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The Knotting Dictionary of Kännet
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About Jan Korpegård


A fixed loop, very safe. You can use it when climbing and lifesaveing etc. If your life depends on this knot, you should do an extra knot to make it safer. Otherwise it will not be safe enough, especially if the rope is new. Often learnt by thinking of the end as a rabbit, and the loop as its hole, and as Elma Fudd would say:
The wabbit gows up, out of his hole, wound the back of the twee, and back down into his buwwow.
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The Ashley Book of Knots
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Submitted by: Jan Korpegård
There are many variants of this knot.

Submitted by: Peter
Remember that the bowline weakens a rope by 50%. Where strength is crucial, use a Tarbuck knot. For permanent loops, use an eye splice

Submitted by: Us.
A bowline can be used for climbing we goto a climbing school. AND YOU CAN CLIMB SAFETLY WITH ONE!!! ok bye

Submitted by: Eric danielson
bowlines can be tied with one hand if nessicery by wrapping the rop around you and by holding it with one going over, under,around, and through.

Submitted by: Dade Murphy
I learned this knot in Boy Scouts and found it very useful. You can use it all the way from lifting to binding things.

Submitted by: Richie
This is the way that I learned it.
Make a loop . Now the rabbit goes up through the hole, around the tree and back down the hole....and pull

Submitted by: Muddy,
I have to agree with the first comment, I am an experianced climber and although a good survival knot its tendancy to tighten the loop and weaken the rope does not make it ideal for climbing, you should use a Water knot to attach your self to the rope and lark heads to use sligs ect.. Sorry guys but if you are being told to use this knot you should question it.

Submitted by: Chris Konecke - NJ
We learned this for use when rappelling and rock climbing for setting up a system at the top of the mountain. The knots works great when you need to set up directing pulleys if your base is not in-line with an open part of the moountain for climbing/rappelling.

Submitted by: Damir Visic
In Croatian: "pasnjak"

Submitted by: Rafa
In Spanish called "As de guía"

Submitted by: Gordisius
If at first you form a clove hitch in yor hand ,then treet this as the hole. You end up with a bowie that wont float undun in the water.

Submitted by: Terry
What? If one was to go out sailing, this is essentially the only knot that is necessary to know. Arguably the strongest knot in the world, sailors use it on everything from tying the sail sheets (sail ropes) to brandishing it around a good cup of Joe.

Submitted by: Joca
in portuguese: "lais de guia"

Submitted by: Marioca
Toni quero-te para toda a vida, mas nâo me dês aquelas merdas dos aneis e pulseiras seu cabrão do caralho

Submitted by: Deckhand
This is an extremely strong and reliable knot. We used it on a tugboat in Chicago harbor (years ago) to begin a loop between the tugboat and the barges we were towing (1.5 - 2 inch nylon) or securing to pilings. I have never seen this knot come undone OR jam. Easily unties even after working with full barges (many, many tons).

Submitted by: John Sheldon

Submitted by: sennali
noeud de chaise in French.


Submitted by: Jen
Theatre folk love this knot... As an electrician and stagehand, i've used it for all sorts of things... an essential knot to know!

Submitted by: Andy Adair
The bowline is a safe knot for climing, ONLY IF IT IS USED AS A STATIC KNOT, it can come untied if it is run over a object!!!

Submitted by:
This knot is very good for tying up a sailing boat. If you go sailing you need to know more than a bowline by the way (repling to Terry)

Submitted by: js
bitter end outside loop more rope cutting force. bitter end inside loop more slipable

Submitted by: Spott
This is essentially a sheet bend on a bight. just look at it. try it...take a short rope, and pretend that the ends are seperate ropes. tie the sheetbend, then look at it again. you just tied a bowline with a large loop. this knot is critical for sailing, but frowned on by rock climbers.

Submitted by: Spenser
I am in 4-H and this know is very useful for tieing horses,cows, etc.

Submitted by: Rene
En español se lo conoce como "As de Guia" y es el nudo más practicado

Submitted by: Fox
We learned this is inappropriate for rescue use. If you need a loop use a figure 8 on a bight, a figure 8 follow through, or a directional figure 8.

Submitted by: Darko
In Croatia we call "Mrtvi cvor" (Dead knot) becose when you pool strenth this knot, he wont move.

Submitted by: Shelley-Web
It is a good knot when sailing and it is easier to untie when you need to untie it

Submitted by: Web-Page design class
This is a good knot that is simple enough to learn quickly and it is a knot that can easily be untied by simply a tug or two.

Submitted by: Jeffrey
Spott pointed out an interesting curiousity: the Bowline DOES boil down to being a Sheet Bend. Tie a Bowline, then cut the loop at its farthest end from the knot. Hold the cut end of the loop that is essentially parallel to the direction of the entire rope, leaving the other to stick out at a right angle to the rope. Hold also the standing part, and you will be holding, essentially, the two ropes involved in a typical Sheet Bend! I remember making this discovery several years ago and being astonished!

Submitted by: SRCook
This knot is perfectly safe to climb on. I have been climbing trees for more than two years and it works for a variable palathera of things. This is the only attachment knot I will use in my climbing set ups. IT IS VERY SAFE. Don't listen to anyone who tells you other wise!!!

Submitted by: Shay Tzinder
In Hebrew: "Kesher Hatzala" ("Saving Knot").

Submitted by: M.E.
I agree with SRCook. I've been rock climbing for several years now and although the bowline reduces the strength of the rope to 50%, any decent rope can support far more than twice your weight. So this disadvantage is not worth worrying over. This is a very safe knot that can be tied with one hand easily. Just be sure to leave about of foot of rope tailing.

Submitted by: Matt Grimes
The bowline is used by scouts worldwide.It weakens the rope by 1/2 %

Submitted by: Gretchen
I was looking for a knot to use to put up a clothesline. I think this knot will work best. Any other suggestions?

Submitted by: Simone
In italian is "gassa d'amante"

Submitted by: kat
very safe knot. In Germany it's called "Palstek" or, because it's used of firefighters and ambulance men when saving people, "Rettungsknoten" (Rettung=saving)

Submitted by: Sailor Bob
Gordisius has invented a GREAT new knot. Just insure the bitter end goes down thru both clove hitch loops and ends up INSIDE the large loop.

Submitted by: Andrew
Gretchen, you could use a contrictor hitch.

Submitted by: Dude
For stronger hold wrap twice around the rope.

Submitted by: larry
tie a bowline in the middle of a line. lay line across your hand. wrap line over itself once second time wrap to middle push middle wrap down pull second wrap over it and under first wrap pull tight not a true bowline but very usefull i was shown this knot in the navy in 1964

Submitted by: larry
it is called a thumb bowline

Submitted by: judgeblacksteel
NOT TO BE USED for climbing orders from the german alpine club in case of top roping sins 1994

Submitted by: pete
can anyone here tie an Alpine butterfly??? if so E-Mail it to me pls

Submitted by: Guy Hamaekers
Ever tried tying a bowline around a high pole (or through a ring) while standing on the deck of a rocking boat and forgot about the rabbit? Try this: Sling the line behind the pole (from right to left if you're right handed) and take both line and end in you left hand, securing your balance. With your right hand loosely make a simple noose in the boat side of the line and pass the loose end throug the loop. Now pull the loop (the boat end of the line) through the noose and voilá, you moored your boat on a bowline.

Submitted by: Manu
In Finland we use a story of a snake, a lake and a tree. Or if there's no kiddies around it's a drunkard, a lake and a tree :-)

Submitted by: Charlie Jones
I learned this knot from Jack Miller as an oilfield roughneck. Dependable, I have literally staked my life on it.

Submitted by: patrick-yee@ctimail3.com

I would like to know how to make a bowline rapidly and perfectly.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Submitted by: neil sookram
excellant for a temporary eye but prefebly double bowline

Submitted by: Tom Mahler
Just a thank you to everyone . I'm researching the bowline (boh-lin)for a tafe project . Best site I've found yet . Does anyone know who invented it .

Submitted by: Scott aka Knotsman
On modern (slipery) rope such as Poly rope, I prefer a modified Hunter Bend. I have never seen this particular use of the Hunter's bend in any books. Who knows, I may have invented a new knot this year. It is very easy to untie, but holds it shape, even when violently shaken about. Knotsman@aol.com

Submitted by: kayla jencks
i want to kno how to make it

Submitted by: TERBOR
How invented the bowline. sure it helps to tell us how to make it but what if were doing a report on the bowline and we need to know how invented it. so tell us how invented the

Reefknot Fisherman's Knot Water Knot Sheetbend Lark's head Round Turn
Timber Hitch Fisherman's loop Bowline
Prussick Clove Hitch Sheepshank Jug Sling Hitch Whipping Round hitch Slippery round hitch Pile HitchTwo Half Hitches Buntline Hitch Monkey's fist
Diamond knot Simple Simon Over Double Simon Simple Simon Under Vice Versa. Thank you

Submitted by: Anatoly
If the load on the sides of this loop is not symmetrical the knot will surely jammed. Especially when load is 50% or more then max. resistance of rope. J invented many knots which never tye "deadly". Some of them there are on the site:

Submitted by: jota agah
chinese bowline

Submitted by: Gray
In Hebrew the bowline is called "kesher hatzala" (lifesaving knot)

Submitted by:
several ways it is useful

Submitted by: cody little
There are so many ways of tying the knot. And thousands of ways you can use it

Submitted by: Tullio
I am an 82 year-old sailor. I have used it tens of thousands of times. It never slipped and is always easy to untie even when sopping wet.

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