survival
survival survival
survival_world_globe survival_world_banner survival_world_banner survival_world_banner survival_world_banner
survival home_tag about_us_tag survival_search_tag contact_us_tag
survival survival
Survival Stories
Video
Sea Survival
Wilderness Survival
Tropical Survival
Hunting / Tracking
Rescue
Climbing
Maps
Geography
Fishing
Science
 

Sheepshank

 

The Sheepshank can be used to shorten any rope to any required length without cutting. It is easy to tie, holds under tension with good jamming action, does not change its shape, and unties easily. In an emergency a Sheepshank can be used to shorten a damaged line or rope, take care to ensure that the damaged or weakened section of the rope passes through both half hitches.

To Tie a Sheepshank:

Form three loops at the point in the rope where the shortening will be required. Pull the indicated points of the middle loop through the two outer loops.
sheepshank_photo_1
Slowly pull on the two main parts of the rope, making sure that the knot retains its shape and form.
sheepshank_photo_2
Tighten the knot into its final form. This knot is very adjustable, but always make sure that the two loops at the end of the knot are of similar proportion.
sheepshank_photo_3
If the knot is used to take up a piece of damaged rope, the damaged area must be positioned in the center of the knot to avoid subjecting it to any strain.
sheepshank_photo_4

Sheepshank Knot Video

 

Return to Knots Main Page

survival
survival survival survival