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June 28, 2016Decorative

Knot of the Week Video: How to Tie Decorative Knots with the Solomon Bar

Knot of the Week Video: How to Tie Decorative Knots with the Solomon Bar


On today’s Knot of the Week we’re beginning our Decorative Knots with the Solomon Bar. You may have seen the Solomon Bar in paracord bracelets, keychains and other interesting projects. It’s one of the easier decorative knots to tie and can be used as a way to store or carry paracord on a fob or bracelet, but tying it for this purpose only isn’t the most practical.

In my opinion, this is a purely decorative knot and something “quick releasable” would be better if your only intent was to store paracord. The Solomon Bar pattern resembles repeating square knots and is sometimes referred to as square knotting or a cobra stitch.

Solomon Bar Knot » Decorative Knots

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 3See below for what these ratings mean.



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.


  • R711

    There is a way to finish this knot off, as it is used officially in lanyards. I’ve seen one being finished off, but it was so long ago I’ve forgotten on how to do it. Maybe a Royal Navy member will step up and explain on how to finish this knot

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