Friday, November 11, 2016

The Backhand Hitch - how to tie the best knot to know


Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how to tie the best knot I know and it’s called: The Backhand Hitch.  Stick around because if you’re only going to learn one knot – it really should be this one.
Alright now you might know this knot by another name and you might know a different knot by this name. Just keep in mind that I learned about a hundred years ago from a bunch of old guys who didn’t really have a lot of education but did have a lot of experience.
It’s just an excellent knot and you can call it Phil or Lamont or Grilled Cheese on Rye.
OK so the idea is that you go around the object that you want to tie onto, you cross over the standing end of the line and then you go back around the opposit direction around the object that you’re tying onto. And then you install these two half hitch locks. And so you can lock it down with a third half hitch on the standing line or you can go the other direction and put in a half hitch – what I call a half hitch or is otherwise known as an Overhand Knot to make a stopper knot.
So the Grilled Cheese on Rye knot is versatile and you can tie it with anything from dental floss, thread, wire to mooring lines and giant cables used for securing ships. You can belay it to anything from a ring or a cleat to a nail or even a giant Douglas Fir or even a building. And one of the best things about it is that it’s so easy to install that you can tie it one handed.
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