6 Secure Nylon Rope Knots

Nylon rope is arguably the most common and well-known rope style. Where most of the industry has moved toward economy blends, our Nylon ropes and cords are still 100% nylon. This guarantees a product that is high strength and has excellent UV and abrasion resistance. 100% Nylon ropes are resistant to mildew, motor fuels, oils, cleaning fluids, and many other chemicals.

If you’re looking to work with Nylon rope or increase your knot tying prowess, these are the 6 knots you should learn first. It should be noted that the knots you’ll use for classic nylon rope are different from the knots you’ll want to use for twisted three strand nylon rope. We have included three of each so that no matter which nylon you’re working with, you’re good to go!

Common Nylon Rope Knots

Figure Eight

One of the most common general-purpose stopper knots, figure eight has come to replace the overhand knot in many applications. This knot would be used to mark the end of the rope so it doesn’t get lost. It’s easy enough for beginners, and yet impressively strong and reliable.

A Slip Knot

While many other knot styles may be referred to as a slip knot, a true slip knot creates a loop at the end of a rope and is easily loosened when the tail is pulled. Not meant to create a permanent solution, a slip knot is commonly used as a temporary stop that allows the rope to be reused or repurposed later. There are a variety of ways in which a slipknot can be tied. While they are similar in structure to a noose knot, the main difference is a noose will tighten when tension is applied to the rope.

Half Hitch

The half-hitch is used to attach a rope to a stationary object, such as a hitching post. The half hitch is usually used in conjunction with other knots or additional half hitches which in turn create other more stable knots. When there are multiple half hitches in succession, these create knots with their own name. Some examples of this are two half hitches, the clove hitch, and the cow hitch.

Twisted Three Strand Nylon Knots

The back splice is a knot specifically suited to twisted three strand nylon to secure the ends. Built off of a crown knot, the back splice is differentiated by braiding and tucking the strands back into rope itself, to keep it from coming undone or fraying. While this knot may not seem sturdy, it is used for projects where no weight will be applied to the rope and is generally a temporary solution.

Short Splice

An unusual approach at first glance, the short splice requires tape and unraveling a portion of your twisted three strand nylon rope. Once each section of the two ropes are unraveled, you want to tuck those strands into the still twisted portion of the opposite rope, and repeat this for the other side. This knot is mainly used in nautical applications to combine individual lengths of three strand twisted nylon rope.

Eye Splice

The eye splice is another three strand nylon rope knot that requires tape and for the end of your rope to be unraveled. The difference is that the eye splice creates a loop at the end of a single unit of rope. This is done by taping twice, once at each end of your loop, before taking your unraveled section and tucking it back into the main portion of your rope, that is still twisted.

When looking at the extensive list of knots that exist, determining which will work with the rope you’re using is extremely important. Nylon rope is a great place to begin if you’re looking to learn knot tying, and this list will certainly get you started.

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