Knot of the Week Video: Make a Quick Getaway with the Highwayman's Hitch - ITS Tactical
 
January 12, 2016Hitches

Knot of the Week Video: Make a Quick Getaway with the Highwayman’s Hitch

Knot of the Week Video: Make a Quick Getaway with the Highwayman’s Hitch

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Today’s Knot of the Week is another of my favorites, particularly for its history. The Highwayman’s Hitch was supposedly used back in the late 1800s by stagecoach robbers. According to Wikipedia, a Highwayman is a robber who traveled by horse rather than foot.

The Highwayman would tie up his horse alongside the stagecoach he was robbing using the Highwayman’s Hitch, enabling him to make a fast getaway. The hitch will hold fairly strong, yet release quickly with a simple tug on the free end.

Highwayman’s Hitch » Hitches

(Strength: 2/Security: 3/Stability: 2/Difficulty: 2) See below for what these ratings mean.

While not as strong as the Clove Hitch, the Highwayman’s Hitch is a bit more secure. I’ve used this for mooring a small boat and it worked extremely well.

Just make sure the Highwayman’s Hitch is tight, or it won’t hold whatever you’ve tied up. While this knot will seem stable when pulling on the standing part of the line, it can collapse under extreme loads and shouldn’t be used in lifesaving applications.

Ratings

Strength/Security/Stability/Difficulty

Each knot will be assigned a rating from 1-5 (1 representing the lowest score) based on the following four properties:

Strength – All knots will weaken the strength of  a rope, however, there are knots that are stronger than others. The scale here will reflect how strong the rope remains with the specified knot.

Security – The security scale refers to how well the knot will stay tied, and resist coming loose under a normal load.

Stability – Stability refers to how easily the knot will come untied under an abnormal load (i.e. the knot being pulled in a direction it was not intended to) A lower score here represents instability.

Difficulty – The lower the number, the easier a knot is to tie.

Discussion

2 comments
Truefire
Truefire

I've been tying a clove hitch for centuries when out on the water chasing flounder, speckle trout and ducks...never know - speedy getaway though could save the day.  Thanks for sharing.  Cool knot!!  So simple.  I'm wondering if select material would hold 'in place' better than others...bouncing, tugging boats can really work a line, breaks lose during spawning season no biggie...during duck season 'Big Biggie' --a lot colder swim

hutchnate
hutchnate

were did you get the Bulleit Bourbon t-shirt? I want no need one.

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