What's manlier than being an expert on basic knots? These knots are different from the camping knots you're used to, and they're definitely a step up from the bow knot we use to tie our shoelaces. You never know when knot-tying will come in handy, so find out how to tie basic knots that are simple yet pretty darn awesome!
16 Basic Knots for the Everyday Man
1. Overhand Knot
Of all the basic knots, the overhand knot is what a lot of men know. This knot is the basis of almost all other knots. You can easily do this by forming a loop and pulling one end of the rope through the loop.
2. Double Overhand Knot
The double overhand knot is an extended version of the basic overhand knot. Instead of pulling the rope taut, pull the rope through the loop two more times before pulling.
3. Overhand Bow
An overhand bow is very useful when you’re fishing, climbing, or just tying your shoes. It’s a knot that’s difficult to untie, which makes it very reliable and stable. This knot is similar to the overhand knot, but instead of one rope, you use two.
4. Figure Eight Knot
Another basic knot every man should know is the figure eight knot. This knot is used when rock climbing or sailing because it prevents the rope from being pulled out of its retaining devices. Tie this knot by making a loop with one end and passing the end through it. Then pull both sides of the rope.
5. Figure Eight Double
Making the figure eight double knot is similar to the figure eight knot. However, instead of the end of the rope, fold the rope into two and use the looped end when following the figure eight knot instructions.
6. Sheet Bend
A sheet bend, also called a weaver’s hitch, is used to create a half hitch in the slack of a larger rope. To make this knot, you need to join two ropes. Create a loop with one rope and pull the next rope through, under the first one, and then back through the loop,. Pull to create the knot.
7. Sheet Bend Double
The sheet bend double knot is somewhat similar to the regular sheet bend knot. Instead of pulling the rope back through the loop after going under the first one, thread the rope under the other rope a second time.
8. Running Knot
The running knot is an adjustable basic knot often used in forming a noose. You need two form loops for this knot. Then, pull the end of the rope through the last loop, make a new loop by going under the rope, and then pull the rope. The loop tightens whenever it’s pulled.