Summary: Photos and videos of our favourite practical and decorative bends showing step by step how to tie them. We'll show you how to tie the Carrick Bend, Sheet Bend, Grass Bend, Thief Knot, Reef Knot, among others.
A bend is a type of knot who's purpose is to tie two ropes together. Characteristics of a good bend are ease of tying, ease of untying, and security. Some bends are also able to tie ropes of different diameters together securely - a very desirable property.
Click the photos for a how-to knot tying video demonstration from the knot tyer's point of view, or to view a large-size photo.
Carrick Bend - A decorative and practical knot used for tying two ropes together. The first photo shows it tied snugly but not under tension. The second photo shows the knot after tension has been applied.
Double Sheet Bend - A normal sheet bend with an extra tuck for extra security.
Grass Bend - One of the best knots for attaching very stiff materials together - seat belt webbing, for example.
Reef Knot - A good quick way of connecting two ropes together. Can be slipped for easy untying (or double-slipped for tying your shoes!).
Sheet Bend - Good for connecting a rope to another. Unties easily and can be used for ropes of differing diameters.
Strait Bend - An alternative to the Sheet Bend - a very secure way of joining two ropes together.
Surgeon's Knot - A more secure knot than a basic reef knot. It can be tied symmetrically, asymmetrically, and slipped. It is actually a very good alternative to the usual double-slipped reef knot for tying shoes (I use this for my own shoes) with round laces. Round laces tend to come undone easily with a reef knot, compared to the older-style flat laces.
Thief Knot - The story goes that this was originally used to catch a thief, as the name suggests - if a sailor suspected someone to be going through his bag, he could tie this Reef Knot look-alike, and if he found the bag secured with a regular Reef Knot, he'd know that someone had been snooping. You'll see that in the Reef Knot, the free ends are both on the same side of the knot whereas with the Thief Knot, they are on opposite sides.
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