Make the Damaged Rope Usable Again With a Sheepskin Knot

A damaged rope can be completely useless for most tasks safely, especially if the damaged section is somewhere in the middle. This simple knot can bypass the damaged area and make the rope secure enough for later use.

This video tutorial from ITS Tactical’s Brian Black explains how to tie a bone-like sheepskin knot on your leg. Find the damaged section of the rope, then make a loop with the damaged section at the top of the loop. Make two more loops of the rope, one on each side, with the damaged loop in the middle. Then pull the middle damaged loop through the loops on both sides until it stops. Once tied, the knot will take the weight off the damaged section of the rope so it doesn’t get damaged or broken. However, Black notes that you should never use a damaged rope if it will carry someone’s weight, and that this technique should only be used if absolutely necessary. If you can easily change the rope, just do it.

Shorten or bypass the damaged section of the rope with sheepskin | ITS Tactical


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