It's not complicated to learn how to tie a nail knot, that is if one has the right tools and instruction guide. The name "nail knot" comes from the tool used to tie the knot: a nail. But many have found that a tube, such as a pencil or pen cover, can be used as well. Nail knots are only as strong as one allows them to be by making sure that, when the wrapping is complete, the rope or string is snug and tight during the final step. Nail knots are used for various outdoor activities, such as climbing, camping and fishing. Climbers need a strong rope connection. Campers run out of rope when anchoring tents and nail knots can assist. Fishermen use nail knots to attach lures, lengthen lines or for other uses. Nail knots prove valuable to anyone in need of attaching two ropes or strings together tightly. We will begin with the tools needed for tying the nail knot.
To tie a nail knot, you will need:
- One long nail or tube
- Rope or string
- Parallel alignment. Place the long nail or tube in the middle, parallel to the rope or string set on both sides of the nail. One should be at the north side and another at the south side of the nail.
Leading the tie. Beginning at the right, grab the end of the rope or string from the south side of the nail or tube and wrap it around both nail and rope, not individually. An example would be wrapping something around two fingers instead of one. The trick when wrapping a nail knot is to wrap the rope or string backwards, back from where it came, from right to left.
- Wrap it around. Wrap the nail and north side rope or string around and around, but not twice in one spot. Do not allow the rope or string to cover an already wrapped portion; simply continue to the next round.
- The end of the wrap. Once you've wrapped the entire north side rope or string and nail, take the long remainder of the rope or string, used as the wrap leader, and push it through the space between both north side and south side rope or string, then guide the rope or string through along the nail that is in the center until it comes out the other side. You will not have to move the nail during this process; use it as a guide.
- That's a wrap! Once tugging and making sure that the wrapped rope or string is snug and tight to your satisfaction, remove the long nail. What you'll find are two ropes or strings tied together by a nail knot with each rope or string coming from its own direction. That's a nail knot wrap!