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Basic Survival Skills

Figure Eight Variations

There are many variations of the figure eight.  We will show you three of the most common.

Tying an eye in a line through an object such as a ring or a bar that is anchored to a wall on both ends.  (Sometimes referred to as  a Belgian Bend)
Joining two lines together of equal or differing sizes.  (also referred to as a Belgian Bend)
The sheet bend, also used for joining two lines of any size, is faster and less combersome.
Putting an eye or tie point in the middle of a line.  (Figure eight on a bight)
Climber's version for a tie point (faster and easier than a figure eight on a bight).
Basic terms used in our knot tying instructions explained here
How To Tie The Most Common Figure Eight Variations:
For an eye tied through a ring:
Make a loose figure eight leaving a long bitter end.
Bring the bitter end through the ring
Retrace the figure eight back through itself.
Snug it up and the knot is complete.
Tie a loose figure eight, but do not leave a long bitter end.
Trace the bitter end of the other line back through this figure eight so the bitter ends are on opposite sides of the knot.
Grasp all lines on each side of the knot and draw them up tight.
To join two lines:
Figure Eight Variation
To create a tie point in the middle of a line:
Take a large bight where you want the tie point.
Tie a figure eight with that bight (you are basically just doubling up your line and tying a figure eight).
Climber's variation of the figure eight for a tie point:
Orient the line up and down rather than side to side.
Form a large sideways "S" with the line
Using the upper loop of the 's' go around the standing part
Tuck the bight through the lower loop
Draw it tight and the knot is complete.
As you can see, the figure eight and its variations are very versatile with a variety of uses whether extending your rope, putting an eye in a line or as a stopper on the end.  These variations are both secure and will not bind, well worth the effort to learn.
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