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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by ratagonia, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. ratagonia

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    one reason I don't use a double fisherman's

  2. Kuenn

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    Hmm, impostor knot...interesting.

    More reasons why: (1) The person who ties it, tests it (yes, a bit tongue-in-cheek, but can be effective reinforcement for knowing your stuff, inspection, anti-lemming-like, et al) or (2) when your trip is overrun with bandits...here's a new knot for those occasions.
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  3. Brian in SLC

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    Scary video but, really? You could make a fake knot in almost any configuration. Enough so to fool someone, if that was your intent. Double or triple fisherman's? Safe knot. Not my preferred method but...you gotta intend to fool someone with a knot per the video. Could accomplish a similar thing with a sharp knife and a taped middle mark...(ie, like a splice).
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  4. Wes1

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    Pretty hard to tie wrong when you know it well. :)
  5. ratagonia

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    "one reason I don't use a double fisherman's"

    Well, no. I don't use the double fish because I use a much better knot. Easier to tie, easier to inspect, easier to untie, doesn't get stuck when pulling the rope. Although the double-fisherman's is a nice thing to know when doing re-enactments of last-century canyoneering.

    Tom
  6. Wes1

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    And this magical knot is?
  7. ratagonia

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  8. hank moon

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    Double fish is a great knot for its proper application: making closed-loop slings (e.g. for Prusik or similar).

    Silly knot for joining rap ropes - I don't know anyone who uses it for that!
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  9. gajslk

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    I used to, years ago. Ask me about stuck ropes deep in the backcountry sometime. Love the EDK. Besides, when you're rappelling off of crap, who needs a strong knot? ;)

    Gordon
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  10. VillainousTurtle

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    American Euro Death is what our ZAC guide taught us. Glad to know he taught us a good one, I'd wondered about the double fish and what it's for.


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