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I thought that Les Stroud was about to make a taut line hitch. But at the end he did a couple of things a little different. What is this knot? Does it hold better than a taut line hitch?

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  • Looks like a timber hitch, but finished a little differently, and without the timber, ha. – BlackThorn Jun 7 '18 at 20:03
  • @BlackThorn - So, if you'd like, make this an answer, preferably with a picture showing the likeness between the knots, so that it can be voted on and accepted. – Don Branson Jun 7 '18 at 21:54
  • I would if it were the right answer, but I am quite sure that this is not the timber hitch, even if it resembles it. This knot probably has another name. – BlackThorn Jun 7 '18 at 23:17
  • @BlackThorn - Gotcha. – Don Branson Jun 7 '18 at 23:18
  • Do you have any more pictures of this? He is covering up an important part of the knot with his middle finger in the first picture, and it is difficult to tell where he is putting the end in between the 2 pictures. Either way, I'll monkey around with some rope tonight and try and figure out what this is. – BlackThorn Jun 7 '18 at 23:20
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This knot appears to be one referred to as the tarbuck knot, named for its inventor, see for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarbuck_knot or http://www.craigmarine.info/accessories/fishing_equipment/Tarbuck-climberKnot.htm

It is intended to be able to absorb sudden loads, which is useful for climbing, especially in stranded, synthetic type ropes.

(Note: adding as community wiki, as the correct answer was found by another user, but that answer was deleted for reasons of moderation.)

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It seems related to the knot that I use to tighten a tarp ridgeline that is often referred to as a 'prusik'. I can't remember how I first came across the method but it's very useful for maintaining tension.

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    Normally, a prusik is a friction hitch that is tied from a loop of cord: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prusik I didn't find any reference that uses it to describe the knot mentioned here. – Qudit May 31 '18 at 9:15
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    This is simply not a Prusik. – Beanluc Jun 4 '18 at 20:28

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