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Hanson Knot

How to tie the Hanson Knot. The Hanson Knot is a great little knot for making a loop at the end of a rope, but very little is known about its history (if anyone knows the history of this knot, please write to us)!
As far as we can tell, the Hanson Knot was a popular loop knot for the Boy Scouts in years past. It is strong, doesn't slip and is easy to untie after being put to load. Does this sound like the description of a better known loop knot? Yes, the Bowline fits this description and is probably the best known and most useful knot in history! Maybe the Hanson is relegated to obscurity  just because of the Bowline's popularity. It looks to be a variation of a bowstring knot and has a distinctive look when finished. The Hanson Knot is a nifty way to tie a loop, has a distinctive look, does not slip and is easy to untie - enjoy!


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How to tie a Hanson Knot


Hanson Knot Tying Instructions

  • Tie an Overhand Knot in the standing line of the rope.
  • Bring the working end back through the loose Overhand Knot as if you were making a Slip Knot.
  • Pass the working end over the standing line, then under it, and through the Overhand Knot.
  • You finish the knot by tying a half hitch by passing the working end over the Overhand Knot and under itself so that it lies next to the standing line.
  • Tighten the Overhand Knot first and make any adjustments to the size of the loop, and then tighten the Half Hitch.


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