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?