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How to Tie the Whip Knot

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The Whip or Whipping Knot is one of the first knots you will learn in scouts because it is so versatile and so easy. It can be used to “ whip rope” as shown in the illustrations below — a technique used to prevent further fraying of rope ends — or to lash items together and even to make a cordage grip on a handle, say for instance, on a bow, sword, or knife.

The neat thing about the whipping knot is that there is no visible knot in the traditional sense. There is no “knot ball” protruding giving it a clean appearance.

If you need to brush up on your knot terminology, see this post. To see an animated version check out net knots.

How to Tie a Whipping Knot

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Step 1: Lay down a bight.

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Start the whip knot by laying down a bight (bend) along a rope or items to be lashed.

Step 2: Wrap around the bight and rope, poles, handle, or whatever is being bound.

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Wrap the running end around the rope, poles, or whatever is being bound, keeping the bight visible.

Step 3: Pass the running end through the bight and pull on the standing end.

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Pass the running end through the bight and pull on the standing end. The loop will pull the running end under the wrapped cord.

Step 4: Tighten the wrap by pulling on the standing end. Trim off excess.

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Pull the standing end tight, which will tighten the wrapped cord, and trim off excess if you desire.

And there you go. What are you going to whip up now?

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