== History ==
[[Image:Buntline-hitch-ABOK-1711.jpg|thumb|Untightened Buntline hitch]]
Simple and effective, this hitch is likely very old.<ref name="histsci">J.C. Turner and P. van de Griend (ed.), ''The History and Science of Knots'' (Singapore: World Scientific, 1996), 28.</ref><ref name="tossguide">Brion Toss, ''Chapman's Nautical Guides: Knots'' (New York: Hearst Marine Books, 1990), 39.</ref> It dates back at least to the
[[age of sail ]] when it was the knot used on [[Square rig|square-rigged]] ships to secure the [[Clewlines and buntlines|buntlines]] to the [[Parts of a sail|foot]] of the [[sails]].<ref name="ashley225">Clifford W. Ashley, ''[[The Ashley Book of Knots]]'' (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 310.</ref> That the Buntline hitch was the preferred knot speaks to its security and reliability.<ref name="tossguide"/><ref name="budcomp">Geoffrey Budworth, ''The Complete Book of Knots'' (London: Octopus, 1997), 51.</ref> Once set, repeated jerking and slatting tend to tighten it further rather than loosening it.<ref name="pawpock">Des Pawson, ''Pocket Guide to Knots & Splices'' (Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2002), 133.</ref> Its compact size allowed the foot of the sail to be drawn up as closely as possible to the buntline [[Deadeye|deadeyes]] on top of the [[Yard (sailing)|yard]].
It has gained in popularity in recent years due to its performance in slippery modern synthetic lines.<ref name="tossguide"/><ref name="pawpock"/>