Mr. Nix!Nice challenge idea!I showed this awesome challenge to my 8yo son, who is a knot fan! He likes to tie knots and even taught me new ones.He was amazed with the possibilites to learn new knots (He said the knifes are gougeous).
I learned that one as the "Double Sheet bend". (As opposed to the single, as you pointed out. )And a damn fine knot it is, too! I often have a loop pre-tied to a bit of kit. The Double sheet bend is the quickest way to bend on (join) another line. "The essential knot" Is it all that? Hard to say. If I had to trust my life on a bend....I have a few others in mind. Still, an excellent knot to start of the competition!! A personal favorite!!!
It's 01/10/20 on this side of the planet
Does lanyard knots count?
Nix, do I owe anything else for my entry or am I good to go?
I sure hope the Friendship Knot qualifies.
I think you proved it is useful! It counts! I have to try to tie it......
My first entry is the Friendship knot.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship_knot(Image removed from quote.)I discovered this knot myself, which is why I always remember how to tie it.Although it is classified as a decorative knot, it can be very useful to know, thanks to its geometry.Traits:-It is very secure. Because of the four lines locking each other, it stays tight. Whenever I want to untie one, I use pliers.-Pulling against it only makes it tighter.-It creates a fixed loop.-The two ends meet at an angle to form the knot, so the loop will stay open.-The knot is outside the loop. You have a clean loop, then the knot, then the ends outside the loop.(Image removed from quote.)Uses:-Fixed loops; zipper-pulls, lanyards, drawstrings. The open loop makes it easy to hang objects, or accessing a lanyard with a single finger.-Fixed elastic loops; hair-bands, waist-bands, cuff-bands, DIY bands for masks, head-lamps, tethers, etc. Works great with shock-cord.-A finishing knot for a cord bracelet, weaved lanyard etc. When you are left with two ends, this is a good, tight knot that will secure the weave.-Great for smooth, slippery synthetic cords and lines that make other knots untie themselves.-Excellent for plastic bottle cordage, and other flat type cordage.-The knot will be flat on one side, so you can tie knot upon knot to make a weaved lanyard. The box weave and circle stitch lanyards are made by stacking friendship knots on top of each other.(Image removed from quote.)-Of course, thanks to its square side, chequered appearance, and symmetry, it is an excellent decorative knot, for neckerchiefs, bandanas, leather cords etc.How to tie it:1. Give one end a twist.(Image removed from quote.)2. Put the other end in the twist.(Image removed from quote.)3. Bring that end around the knot.(Image removed from quote.)4. The end will go through the big loop, over the first line it will meet, and under the other, to form the knot.(Image removed from quote.)5. Tighten.(Image removed from quote.)6. Adjust the length of the ends to make it pretty.(Image removed from quote.)You can mirror this process to make the knot look the other way, if you want symmetry on a bag with two zipper-pulls etc.When I tie this with cord/paracord, I use pliers to tighten it, and it will take pliers or a corkscrew/marlin spike to untie it. It is extremely secure.(Image removed from quote.)This is an underrated knot. It has tons of uses and it is very secure. I am surprised not many people know about it. Whenever I need a loop, I tie this knot. Especially for zipper-pulls, or other cord loops on things you buy, where they just put the two ends together and do a standard overhand knot. That looks ugly and will come lose in a couple of days. The friendship knot will remain tight and it looks great. https://youtu.be/zkh36iCaaj4