Author Topic: What is this knot, where each end points in a cardinal direction?  (Read 665 times)

SummerDaze

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Found this knot in my headphone cord and its extension cord. I was engrossed listening to old sailors' and whalers' tales, recorded on the first phonograph devices; preserved. The oceans seemed angrier, then. And frankly the men too. Back when boys could learn rope-skills from men who'd bet their lives on their knots. Different time.

While listening to my recordings, upon happenstance, I stumbled upon this strange knot. I immediately took to paper and believe that I've produced a faithful render. Can anyone please relieve me of this mystery and tell me if this knot has a common name?



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Mik3e

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Re: What is this knot, where each end points in a cardinal direction?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 04:51:24 AM »
This is similar to a square knot (ABOK #1032), but not exactly the same. My facetious side says this is an electrical tangle, closely related to a fisherman's hopeless tangle.

Mike

alpineer

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Re: What is this knot, where each end points in a cardinal direction?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 07:44:36 AM »
But your rendering has an extra twist (in the line with the parallel shading). TMK, neither tangle has a common recognized name.
I do like the use of parallel and transverse shading in your sketch to differentiate each line.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 03:46:29 AM by alpineer »

Dan_Lehman

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Re: What is this knot, where each end points in a cardinal direction?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 10:26:47 PM »
I think that this knot isn't among "known" knots.
Perhaps it could serve qua net-knot, if set well?!

(There has been some development of these with
the advent of HMPE fibre into netting; IIRC, it was
a Danish? firm who had some new knot, and I found
in thin nylon monofilament netting the same or similar
one --many turns (unlike the one of the OP).)

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SummerDaze

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Re: What is this knot, where each end points in a cardinal direction?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2018, 04:41:13 AM »
I was thinking the same re: net knots :) it wouldn't lose a whole warp/weft if one strand snapped. Is there a class of knots like this (square knots?) where ends come off at 90 degrees? Sorry, I just downloaded ABOK off libgen because of Mik3e's post, and I suppose like with most things, the first thing I'm learning about knotting is the depth of my own ignorance.

I think that this knot isn't among "known" knots.
Perhaps it could serve qua net-knot, if set well?!

(There has been some development of these with
the advent of HMPE fibre into netting; IIRC, it was
a Danish? firm who had some new knot, and I found
in thin nylon monofilament netting the same or similar
one --many turns (unlike the one of the OP).)

--dl*
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