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Knute Hitch

The Knute hitch is a knot used to attach a lanyard of paracord or other small diameter cordage to an object such as a knife, marlinspike (a marlinspike is a tool used in marine rope work) or other tool. Rigger Brion Toss is credited with naming the hitch after his favorite marlinspike of the same name, although the hitch is likely much older.



The lanyard line should be just small enough to fit doubled through the lanyard hole in the tool. The working end, with a figure-eight knot or any other stopper knot, is placed through the protruding bight and then the bight is withdrawn, jamming in the hole.


Knute Hitch


Knute Hitch Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Tie a figure eight knot or other stopper knot in the end of the lanyard. Form a bight and pass bight through the hole in the tool.

  2. Pass the stopper knot through the bight and tighten the bight down by pulling on the standing line.
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