|Names||Water knot, Tape knot, Ring bend|
|Related||Overhand knot, Beer knot|
|Typical use||To join webbing for climbing|
|Caveat||Ends should be left long, knot should be tightened and inspected before each use|
The water knot (or tape knot) is a knot frequently used in climbing for joining two ends of webbing together, for instance when making a sling. To tie, first form an overhand knot in one end and then follow it with the other end, feeding in the opposite direction.
The ends should be left at least three inches long and the knot should be "set" by tightening it with full body weight. The ends can be taped or lightly sewn to the standing parts to help prevent them from creeping back into the knot. Inspect the knot before each use.
- Craig Luebben, Knots for Climbers (Evergreen, Colorado: Chockstone Press, 1993), 19.