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Japanese Square Knot

How to tie a Japanese Square Knot. The Japanese Square Knot is a decorative method of joining two ropes that forms a square shape. Due to its symmetry, it is often used to adorn the lanyard holding a whistle or knife and can be used as a fancy way to fasten the waist belt of a robe.

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Japanese Square Knot


Japanese Square Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Form two bights opposite each other in one rope.

  2. Pass the working end of the other rope (or other end of the same rope if only one rope is involved) up through the first bight, then cross over the tops of the other bight.

  3. Now pass the working end up through the second bight and down through the first bight.

  4. Now wrap over the tops of the first bight and down into the second.

  5. Pull the ends evenly, a little at a time on each of the four to tighten down the knot.


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