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Knot of the Week: Handcuff Knot

By The ITS Crew

After a brief hiatus due to our Plank Owner Membership Launch, our Knot of the Week series continues today with the Handcuff Knot.

Much like it’s name implies, the Handcuff Knot is used to bind. This can be great for hunters hauling game, as it can easily slip over animal’s legs.

It can also be used as a temporary restraint tied with paracord, after you disable would-be burglars. You’ll just need to tie an extra security knot in the working ends after you adjust it.

The Handcuff Knot is a very simple knot to tie, and is tied much like the Sheepshank Knot.

Handcuff Knot » Loops

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 2)

Please refer to our  Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.


  • In Hunting to prevent animals from straying or to haul carcasses
  • Temporary restraint

Tying Instructions:

  1. Tie two opposing loops (one overhand, one underhand)
  2. Stack the right loop on top of the left
  3. Reach through the top loop and grab the right side of the lower loop
  4. Reach through the lower loop and grab the left side of the upper loop
  5. Holding the bitter ends, pull to create the Handcuff Knot
  6. To adjust the loops of the knot, simply pull on the bitter ends

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!

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