If there is one word that is synonymous with rope, it has to be knots. We begin tying knots at an early age – as soon as we learn to tie our shoes. A knot can be a friend or an enemy to rope depending on the application. Tying a knot in a rope creates a weak point because the bending, crushing and chafing forces that hold a knot in place damage the individual fibers that make up the rope. Depending on the type of knot tied, the strength of the rope can be weakened by up to 60 percent. On the other hand, rope knots are necessary for tying up a boat, recreational climbing, or even tying a canoe to the top of your car, and many avid crafters make some stunning and unique creations out of rope. Whether knots work for you or against you in your rope application, here are some interesting facts you might “knot” know:
- The word “knot” is related to the words knob, knoll, and knuckle. It isknoten in German, knot in Dutch, knut in Swedish, nudo in Spanish, and noeud in French.
- Quipus or talking knots are a system of knots tied into necklaces that the Inca used as documented records for things such as tax obligations, census records, calendrical information, and military organization.
- A stubborn knot can often be loosened by rolling it with your palm against a hard surface.
- To create a more secure knot soak the rope in water first, cinch the knot tight and then let it dry.
- The mystic knot is a knot of eternity (figure eight) made of six other infinity knots. This series of tied knots create a charm of endless luck and great abundance
The joke …..
A string walks into a bar with a few friends and orders a beer. The bartender says, “I’m sorry, but we don’t serve strings here.”
The string goes back to his table. He ties himself in a loop and messes up the top of his hair. He walks back up to the bar and orders a beer.
The bartender squints at him and says, “Hey, aren’t you a string?”
The string says, “Nope, I’m a frayed knot.”