The Sheepshank Knot, named for its supposed resemblance to a meaty leg bone, is a great hitch to use to shorten a rope or even bypass a damaged section. Today Bryan demonstrates two methods of tying it, as well as how the knot will fit into our DIY Knot Board Display.
(Strength: 4/Security: 4/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 3) See below for what these ratings mean.
For either method of tying, the Sheepshank should only be tied with static rope and never dynamic. Keep in mind that many people consider the hastier version tied in the video to be less secure and stable.
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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