Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Jug Sling

Originally the Jug Sling was used by sailors for the transport of water during water parties ashore.

The knot can hold bottles and jars and never slips, as the knot distributes friction evenly (almost) all the way around the bottle.

I find it to be one of the most versatile and useful knots: I used it for the "advertised" purpose over securing a door knob to securing a cell phone to a kite for Aerial Photography

Oh, and very by the way: I used my Survival Bandana

I choose a very slick bottle with just a diminutive "lip" (or edge) just to
demonstrate how effective this knot is.

Create a bight.

Fold the bight back over itself.

Now you have two loops: Place the right loop over the left.

See this? 

Take this part and....

...place it gently under the left loop.

Then pull it over HERE....

...and pull it UNDER this part.

Almost done!

Take this part...

...and fold it UNDER the entire knot.

Take this part and flip it OVER the knot.

Voila! The Jug Sling!

The knot holds the bottle like a vice.

Now to the endings, I like to use the "bloodknot" for it.
It is a very easy knot to make.

Line the two ends up parallel to each other.

One end up and over.

Behind and down.

Up and...

...IN and down again.

Up, over and in...

And voila! The Blood Knot!

You can adjust the length of a rope/line with this knot.

How it looks when it is finished.

I give it some swings to see if the sling holds.

And it does!
The Jug Sling used in combination with the
Improvised Carrier Rig

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Constrictor Knot

This is the knot I use/like most: It is easy to make and will not loosen once tightened.


 When I was on Bali on a shorter assignment I was told that unfriendly individuals in Djarkarta slip that knot (wet and out of natural fibre) over a persons head, tighten it and just wait until the victim passes out due to pressure on the carotid arteries. (While desperately trying to get the noose off.)
I have not witnessed this myself...or I have and I just can`t remember it (that would explain a lot....).

There are two ways to make the Constrictor Knot: Laid in the hand and around an item.


Create a loop like this, notice how the left end lies over the right end.

Now fold the right half of the loop downward.

Like this. Now you have two halves.

Fold the two halves together like a clam.

Voila: Constrictor Knot!


Posts where I used the Constrictor Knot:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Swedish Candle

What is a Swedish Candle:
It`s an upright standing, large log. Cut into 4-6 equally large pieces. You place those pieces slightly apart from each other and set fire to some kindle in the centre of the log. Short time after that log will burn inside-out, ideal for cooking since you just can put a pot or frying pan on top.
Neighbour did a cracking job!
My neighbor has, for some reason, bought a really nice Husqvarna Chainsaw and was more than willing to show what his new toy can do. So I put him/it to work and had him make me 6 Swedish Candles. ( I was supervising his effort by yelling instructions to him and decimate his beer).

"All you ever need for a good party"
My favourite beer and Silesian Sausages...
`nuff said!

The Paracord Snow Chain

This method is used to increase traction of bicycle (or car) tyres on ice or snow. It works best on bicycles with internal gears, since there are no brakes on the back wheel.
I seen pictures on the internet where people used zip ties/fasteners to get the same result but I have never seen it used in real life..my grandparents however used THIS method quite a lot.
And I trust my grandparents more than I trust some meme on the internet :-)

Start by tying the cord to one of the spokes with a Constrictor Knot.

Push a bight (from right to left) between two spokes.

Lead the long end of your cord OVER the tyre and into the bight.
Make it taut.

Now push the bight from left to right, lead the long end of the cord through and pull.

Do it all the way around your tyre, changing from right/left/right...
or left/right/left....depends on how you started.


Pretty no? The cord can be removed very fast if need be.

Testing: A bike ride around Paprocany Lake.

15 km later: Nearly no tear/wear on the cord even though I
used asphalt roads mostly. Had extremely good traction all the way :-)