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Tom fool's knot

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Tom fool's knot
Names Tom fool's knot, Tom fool knot, Conjurer's Knot
Category trick
Related Handcuff knot, Sheepshank, Fireman's chair knot
ABoK #1141, #2290, #2291, #2534


This knot is sometimes considered a Handcuff knot but is somewhat inferior for this purpose to the knot which usually bears that name. It is a good knot with which to commence a slightly fancy Sheepshank. It is also used as a trick knot, due to the speed with which it can be made.


It is formed by making two loops, not exactly overlaying each other. The inner half of each hitch or loop is pulled under and through the outer side of the opposite loop.