Subject: Re: Sheet Bend
John Nisbet (jnisbet@NEOSOFT.COM)
Thu, 29 Aug 1996 06:41:54 -0500
>At 08:24 AM 8/27/96 -0800, Dean Hayes wrote:
>>A square knot being strong? I've gotten in the habit of almost never
>>tying a square knot. It spills to easily by pulling on one of its
>>'ears'. The whole knot turns into a lark's head around the rope and
>>can slip off. To tie 2 ropes together, I've been teaching my
>>scouts that a sheetbend is the knot of choice. Save the squarenot for
>>when security of the knot is not (knot?) an issue. One of the reasons
>>the square knot is used in first aid is because of how easily it is
>If you pull on the sheet side 'ear' of a sheet bend in the same fashion you
>mentioned on the square knot, you end up with a slip knot with a line
>running through it. That will slip off the same way as the square. Any
>knot incorrectly used or with stresses placed in an unintended way is
>capable of coming apart. I have never seen a properly tied and used square
>knot come undone in the fashion you mention.
Another name for the square knot is the reef knot used by sailors for "reefing
the mainsail" - a term used for reducing the sail area for heavy winds by
tying the foot of the sail to the boom with reef knots so they may be untied
quickly when more sail is desired.
A "bend" (as opposed to a knot) is the proper way to join two lines together.
The sheet bend is simple and easy to remember. The carrick bend, according
to The Ashley Book of Knots, "is symmetrical, it is easy to tie, it does not
slip easily in wet material, it is among the strongest of knots, it cannot
jam and is readily untied." These are characteristics of good knots.
>OTOH, if you do that same procedure on a 'granny' knot (a mistied square
>knot), do you realize that you end up with a two-half-hitch?
>>Yep, once you know a bowline using the quick method and the clove
>>hitch, you've covered 4 of the knots required for 1st class. None of
>>the scouts seem to understand this part. When I try to explain it,
>>their eyes kind of glaze over into a fog, (similiar to my manager when
>>I start talking about inter-process communication primitives)
>I, too, am familiar with that look from my Scouts.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City