Surgeons


Uses:


  • Joining two ends of slippery or artificial-fibre rope or twine that is bound around or supported by a solid body, eg tying up a parcel, or completing a lashing around spars.

Advantages:


  • Is more secure than a Reef Knot for slippery or artificial-fibre rope.
  • The finished Surgeons Knot is somewhat symmetrical; this is a useful visual check.

Disadvantages:


  • Is easily spilled, so it should never be used as a bend (to join two ropes).
  • Can be hard to untie when wet or tight;(surgeons usually snip the stitch rather than untie it).


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