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Water Knot

How to tie the Water Knot or Ring Bend. The best knot to use when tying knots in webbing. Can be used to make slings and grab handles. Climbers most commonly use the Water Knot, also known as the Ring Bend, for tying webbing into loops. Make sure the tails exit from different sides of the knot and they should be at least three inches long to be able to be inspected for any slippage of the knot.

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Water Knot Tying Instructions

  • Tie an overhand knot in one end of the webbing leaving the desired length of the loop free.

  • Retrace the knot in the opposite direction with the other end of the webbing and.

  • Pull tight. Make sure the free ends are a couple inches long to visually inspect for slippage during use.
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