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Old 08-11-2012
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Essential knots?

Check out these knots

Zeppelin bend (loop also) - probably the best bend.

Alpine butterfly loop (bend also) - best knot for making a loop in the middle of the line. The hand method is super easy. I like this as a loop over the bowline in some places because it dresses neatly.

Ashley stopper - as mentioned, the largest stopper for a given rope size.

Double overhand stopper/slip knot - clean looking stopper and a nice compact slip knot.

Adjustable grip hitch - great slide and grip hitch for making adjustable loops.

EDIT: While looking stuff up after this thread I also reminded myself of one more nice knot:

Surgeon's knot - a slight variation of the reef/square, one extra turn when you first tie it that makes it easier to tighten down and more secure.

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