April 2012

Mastering marlinespike

Japanese bowline

Primarily a decorative knot, the Japanese bowline forms two adjustable loops. When the load is equally distributed between both loops opposing the two supporting strands, reducing the load on one loop will cause slipping, which can be useful.

Japanese bowline A. B.

A. Start with a pretzel configuration of loops. Then, cross the working part under the two loops.

B. Cross the bitter end to the opposite side as shown.

Japanese bowline C. D.

C. Using two fingers on one hand, one through each loop, pull on the working part and bitter end at the same time.

D. The finished Japanese bowline when correctly tied.

Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett


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Mastering Marlinespike


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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


Back splice


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