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Sheep Shank

How to tie the Sheepshank Knot. The Sheepshank is most commonly used to shorten a rope, but it is not a stable knot and can fall apart quickly with the interruption of tension on the knot. It tends to hold better in coarse or rough rope and not so well in modern synthetic rope. A damaged section of rope can be isolated using the Sheepshank, but tension must be maintained on the knot.

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Sheep Shank

Sheepshank Knot Tying Instructions

  • Take up slack in rope and make underhand loops as shown at A and B.

  • Pass bight A1 through loop A, and bight B1 through loop B.

  • Pull free ends of rope in opposite directions. Maintain tension on knot.
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