The Anchor Bend or Anchor Hitch is the knot generally used to fasten a line to an anchor. The free end should be secured with seizing to the standing line for a permanent, secure knot. One side of a Double Fisherman’s also makes a good backup knot to this and any knot.
- Make two turns around the shackle, leaving turns open.
- Pass free end behind the standing line and feed the free end through the first turns and pull tight.
- Now tie a half hitch around the standing line and pull tight.
- Seize the free end or tie the knot with a long tag end and tie a backup knot such as one half of a Double Fisherman’s (see Backup Knot) with the tag end around the standing part.