Figure 8

(Also known as the figure-of-eight and in its loose form-see step 3- it is the symbol of interwoven affection)

This is a popular and easy to tie termination knot. The knot is easier to untie after loading than an overhand knot because of the more gentle curves but not nearly as easy to untie as a bowline. It is a good termination knot because of the gentle curves that de-rate the rope strength less than the bowline.

1. Make a loop.

2. Bring the running end around the standing part.

3. Feed the running end through the loop.

4. Pull to tighten the knot.

5. Dress and set the knot.

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