• Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  My Blog

    Hatchet Axe – for Camping and Bushcraft Needs

    An indispensable item in your backpacking survival kit is a Hatchet Axe. The fibreglass axe handles are durable and take rough abuse; also have great shock absorption properties. It’s an ideal in length, 355 mm and weight 0.7 kg; with a protective safety holster with clip for carrying with you and a lanyard hole in the handle. It’s versatility is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, from cutting down trees and bushes; requires less of backswing when preparing and splitting your firewood in tight spaces. Handy, when building an impromptu shelter from the elements.  Effective for self-defence against 2 & 4 legged predators.

  • Essential Rope Knots,  My Blog

    Grinner Knot

    As an avid fly fisher, my personal favourite Knot is Grinner; it’s a type of fishing knot commonly used to tie a fishing line to a hook, swivel or lure. It is known for its strength and ability to hold well under heavy pressure. The Grinner Knot (also known as the Uni Knot) is relatively easy to tie and is considered to be a good choice for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. It is recommended to practice the knot before using it on the water, as well as checking the knot’s strength before casting your line.

  • Essential Rope Knots

    Blood Knot

    The Blood Knot is one of the best knots used to tie two lines of similar diameter together. It is a strong and reliable knot for joining lines, and is often used by anglers to create a leader or to extend the length of a fishing line; a favorite for fly fisherman. It is important to note that the blood knot should be tied with care, as it is easy to twist the lines or not to have the turns tight enough, that would weaken the knot. Also, it is important to use the knot with similar diameter line, if not the knot may slip or break.

  • Essential Rope Knots

    Taut-Line Hitch

    The Taut-Line Hitch is a versatile and adjustable knot that can be used to create a secure loop in a rope that can be tightened or loosened as needed. It is commonly used in camping, boating, and other outdoor activities to secure tarps, tents, and other gear. Here is how to tie a Taut-Line Hitch: Keep in mind that the Taut-Line Hitch is not a reliable when the object is under load and it is not suitable for life-safety situations.

  • Essential Rope Knots

    Prusik Knot   (Lark’s Head – Cow hitch done twice)

    The Prusik Knot is a type of friction hitch used to attach a rope to another rope or to an object, such as a carabiner. It’s a versatile knot that can be used for ascending, descending, or traversing a rope, and it’s commonly used in climbing, caving, and rescue operations. It slides when not weighted along a tight rope but jams solidly at the moment of loading. In climbing, the Prusik Knot is often used as a backup safety system for belaying, as it allows the climber to be attached to the rope at all times. It can also be used for self-rescue, by attaching the Prusik Knot to the…

  • Essential Rope Knots

    Double Fisherman’s Knot   /  Grapevine Knot

    The Double Fisherman’s Knot, also known as the Grapevine Knot, is a type of bend knot that is used to join two ropes together. It is a very secure and strong knot that is often used in climbing, boating, and other outdoor activities. The Double Fisherman’s Knot is a good choice for applications that require a strong and secure connection between two ropes. It is also known for its ability to resist twisting and cinching, making it a reliable choice for applications where the ropes may be subject to movement or stress. It’s relatively easy to tie and it’s a bit more secure than the simple fisherman’s knot. This knot…

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    Rolling Hitch

    The Rolling Hitch is a knot used to attach a rope to a rod, pole, or another rope. It’s a type of friction hitch that is used to resist lengthwise movement in a single direction of pull. It is typically used when the rope needs to be pulled along an object rather than at right angles. The rolling hitch is a versatile knot and can be used in many situations such as in boating, climbing and rigging. It’s also known as Magnus hitch, but it’s a bit different from it. The Magnus hitch is typically used to attach a rope to a pole or another rope, but it’s a more…

  • Essential Rope Knots

    Fisherman’s Bend / Anchor Hitch

    The Fisherman’s Bend, also known as the Anchor Bend, is a strong and simple knot that is designed to be secure and not jam or slip under strain. It can also be untied easily. The fisherman’s bend is often used to attach a rope to a ring, hook, anchor, or other object, as you mentioned. This knot is a reliable and secure choice for tying a rope to a ring or a hook. It’s also known for its strength and security under load, it’s easy to tie and it’s relatively easy to untie even after being loaded. It’s a popular choice for boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Note: The…

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    Reef Knot / Square Knot

    The Reef Knot, also known as the Square Knot, is an ancient and simple binding knot used to secure a rope or line around an object. It is formed by tying two overhand knots, with the second one being tied in the opposite direction of the first one, creating a symmetrical knot. The reef knot is often used in boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities for securing loads or tying up parcels. It is also used in first aid as a bandage knot. Note: Reef Knot is a binding knot, it’s not suitable for critical load bearing applications.

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    Halter Hitch Knot

    The Halter Hitch is a type of quick release knot that is used to secure a rope to an object such as a post or fence rail. It is often used to tie up horses or mules and is known for its ability to be quickly and easily released by pulling on one end of the rope, even when it is under tension. The halter hitch can also be passed through the slipped loop for added security, but not tightened down. It is considered one of the quickest to tie of all the quick release hitches. Equine Halter Hitch