No matter what line storage device you use or the line you choose to fly your kite on, it won’t be stronger than the weakest link……. the KNOTS. You have to learn the knots for your intended use and the line you are tying it in.

There are lots of knots that you should have in your “tool box” and you should also have the ability to choose carefully which knot to use in which situation.

When choosing a knot, look for knots that have a high relative strength. Many common knots actually reduce the breaking strength of the system by 50% or more!!!!

The kite buildier should have several knots in their “tool Box” as there is no single knot that works in all situations. LEARN AS MANY AS YOU CAN!

When discussing knots it is IMPORTANT to understand the terms involved

  • Knot
  • Bend - When two ends of rope are tied together (whether they are from the same rope or from two different ropes) with a single knot, the knot is referred to as a “bend.”
  • Loop
  • Hitch - A “hitch” is often defined as a knot which is used when tying a rope to something. However, a stricter definition is that a hitch has the ability to conform to the size of the object to which it is tied.
  • Capsized - When a knot has inverted and is able to slip.
  • Righted - When a knot is no longer inverted and is not able to slip.

Parts of a line

  • Working end
  • Loop
  • Knee
  • Etc.

The following is a list of some common knots that can be used in kitebuilding. It would be cool, if on each page, there was a demonstration on how to tie it.

The ABOK number refrences the Ashley Book of Knots, which is widely accecpted at the primary refrence for knots. This book however was written before the invetion of most synthetic fibers.

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