Flemish bend

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Flemish bend
Names Flemish bend, Figure Eight Bend
Category bend
Related Figure eight knot
Typical use Climbing
ABoK #1411

The Flemish Bend with Stopper Knots

The Flemish Bend, also known as a Figure Eight Bend, is a knot for joining two ropes of roughly similar size.

A loose figure eight knot is tied in the end of one rope. The second rope is now threaded backwards parallel to the first rope. Be sure to dress the knot neatly - the two strands should not cross each other.

Although fairly secure, it is susceptible to jamming. For critical loads, such as when climbing, the knot should be backed up by tying stopper knots in each end around the adjacent standing end.

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