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Harness Bend

Harness Bend Knot. How to tie the Harness Bend. Also known as the Parcel Bend or the Parcel Knot, the Harness Bend is useful for tying two lines together when the line has to remain under tension.
The name is thought to come from saddling a horse with the knot, tightening as the horse exhales to take up the slack.

See Animated Harness Bend below the knot tying instructions.

Harness Bend Knot Tying Instructions

  • Make an overhand loop with the rope being held under tension.
  • Feed the working end of the second rope through the loop and over the working end of the first rope. Pinch the loop down, maintaining tension on that line.
  • Tie a Half Hitch with the second line around the standing part of the first line, and tighten
    it down onto the first loop.


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