There are so many factors involved that asking the question with only
so few specified ... begs the answers to include details in rationale,
I guess -- and so we learn.
The distinction between "Ossel" knots --i.e., concerning those names--
I think is a phony one, introduced in some book as though to be helpful,
perhaps, in giving a name? The O.hitch --though they are both that--
is the briefer, and only properly/effectively a ring hitch (i.e., requiring
a like-sized diameter object for locking); the other is one Ashley named,
hmmm, "netline h." IIRC.
Here's another --which has an Ashley # but I'm not sure and headed out...--:
make the Groundline/Picketline hitch but instead of tucking the end down
under the S.Part, at that point in tying take the end OVER and BACK UNDER;
the result seems more slack-secure, better balanced, and is much like the
Constrictor but for being more easily loosened (by just pulling back on
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Some hitches are used because they can be tied under tension (and most
of those you cite cannot); some because they resist variously angled loading
(as you also ask about); some because they jam tight-secure, and some to
avoid that and be untied. (I watched lobstermen deal with old groundline
by cutting off what I'll call "Near Groundline Hitches" ("near" because
instead of tucking the end out under the S.Part, it was tucked down through
the lay of the object rope to which the "snood" (aka "gangion") was tied);
however, I found I could untie the hitch faster than this fellow was cutting
Around the commercial-fishing haunts I've plied in Cape May, the Clove H.
it much used, usually with the ends somehow secured (such as w/hog rings).