10-16-2012, 11:31 AM
Re: Blood knot question
Just a few thoughts you might want to consider.
When tying 3 wrap blood knots with heavy material, I first snug them up fairly well so the tags aren't going to slip out EDIT and it (the knot) is considerably shortened. Then I lube them up good (or not, if I can cinch them under water.)
To cinch, I place the knot directly over the crease between pinky and the palm of my left hand and wrap the standing line 2 or 3 times tightly around that hand.
Then I grab the other standing line loosely in my right hand then spin that hand to get two or three wraps around it (tightly) so that, after I got that hand wrapped, the pinky side of that hand is tightly touching the pinky side of the other hand all the way down to the wrist. You have to spin the hand the proper direction so the line goes out the pinky side in the palm.
The line is very tight coming across the palms of both hands to the knot. And the pinky sides of both hands are tightly touching all the way to the wrist. Both of these are critical.
When I close both hands, the knot is more or less centered between the palms of each hand (but this is not critical).
Then all you have to do is squeeze both hands tight (you will see none of the knot now) , lock both wrists and move your elbows out to the side. This will cause your two hands to roll away from each other across the knuckles - like your knuckles form two gears- spreading the pinky sides of your hands. It gives you trememdous leverage, and causes a smooth clinch because the standing ends are grasped so close to the knot.
All knots should be cinched when holding standing (or standing and tag ends both) as close to the knot as possible. This minimizes a jerky cinch which happens when you grab too far away from the knot becausee there is too much line stretch between the grasp point and the knot. You can hear or feel it when it happens.
When tying heavy material to hooks, a hook ring may be essential for some knots because they may need to be cinched with both pliers on the tag end with equal pressure applied to the standing end. The Lefty no slip loop being one of them. In a pinch, the hole in the end of toenail clippers will work for this if you can step on it.
When "fixing" a knot like that one pictured with pliers, I would wrap the standing line coming from the good end of the knot onto something so that I could pull on the standing end coming from the other side with one hand while pulling on the tag with pliers.
Last edited by wjc; 10-16-2012 at 11:51 AM.