Day 14: Quick Release
There is an entire family of hitches dedicated to knots that can be untied quickly. The quick release is a way to create a temporary lock that is very fast to tie and untie. This also comes with the downside that the knot can untie accidentally with movement if one is not careful.
Note that quick releases are different from exploding knots; when untying a quick release the rope continues on its path. For example, when you run the rope through the bight of a single column tie to lock it followed by a quick release, untying the quick release will add some slack but the bight will remain locked. We will look into exploding knots in day 217.
Slipped Half Hitch and a Half Hitch
This quick release knot is very fast to create and can be released with one hand without untying the rest. It is often called Yuki knot in the honor of Yukimura Haruki (1948-2016).
Here we use the bight of a single column tie as the location of quick release but any change of direction will work.
We will look into other quick release hitches in day 203.
Quick Release Cuff
You can make faster inline cuff using a similar technique. Don’t pull the whole rope through, just a little bit and use a half hitch on the loop to keep it in position.
Just like the regular inline cuff, make sure the line coming in is tensioned so the cuff stays in place. Unlike the regular inline cuff, the exit will be locked in place with the hitches.
Also known as ebi shibari 海老縛り (shrimp tie) or ebizeme 海老責め (shrimp torture), this tie is one of the four official Japanese torture ties from the Edo period. Bending forward will restrict the ability to breathe, which is why using a quick release is a good idea for this tie.
For a more restrictive experience, you can tie the arms in the back using the the quick release cuff. As we tie on the arms, we have to be mindful of nerve impingement, monitoring closely and making use of the quick release helps to mitigate those risks.
It’s also a fun tie to play with this tie, rolling the person tied in different position will create different exposure that can be interesting for more sexual play. Make sure you discuss these with your partner before trying it.
Try the shrimp tie and make sure you lock it in place with a quick release to untie quickly if needed.
Self evaluation checklist:
- The knot is snug and doesn’t untie with movement
- There are no unnecessary twists and the knot is nice and compact
- All cuffs are located on a safe place on the body, away from joints and nerves.
- Try releasing the knot and tying it back with the tied person in different position (sitting, side, leaning forward, leaning on the back)
- Can you release the knot with one hand?
- Observe your hand movements as you tie it, can you make it faster? How quick can you untie it?
- Try different tie design using the quick release cuff.
Credit: Quick release tutorial M/R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7 – Mayfly pattern M: Miss_Soffia R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7
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