How to Tie 6 Useful Survival Knots

Today we're getting down to basics and learning to tie 6 useful survival knots!
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Hey guys i'm nate welcome back to the. studio today we're going to be taking a . look at something that well fairly basic . is also extremely useful we're going to . show you how to tie six of the most . useful knots that i know and what . they're good for. for tying knots all you're gonna need is . a piece or two of rope and we've got . that so let's get started to make . handling a little bit easier let's just . cut off a piece that's you know eight . feet long now there are hundreds or . probably even thousands of types of knot . that have already been used and named . that all have their plates but these are . the six knots that i found to be most . useful in my life the first type of knot . we're gonna learn to make is called the . bowline it's a good knot for making a . strong stable loop at the end of a rope . to start with your bowline measure off. whatever size loop you want at the end . of your rope with one hand holding the . rope where you want your loop to start . twist a circle by grabbing one section . and lifting it up away from yourself . take the other end of the rope and . thread it through the back of the small . loop you just created wrap the short . piece of rope around the back of the . long piece of rope feed the short end of . the rope around the long end and then . back through the front of the smaller . loop at this point you should be able to . grab these three parts of the rope with . one hand and the long part of the rope . with the other and pull it tight if the . small loop running around the long end . of your rope hasn't tightened all the . way just give it a tug on the big end of . the loop at this point unless you're . using extremely slippery rope this will . hold pretty much indefinitely it's a . very stable knot that will almost never. give out even if it gets wet or is in . bad conditions another advantage of the . bowline is even after it's been tied for . a long time or put under a lot of stress . it can usually be undone fairly easily . when you want it to there's another way . to tie the bowline that won't come in. handy as often but someday you might . find it useful and it's actually a way . to tie it one-handed to demonstrate . let's clamp our rope into this vise . because i need something to hold on to . the other end . there we go. i remember how to do this right tada . it's a tie the one-handed bowline i have . the long end coming all the way around . my waist i'm gonna hold the short end of . the rope with a little bit of extra play . at the top now i'll drop my hand down on . top of the long end and twist it in a . circle this forms the loop that we made . when we were first tying or not we now . pass the short end of the rope behind . the long end grab it and pull our hand . down through the loop we've created then . with some tension added to the rope it. pulls itself tight . [music]. next night we're going to learn is . called the clove hitch and this is a . great knot for attaching a rope to a. tree or branch or any sort of pole we . have here a pole in a vise and this is . what we're going to tie our rope on to . for the clove hitch once again we are . going to work with a long end and a . short end to make our clove hitch it's . best to give yourself enough extra rope . that you can wrap around the pole once . or twice without any problem start by . wrapping the short end of your rope . around the pole once and having it go . underneath the long end of the rope if . you've got it on top of the long end of . the rope you've done it wrong continue . wrapping the short end of the rope . around the pole but don't pull it . completely tight you want to leave some . slack. with the short end wrapped back around . you want to pass it over the long end of . the rope and then under the loop you've . just created around the pole this knot . will actually cinch itself a little bit . tighter as you pull on it which makes it . great for attaching it to round poles . like the bowline one of the nicest . things about this nock is that after . you're finished putting it under tension . you can usually get it to slip open very . easily to retrieve your rope now it . turns out that the clove hitch like the . bowline also has a one-handed method of . tying it its usefulness is a little bit . different because you end up with the . entire knot which then has to be placed . over the posts that you're trying to tie . it to so if you would just have access . to the middle of a branch or pole or . tree this way won't help you out very . much . one advantage of it however is that you . don't need to have access to the end of . your rope the whole thing can be tied . just in the middle to start have the . rope hanging off of your pinky and thumb . weighted passing in front of your other . three fingers twist your hand toward you . so the rope overlaps itself you then . want to loop your hand down underneath . one side of the rope and grab the other . side at this point you need to slide . your hand out from the bundle of rope . wrapping around it these two loops that . i'm still holding on to . that's the knot if i drop those two . loops over my post i can grab the ends . of the rope and pull it tight now the . next knot we'll learn is called the taut . line and it's also good for attaching a . rope to a branch or a pole but this one . is very adjustable and you can use it to . tighten your line after you've tied it . almost as though it had a ratcheting . system to start off let's wrap our rope . around our pole and leave ourselves . about one foot of rope to work with at . the end to start off the short end of . the rope passes over the long end of the . rope the short end of the rope then . comes up through the loop and then wraps . all the way around the rope a second . time you can see we have the two coils . going around the long end of the rope we . then want to wrap our rope over those . two coils and the long end of the rope . down underneath and then through the. loop we've just made when our knot is. tightened it will securely grip onto the . rope holding our rope attached to the . pole if we add a little bit of slack . though we have the ability to slide our. knot up and down the long end of the . rope where ever we want it this is a . great knot if you're trying to hold a . tarp or a tent or something similar nice . and tight because you can tie the knot . pull to remove any slack and then adjust . the knot up the long end . which will shorten your rope holding it . pulled tight against your pole . our next knot is called the sheep shank . and it's used to shorten a piece of rope . when it's too long but you don't want to . cut it or when both ends are already . tied to other things to start we'll make . three loops by grabbing our rope and . twisting it clockwise one two three you . can see we now have sort of a clover . shape going on we have our first loop . with the rope passing on top we have our . second loop with the rope passing on top . and we have our third loop with again . the rope passing on top so the reason we . twist it in the same direction every . time so we always have the end of our . loop passing on top we don't want to . have one loop going the other direction . so it starts on top and ends on bottom . that's incorrect now to tie our knot . we'll take this loop twist it a little . bit more clockwise and grab the side of . our middle loop will then do the same . thing to the other side twist it a . little bit clockwise reach through and . grab the side of the middle loop now we . pull the middle loop through our side . loops and then as we tighten down on the . rope it will cinch up and hold itself . together we've now shortened our rope by . a considerable amount let's see the . difference here our rope is about eight . inches long if we relax it pop these . middle loops out i just hold on to the . same spot without letting go we now have . at least two feet of rope and if you . just make your middle loop even larger . you take even more rope out of your . middle our next knot is one that's used . for attaching the ends of two ropes . together sometimes the rope you have is . too long and you can use the sheep shank . but sometimes your ropes aren't long . enough and you need to attach two of . them together this next knot called the . sheet bend is good for that i have here . the ends of two ropes you can see this . is its own separate rope you could. actually use this for attaching two ends . of the same rope together as well but . i'm attaching two different ropes to . each other. we fold the end of our first rope over . second rope gets passed up through the . bottom . goes all the way around both parts of . our first rope and then passes through . the loop in itself that it's created it . shouldn't pass back through the loop . from the first rope pull that tight and . we have a nice secure knot that will not . let go one thing to look out for is you . want to be sure that both of the short . ends are on the same side of the rope if . i hold the rope with the short end of . our first rope facing down and tie the . second part of the rope the same way you . can see that the short ends of the rope. are now on opposite sides from each . other this is not going to be quite as . strong you can see that the angle as we . pull begins to slide more one of the . advantages of the sheet bend if not is . that it can be very good for tying . together two ropes of different . thicknesses here i've got our thicker . rope and here i have a piece of thinner . paracord and pull this tight and we have . a strong connection between the two the . last night we're going to show you today . is possibly the simplest one but it's . still very useful it's called the figure . eight knot the figure eight knot is the . knot that you should be using most of . the time when you tie an overhand knot . for reference an overhand knot is the . most basic simple knot you can tie . everyone knows how to tie an overhand . knot they do it all the time pretzels . are overhand knots and while it's not a . useless knot it's really not good for. all that much most of the time an . overhand knot is used to either stop a . rope from fraying or to provide a . stopper so that the rope can't slide . through a hole for both of those uses i . highly recommend using the figure eight . knot instead the figure eight knot is . almost as easy to tie as the overhand . knot and i think it works a lot better . to start simply pass the short end of . the rope behind the long end of the rope . and wrap it around wrap the short end of . the rope behind itself and through the . loop that you've just made as you pull . the rope tight your knot is already . finished. there you have it six of the most useful . knots i know if you've practiced these . then when it comes time to use them . you'll be able to do it without even . thinking about it will be a great . time-saver obviously there are 100 . of other knots that i haven't shown here . and dozens of ways to maybe even tie . these same knots that i didn't show this . is just supposed to be a basic guide for . knots that i actually use in everyday . life i know that this is a pretty simple . project but it is one of the most useful . things that you could learn in an . afternoon thanks for joining us for this . video and remember to come gear yourself . up with products and merch at the king . of random comm see you there . hey guys it's grant here i'm not in a . position to be in these videos right now . but that's exactly why nate's here nate . is the man he's got some incredible . talent and i think he could pretty much . build anything so let him know in the . comments what you want to see and he can . probably make it happen . .
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