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Hi Instructables Community,

this week I present you a new part of the Quick skills series. This time I would like to show you the Marlinspike Hitch. This Instructable is kept rather short on purpose as I would like to build on this one with upcoming Instructables (e.g. how to use this knot to improvise a rope ladder and others).

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Please make sure you also check the last step for info on my monthly giveaway!

Cheers Alex

Step 1: Knot Info

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ABoK Reference: #2030
Alternative names:Marlingspike Hitch, Marlinespike Hitch, Boat Knot
Main Purpose:This hitch is used mainly to temporarily attach a rod (or Marlinspike) or other grip to a rope to form a handle. With this handle it is easier to apply tension when tightening knots than without a handle.
Strengths: Simple and quickly to tie.
Weaknesses:It is a temporary hitch and is not stable unless it is loaded.
The hitch will capsize and jam when loading the working end instead of the standing part. When capsized it will form a noose knot.
Remarks: It is also possible to quickly improvise a rope ladder with this hitch which will be the subject of an upcoming Instructable.
zdewater3 years ago
thank you
Alex 2Q (author)  zdewater3 years ago

You're welcome!