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Sheepshank
Sheep Shank Knot


The Sheepshank is a shortening knot, which enables a rope to be shortened non-destructively.

  • The knot is only really secure under tension, it will fall apart when slack. (See tip below.)
  • Tip. Use up to five half hitches each end of the Sheepshank to make the knot more secure, and for fine tuning the shortening.
  • Tip. Never cut ropes to shorten them! Always use a shortening knot such as the Sheepshank, or coil the excess.

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