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Non-tightening bayonets: Anchor knot
Non-tightening bayonets: Anchor knot

Anchor knot, otherwise called a fishing bayonet, belongs to the category of non-tightening. He is one of the most reliable in his group.

Date of Origin

Opinions differ on this. Some sources believe that the fishing bayonet was invented only in the last century, somewhere on European ships. However, there is other information, according to which this node is already counting the fifth millennium. Based on this theory, it can be assumed that the bayonet was previously used for other purposes. It was probably borrowed by one of the owners of the ships, after which it received wide publicity.

Scope of application

As the name suggests, the anchor knot is used in the shipping industry. It is believed that no more reliable bayonet was invented for cables that are subjected to increased tension. Before the advent of steamships and other modernly equipped ships, this knot was used to fasten the anchor bracket to the rope. Of course, now it is not so popular due to the emergence of other technologies, but it can be useful for other household purposes.

anchor knot

The fisherman's bayonet is similar to another simple knot used in maritime affairs. It is distinguished by the knitting technique: when the desired object is surrounded by a cable,the latter is passed under the first layer of rope, i.e., a hose. When used in navigation, the free end of the rope is fastened to the fixed one. So, the anchor knot is able to withstand any thrust. The main thing is to choose the right cable. Since it is he who can break, regardless of the technique of attaching it to the object. The bayonet is often used in other areas where ropes are used to lift or hold a large object. For example, in private construction.

Anchor knot: how to knit?

To avoid misunderstanding among readers, the following will be presented step-by-step instructions without the use of maritime terminology:

  1. Wrap the cable around the object twice. The second run-out should be done without tightening, otherwise the rope will not pass under it.
  2. Lower the running end of the rope over the fixed one, draw under the loose loop, tighten slightly.
  3. Wrap the remaining section around the main part of the cable. Insert it into the resulting loop.
  4. Secure the loose end to the fixed end with a zip tie or wire for extra security.
anchor knot how to knit

As previously mentioned, the anchor knot is very similar to another, the name of which is a simple bayonet with a hose. People who are not related to the shipping industry usually often confuse them. And this is not surprising. However, it is worth remembering: when performing serious work, this node is much better suited.

Additional half-bayonets (actions described in paragraphs 2 and 3) make it more secure. And if the knot with which they confuse the anchor, in realityused to fasten any part of the vessel, it would quickly receive new modifications. Otherwise, he could not be trusted with strong pull cables.

Sea knots

This category includes bayonets - non-tightening knots used to attach the cable to an object. They provide convenience and reliability of use. Marine knots, unlike fishing knots, leave the possibility of repeated use of the cable without damaging it. They allow you to use a minimum of effort to release the load.

anchor knot photo

The anchor knot, the photo of which is presented above, belongs to this category. Now it is used in the field of mountaineering. It is also popular among the owners of some yacht models. Initially, bayonets were used to moor ships to mooring piers, but over time they were adapted to other needs. However, it is worth mentioning that the nodes of this family require scrum. Otherwise, they will not be able to perform their functions due to the danger of spontaneous dissolution.

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