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Overhand Knot


Overhand Knot

Titan Knots – Overhand Knot

The Overhand Knot is one of the most fundamental knots and forms the basis of many others including the simple noose, overhand loop, angler’s loop, reef knot, fisherman’s knot and water knot. The overhand knot is very secure, to the point of jamming badly. It should be used if the knot is intended to be permanent. It is often used to prevent the end of a rope from unraveling.



Tying the Overhand Knot

There are a number of ways to tie the Overhand knot.
  1. Thumb Method – Create a loop and push the working end through the loop with your thumb.
  2. Overhand Method – Create a bight, by twisting the hand over at the wrist and sticking your hand in the hole, pinch the working end with your fingers and pull through the loop.
Tying the Overhand Knot

Tying the Overhand Knot

Knot Heraldry

In heraldry, the overhand knot is known as a “Stafford knot”, due to use first as a heraldic badge by the “Lords of Stafford”, then as a general symbol of Staffordshire.

Knot Theory

If the two loose ends of the knot are joined together (without creating additional crossings), this becomes equivalent to the trefoil knot of mathematical knot theory

Knot Reference


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