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.
How to Tie a Whipping Knot
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Step 1: Lay down a bight.
Step 2: Wrap around the bight and rope, poles, handle, or whatever is being bound.
Step 3: Pass the running end through the bight and pull on the standing end.
Step 4: Tighten the wrap by pulling on the standing end. Trim off excess.
And there you go. What are you going to whip up now?