The ancestors of the box tie were using clove hitch cuffs around the arms instead of wraps around the whole body, keeping the secret of their tie in the back. This made the tie significantly more dangerous as struggling made the rope tighter around dangerous zones. When used to transport prisoners this was probably seen as a benefit and the tie was later modified to fit the needs of erotic rope bondage.

It is interesting to go back to these roots and explore how the inline cuffs from day 12 can be used to create structure and add to the aesthetic of our box tie design. This add additional challenges and risks as placement of the cuffs on the arms is more difficult, with less space to avoid exposed nerves. This family of tie is often referred to with the Japanese terms Hojo Takate Kote 捕縄高手 小手.

Box Tie Hybrid

Replacing a wrap of a box tie by pair of inline cuffs creates an interesting tie that is structurally similar to a two rope box tie and leaves the front of the chest more exposed.

Placement of the cuff needs to be done carefully as we tie closer to the elbow where the ulnar nerve is exposed.

Expanding a Design with Cuffs

Cuff can be added to use up ropes, add support, make the tie even less escapable or just make the tie visually pleasing. Horizontal cuffs on the arms below the lower wrap will add a dramatic effect on the tie, making it look more complex and even more restricting. We have to be very careful as we tie closer to the elbow. Adding vertical cuffs on the forearms will add some additional support while not affecting the appearance of the tie from the front.

Cuff Structure

What if we could create a box tie that is almost invisible from the front? Using no wraps at all and inline cuffs as a structure, we create a tie that can be both restricting and minimal at the same time. This comes at the cost of a higher difficulty level to execute, and more risks as we tie around the arms over more sensitive zones.

Practice Time!

Spice up your favorite box tie design by adding some inline cuffs to it.

Self-evaluation checklist

  • Frictions are tight and compact with no undesired twists
  • Tension is even across the tie
  • The cuffs are flat against the skin with no pressure to exposed nerves
  • Is the tie symmetric?
  • Pull the tie in different directions; how does it hold?

Exploration ideas

  • How many cuff can you make in a single tie?
  • Try different placements for cuff, which one feel the most comfortable

Solo tip
Ok this one is actually hard to cheat and self-tie, what’s your trick to self tie inline cuff behind your back?

Inspirations and Resources

Coming soon!

Credit: Hybrid M: AlexK7 R/P: Ebi McKnotty – Horizontal cuffs M: Miss_Soffia R/P Ebi McKnotty – Vertical cuffs M AlexK7 R/P: Ebi McKnotty – 2 Rope cuff only M: FreakyFerret R/P: Ebi McKnotty


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