I was looking through my book of knots. When I was a Boy Scout I could never figure out a sheepshank. I don’t know why they call it a “sheepshank”. As far as I can tell it’s nautical knot.






But it reminded me. This is a Gordian knot (Of course named after Alexander the Great’s famous knot untieing trick) My father made this while he was in the navy in 1917. It’s about two inches in diameter.

 103 years old and I still can’t untie it.

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7 Responses to Knots

  1. Carlos, YN2, USN (Long ago) says:

    I always thought you were a knot head.

  2. Tom says:

    I was a boy scout as well. I seem the recall that knot was used to temporarily shorten a rope..

  3. Chris M says:

    Bud, you have never steered me wrong. But when it comes to knots, get the Ashley Book of Knots. Read about it at Mine is 50 years old, well worn for sure. If you are broke, a free version is at for downloading.

    It’s a coffee table sized book which lies flat when open, a handy feature.

    You won’t regret it it. Oh yeah, get about a 4′ piece of cord at the same time.

  4. Russ says:

    Isn’t that called a Monkey’s Fist?

  5. Steamer says:

    Grog Knots is an awesome app with step-by-step video instructions…Knots 3D is another good one

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