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How To Tie A Strangle Knot

The Strangle Knot, also known as a Double Marlin Hitch, has many applications. It may be used as an emergency whipping, or in place of the Miller’s Knot.

The Strangle knot is a semi-permanent knot that is used as an alternative to the constrictor knot. The Strangle knot is considered to be better because once it is tightened it is cut down.

However, it is less secure than the constrictor knot. It is mostly used to cover the neck of sacks, but it might be risky as it is not as secure as the constrictor knot. It is also known as a binding knot and is also used to tie up the rolls.

Also, some ropes are seized up from the end by using the strangle knot that prevents the ropes from fraying. When it is tied, it tightens up so well on it that it becomes hard to untie. That’s why most people prefer this knot.

How To Tie the Strangle Knot?

Some basic and easy-to-learn instructions must be followed while tying the Strangle knot. To tie this knot, you will need a rope and an object to tie the knot around. However, to easily do this knot, you can follow these steps:

Step 1

Take an object and a rope of thin or moderate diameter. You can take any object, like a bundle of ropes, a sac, a roll, or any other object.

Strangle Knot Step 1

Step 2

Take your cord and wrap it around the object. Tie it well, so it won’t leave its place.

Strangle Knot Step 2

Step 3

Now, tie the cord around the object in such a way that it forms a crossing turn as shown in the figure.

Strangle Knot Step 3

Step 4

Then, come around again so that your line will be parallel to the crossing turn.

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Step 5

You just need to tuck the working end underneath the crossing line that is formed in the center.

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Step 6

Then, tighten the knot by pulling both ends. Tighten it well, so it cannot be opened up easily.

Strangle Knot Step 6

Step 7

If necessary, you can remove the extra ends of the rope.

Step 8

Now you have a nicely formed Strangle knot, ready to use.

For a more in-depth tutorial and additional information on the Strangle knot, check out our video!

Variations on Tying The Strangle Knot

The Strangle knot can only be tied up around cylindrical shapes. It is almost like the double overhand knot or double fisherman knot. This knot starts with a three-round turn in which two are crossing and one is parallel to it. You can also form a loop and slide it over a roll, pole, or sack beside the above-mentioned steps.

Advantages of the Strangle Knot

The Strangle knot is not easy to untie once it is formed perfectly. You have to use a knife or scissors to cut it. You can form a temporary whipping with a Strangle knot and can secure the neck of the sack or any bag with it. This knot is a variation of a 2-pass binding not and is easy to tie and master.

This is also effective and beneficial if you want to export things in sacks, or if you will be carrying anything in sacks or bags on a long journey. Also, another major, but new advantage is that it is new to the surgery world but highly effective.

Disadvantages of The Strangle Knot

It is not as secure as the constructive knot. Also, you cannot tie it just twisting a loop as it may not be very complex, but it is not as safe as the constructive or miller’s knot. If you lay it down wrong, there are higher chances that it will form only a half knot instead of two turns.

As it is strong enough and hard to untie so while cutting it through with a knife or scissors, there are high chances that may be cut down. So, make sure to cut down the binding rope over the strand to protect the underlying rope.

History of The Strangle Knot

Back in the 19th century, it was known as the strangle knot in Ashley’s book of knots. People usually used this knot to save their belongings in sacks to store.

Also, the farmers usually used this knot to export grains and other products in different cities and markets to sell, so they secured the neck of their sacks with the Strangle knot. In the old days, when there were fewer means of communication, people used the Strangle knot to tie letters or scrolls to protect them and make them look presentable.

Uses For The Strangle Knot

The Strangle knot is the same as the double overhand knot and is majorly used as a stopper. You can use it while fishing and around the house. It’s also another version of the fisherman’s knot after other fishing knots, like the clinch knot.

You can also use the Strangle knot on occasions like Christmas and other events in decorations or gifting a self-made card or other gifts. This knot has a finishing that makes your things look presentable and secure. You can make some crafts at home with a Strangling knot, such as a bunch of scrolls in a mug using different color ropes, and tie them with a Strangling knot to give it a bouquet look.

Related Knots

Other related knots to the Strangle knots are:

All of these knots can be used as alternatives to the strangle knot. The constrictor knot is more secure, but people still mostly prefer the strangle knot over others because of its strength.

How To Tie a Strangle Knot Illustration:

Pass the working end over the top and around the object to be fastened to. Leave a gap between the line and that object.Strangle Knot 1
Pass the working end back over and behind the object to be fastened to.Strangle Knot 2
Bring the working end in front of the standing part. Then pass the working end underneath the standing part.Strangle Knot 3
Fair the knot with even pressure on both the standing part and working end.Strangle Knot 4
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