Becket bend

Reef knot

Blood knot

True lover’s knot

Monkey’s fist

Carrick bend

Angler’s loop

Strangle knot

Jar sling

Japanese success knot

Spanish bowline

Stevedore knot

Heaving line knot

Three-part crown knot

Sack knot

Short splice

Constrictor knot

Slip knot

Japanese bowline

Hawser bend

Slipped bowline

Bowline on a bight

Lark’s head

Buntline hitch

Jury mast knot

Slipped buntline hitch

Painter’s bowline

Binder’s loop

Wall and crown knot

Inside cow hitch

Toggled reef knot

Long splice

Tugboat hitch

Crown sennit

Toggled lark’s head

Matthew Walker knot

Cockscombing

Back splice

 

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