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Flemish Bend

Flemish Bend. How to tie the Flemish Bend. Also called the Figure Eight Bend, it is one of the strongest, safest, and simplest ways to join two ropes. It is also is relatively easy to undo in modern synthetic ropes and can be readily checked. For utmost security, the working ends can be tied into backup knots.

See Animated Flemish Bend below the knot tying instructions.

How to tie the Flemish Bend animated and illustrated

Flemish Bend Knot Tying Instructions

  • Form the first rope into a loosely tied figure eight shape.

  • Following the working end of the first rope where it exits the knot, feed the working end of the second rope around the knot, parallel at all times with the first so that it exits alongside the standing part of the first rope.

  • Tighten the knot a bit at a time by alternately pulling on the working ends and standing lines, making sure it is symmetrical and neat.

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