Everyone should know at least a few knots and hitches. The square knot, the bowline, and clove hitch come immediately to mind. Then there are all the other “essentials” that you may never need but are great to know. One good example is the highwayman’s hitch. I presume it got its name because a highway man could use it to hold the reigns of his horse securely but could make a quick get away with the simple tug of the bitter end.
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