9 Best knots that will save your life
9 Best survival knots that you must know
If you read our paracord article, you probably understand that rope is one of the must-haves, if not the most important thing to pack with your survival gear. But rope does not worth anything if you fail to chose the appropriate one and tie it properly.
Improperly tied rope could result in disaster – like when your tarp shelter comes untied and cashes down on you in the middle of a thunder storm or the boat you tied up gets loose and floats downstream.
First of all, some terminology:
The word knot is usually used in a generic way to describe some entanglement of flexible material (such as rope).
However, there are a lot of specific terms used to describe these entanglements.
- Knot: When the two ends of the same rope are secured together.
- Hitch: When one end of the rope is attached to a post, ring, or another rope.
- Bend: A type of knot that connects two separate ropes
- Lashing: When the rope is used to secure two or more spars (poles) together
1) Square knot
The square knot is very easy to tie. However, it isn’t very secure – so you don’t want to use this survival knot to tie critical items. Use the knot for tying your rope around an object. Do NOT use it for tying two pieces of rope together or for load-bearing situations.
Although it isn't secure, knowing how to tie this knot lays the foundation for tying other important knots.
2) Clove hitch
The clove hitch is meant for temporary uses. You need to have a load pulling on both sides, or It won’t be secure. The greater the load, the more secure the it becomes. If you remove the load from one side, then the clove hitch will easily come undone.
3) Square lash
The square lash is very strong and can be load bearing. This type of knot is used to join to sticks or poles at right angles. This is very useful if you ever need to make a survival shelter or want to build a fence.
4) Shear Lash
If you need to secure two poles together, and both poles will be load bearing, then the sheer lash knot is the right choice. You can also use it for securing two poles end-to-end to make one longer pole.
5) Bowline knot
Easy to tie, the bowline is very secure under load. Once the load is removed, the knot is easy to untie. But be careful because it's also very easy to tie it uncorreclty!
6) Carrick bend
The Carrick bend is a very secure knot used to tie two ends of rope together. You need to make sure that the ends of the two ropes form a diagonal and are opposed to each other or else the ropes could slip and the bend come undone!
7) Distel hitch
Also very easy to tie and secure, the Distel hitch is used for safely moving large loads up or down a rope. It will slide around on the rope in one direction but grip securely when pulled in another direction. This knot is very popular in the bouldering community.
8) Sheet bend
The sheet bend knot is very secure and easy to tie and untie. Unlike most bends, the sheet bend knot can be tied with two cable of different diameters.
9) Taut-line hitch
The main benefit of the taut-line hitch is that it can slide up and down the cord and tighten it. This makes the amount of pressure adjustable. The hitch is also easy to untie when no longer needed.