Week 32: More Knots
Rope bondage doesn’t require knowing any knots but it can still be fun to learn a few to do some cool tricks to spice things up.
The goal of this week is to learn and practice a few knots to analyse in which context these can be useful when tying someone up.
- Day 218: Handcuff Knots – Knots like the handcuff, prusik and a few others will create two loops that you can tighten down to be used as handcuffs. These can be great alternative ways to start a tie.
- Day 219: Stopper Knots – In day 45 we looked at a few knots to tie at the end of the rope to keep it from fraying. There are many more of those, stopper knots are an entire family of knots and it’s interesting to compare them and see if they fit your needs. Bonus point, you can also dig in the many variations of whipping techniques.
- Day 220: More Extensions – In day 5 we learned the cow hitch and the square knot methods to extend ropes. Knots used to extend rope are called bends, some are easier to tie, some are very sturdy. The sheet bend in particular is very popular in rope bondage, try it out!
- Bend knots by animated knot
- Sheet bend by Topologist
- Sheet bend and other techniques by Lux
- Sheet bend and other variations by Tracker
- Comparing different methods and uneven ending by Wykd Dave
- Cheater’s sheetbent by Zylah
- Four different methods by -Steven-
- Tips to deal with uneven endings by MrLuckiesRope
- Overhand extension by Boundjock
- Day 221: More Locks – In day 4 we looked at the clove hitch and two half hitches to lock things in place. Many other combinaisons of a few basic hitches will create a lock, a Munter hitch followed by a half hitch, a half hitch on each side of a stem (similar to a cow hitch), a cleat hitch (which is really a clove hitche). You can also explore with splitting the ends, from there you can try different things such a passing one around another part of the tie before tying it off with half knots or with a shoelace bow.
- Day 222: More Decorative Knots – We learned the triple crown knot and the double coin knot in day 18, there are of course many more. In particular, the flower knots in an interesting family of knots and is very important in Chinese culture. The triple crown knot is the basic version of the flower knot, and you can use the same principle to add more leaves for a more complex knot.
- Day 223: More Quick Release Knots – In day 14 we learned a quick release knot based on the slipped half hitch, and there are many other. Let’s explore the other techniques to create quick release such as tumble hitch that also get rid of the excess of rope at the same time.
- Day 224: Exploding Knots – Sometimes we need more than a quick release, we need the knot to disappear completely, without leaving a tangle. This can be for a planned change, or safety reason. There are a few knots with these characteristics, in particular, the lapp knot will allow for the rope to completely detach even if we have continued to tie with the end.
Next: Fluidity and Control