Overhand | Double Overhand
This simple knot has many uses:
- Finishing the end of a rope so it does not fray.
- Temporarily marking the bight of your rope before you put it down. (See below)
- As a component of a harness to hold two ropes together in one place before they are separated in another. (See below and the Hishi Karada tutorial)
- As a stop knot to keep a rope from slipping through the end of a pulley.
Because of its tendency to bind when put under tension and therefore be difficult to untie, it is typically only used in areas where it is intended to be permanent or in situations where it will not be subjected to a great deal of tension.
Warning: This knot should never be used in situations where it might be holding the weight of a human (such as if you are doing a suspension). An overhand reduces the amount of tension a rope can withstand (its strength) by 50%.
Using the Overhand Knot to mark your bight - Text
An overhand knot can be very helpful to temporarily mark your bight!
Sometimes it is necessary to put down a rope in the middle of rigging and you don’t want to lose your bight. For example, when you are untying, you pull off one rope and immediately move on to the next rope. You don’t take the time to neatly coil your rope right then, you keep untying. And then move on to after care. You or your partner come back later to coil your ropes.