The Top Seven Bush Knots and Use of the Windlass
By Mors Kochanski
Review by Thomas J. Elpel with Felicia Elpel
The Top Seven Bush Knots and Use of the Windlass by Mors Kochanski is a very informative, easy to use booklet. It covers seven simple but extremely useful knots, plus numerous variations that can be used in the field in many different ways. For example:
This booklet has very simple, clear instructions with explanations for the use of each knot. It is a great pocket book and useful in any backpack or survival kit. It is also a good companion to Kochanski's Bush Knots DVD.
- The jam knot is a simple knot for lashing sticks tightly together.
- The constrictor knot uses more cordage, but lies flatter than the jam knot and can be applied with crushing force for such things as securely hafting spear points, repairing ski poles or canoe paddles, or lashing sticks together.
- The sheet bend is used for tying ropes and cords together, especially where there is a strong pull on the line.
- The non-inverting slippery bowline is used to tie a rope around a person's waist, a horse's neck, or other objects where the loop must not cinch down tight.
- The reef knot is used for such things as tying bandages, putting up tents, and reefing sails.
- The parbuckle is used for tying down loads, moving heavy objects, or erecting clotheslines.
- The butterfly loop can be formed in the middle of a rope, without using the end, for applications such as putting handholds in a haul rope.
- Gripping hitches are useful for things like taking up slack in ropes under tension and tying bundles.
- The rope windlass is used for exerting a powerful pull to move heavy objects, or to free stuck vehicles from mud or canoes from log jams.
- The Alberta rescue hitch is used as a body harness or sling for raising or lowering a conscious or unconscious person.
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