Whether you’re holding up a stagecoach or simply mooring a small boat, the Highwayman’s Hitch is the knot for you. This week, Bryan demonstrates how to tie it, as well as how to release for a quick getaway.
In addition, he offers a look at how the Highwayman’s Hitch completes the knots he’s been tying on our Janky Ship’s Wheel. We’re one step closer to completing our DIY Knot Board Display.
(Strength: 2/Security: 3/Stability: 2/Difficulty: 2) See below for what these ratings mean.
The Highwayman’s Hitch is fairly secure, as long as it’s properly tightened up. The knot will seem stable when you’re pulling on the standing part, however it can collapse under extreme load, so it should never be used in a lifesaving application.
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.
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