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Use the sheepshank when you want to shorten a rope, or relieving tension from a worn piece of rope. You should load it, otherwise it won't be reliable. You can also fix it with a toggle etc.
Image nr 3 is an alternative way of fo the knot.
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Submitted by: Damir Visic
In Croatian "kratki" ("shorty")

Submitted by: Stefan V.
In Germany it is called (englische) Trompete or Trompetenknoten. It is also called Ausbrecherknoten because it can be used to rope down without having to leave the rope. If you cut the middle rope of the knot in two pieces it will dissolve as soon as you release tension. This is of course very dangerous because the knot can dissolve while roping down.

Submitted by: sean griffith
is a sheepshank the same as a sailors knot

Submitted by: Marcos Villela
In portuguese: catau

Submitted by: Spott
this knot is used by old-school swiss alpine climbers, for rappelling. they would tie secure the rope to a good anchor (tree, rock, etc.) and then tie the sheepshank about a foot below it, cut the center line, and rappell down. Once they were down, they would shake the rope, and it would come undone. You only lose about 3 feet of rope that way. NOTE: THIS IS VERY UNSAFE, DO NOT DO THIS. Also, you can put another half hitch around each end, and it will be much less likely to come undone when you release tension on the rope. Ir you have the ends free, you can stick the ends of the rope through the loop at each end of the knot, makeing the sheepshank permanent. It basically turns the knot into two bowlines.

Submitted by: lance goodman
I learned to run the long end of the rope around a fixed eye or pole etc. and pass it back thru one of the extended eyes of the knot turning the rope itself into a sort of block and tackle. pull the rope taught and tie off with a hitch and you have a truckers knot.

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To damir visic, ey man if you are scout you will know that we in croatia call this knot "skračivaljka" and use it when is needed to short streams on the tent.

Submitted by: Leo
Ineed to know how to make a half sheep shank with a safey.

Submitted by: kat
also a good knot, but only safe when it's pulled!!!I'm not sure but I think in Germany it's "Seilverkürzung".

Submitted by: F. Van Gould
I have never, in my 78 years of climbing and sailing, found a use for this knot!

Submitted by: Joris Somers (NL)
Sheepshank Man o'War, a double (?) sheepshank:

Some sheepshanks have a crossed rope in the midsection and at some the ropes in this section are parrallel. Wich is the correct version?

Submitted by: Claudio Guidi Colombi
In italian "nodo margherita" (daisy knot). Adding another loop (4 in total) become a "nodo margherita delle navi da guerra" (daisy knot of war ship). Very beautiful to see. In any case, if you insert the ends of the rope in each eyelet, this knot become more safely.

Submitted by: Sam Baker
I would like to know why we call it a "sheepshank". Did it have something to do with tethering sheep to be sheared or otherwise keep them from going too far?

Submitted by: Tim

Submitted by: F. Van Gould
I have never, in my 78 years of climbing and sailing, found a use for this knot!

Well arent you special, the sheep shank is mainly used for SHORTENING long rope... Yes some people used it for climbing down and collecting their rope again...

I am pretty sure (dont hold me to it) that it was called a sheep-shank because it was very untrustworthy, people had very little faith in this knot... but I suppose you cant blame them.

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That was my understanding also, however I have never seen it in practice.

When they cross, I believe it is then a trumpet knot, same strength as ShpShk, just tied differently.

Excellent point about the ends being used to make it perm. I was hoping someone knew this.

Submitted by: jeremy veluz
will you define what's the meaning of sheepshank?!

Submitted by: Hobb
If you add multiple loops to the middle part before tying, then run the ends through the loops outside the hitches like spot suggested, you've got a nice cradle for a sling.

Submitted by: Vasja Markič
This knot is called in slovene:
"Skrajsevalni vozel"

Submitted by: David Burnham
This knot is useful when setting up a line that is tensioned on both ends. Such as when setting up a tent held by ropes and you do not want to shorten the length of rope. It has been replaced in most circumstances by using a rolling hitch instead.
The loops at each end are used as blocks to load both ends of the line and when used this way it is a very useful way to not only shorten the length of the line but to provide a mechanical advantage while doing so.

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