How To Tie An Overhand Knot (Thumb knot)

An overhand knot or thumb knot as it can be called, is a basic knot, but is handy for bushcraft and camping. It is one of the simplest of all knots and a base for many other knots. The overhand knot was probably was one of the first knots that we might learn to tie.

How to tie an overhand knot

1. Form a loop. 2. Place the tag end or working end around and through the loop. 3. Pull both ends tight.

Bushcraft, survival and camping uses for the overhand knot.

As it is a foundation for many knots it can help in structure building, climbing, snares and traps, fishing, etc. Specifically, the knot can be used as a stopper knot. Or be used to stop a rope end from fraying.

If you put a lot of tension on the overhand knot it can be difficult to untie.


How to tie an overhand knot

Above picture; The overhand knot is used as a stopper knot on some mariner’s bank-line in conjunction with a timber hitch. Right – The overhand knot is used on the jute twine spool to stop the line fraying.


Overhand knot ridgeline DD Tarp

Above image; A DD Hammocks Tarp with a ridgeline and three prusik loops. The orange paracord is used to attach a tent stake to the webbing loop of the tarp. The paracord has a overhand knot in it, to tie the cordage together to form a loop. A larks head knot is then used to secure it to the tarp webbing tie downs.




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