Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Turk's Head Knot on a Flask

I used about 15 feet of CoolGlowStuff.com 3/32" cord to put a Six Lead Five Bight Turk's Head Knot with 4 passes, on this flask. The flask came with a bottle of Cutty Sark Scotch Whiskey that I bought a few years ago.

Stuart Grainger's 'Creative Ropecraft' is one of my favorite knot books. It's been my 'go to' book for learning the simpler Turk's Head knots and refreshing my memory when I want to tie one.

11 comments:

danielgreen said...

hey SD another job well done.

hey have you ever done a monkeys fist im guessing you have but i just havent seen it if you do could give me a link so i can see how to make one?

Stormdrane said...

I've made a couple monkey's fists. Look thru my 'Older posts'(link at bottom of each page) or search thru the 'Blog Archive' in the sidebar.

I've put up a few tutorials on YouTube, including one for the monkey's fist and others have done so too.

You might find a couple more tutorials on the 'instructables' and 'KHWW' websites...

Nawa said...

And we all know how important it is that we be able to find our flask in the dark.

Stormdrane said...

I'll test it out while watching meteor showers.

Turning on a flashlight(other than a red bulb/LED light), to look for something in the dark, is a no-no for good night vision since it can take a good hour for human eyes to fully acclimate to the dark. :)

Anonymous said...

Just leaving a general comment. Your blog is great! After hundreds of frustrated attempts at a TH, I bought Stu Grainger's book upon your suggestion. I pulled off my first Turk's Head within days. I have one question as of now, where can a find Type I paracord (the thinner stuff) that isn't drab green?

Stormdrane said...

The Supply Captain has the 'Type I' paracord in black, brown, foliage, and white besides the olive green color.

You can also call R&W The Rope Warehouse((800) 260-8599) and tell them what you're looking for in a smaller sized cord(Handy Hundred cord) and they should be able to help you out too.

Bill Donovan said...

nice, glow in the dark. I need to get some rope to start tying some knots.

Grayson said...

Hi Stormdrane! I love you site and have learned so much! You even helped me raise money for our local Heart Walk! Thanks!
Anyway, stupid question, how do you keep the TH from sliding off? I put some very, very simple ones on my hiking staff and put a simple knot through holes I'd drilled at the top and bottom. The knot is VERY tight and probably wouldn't slip but I'm curious as to how it doesn't slip off stuff like the flask or the pens.

Stormdrane said...

For some things, like the hiking staff and pens, making the longer turks head knots as tight as possible keeps them from sliding off. I've gotten them tight to where they just won't budge.

The smaller turks heads cover less area, meaning less friction to keep 'em in place. So for those, X-Treme tape(has a rubbery texture) or grip tape(baseball bat tape/tennis racket tape) put around the object first, then the knot is tightened over it and it'll hold more secure.

Dark said...

Hi there! Your blog is very informative and I've learned a lot here. Thank you posting all this info.

I do have one question though, what are you referring to when you say "Six Lead Five Bight Turk's Head Knot with 4 passes"? I'm not entirely sure what the difference is between a lead and a bight. 4 passes means that it goes around 4 times yes?

Thanks!

Stormdrane said...

Here's a link, from the KHWW website(Knots 101), that can explain it much better than I can. :)