Knot tying is a key skill to know in a survival situation. However, there are likely to be quite a few people who do not know even the most basic of survival knots. This could be because they find it a tedious thing to learn, or it could just be that it can be difficult and frustrating at times.
If you find yourself in a survival situation, being able to tie a strong knot will make your life much easier. From shelter building to snare making, the list of tasks that your survival knots are useful for is endless. With that in mind, now is a good time to practice your knot tying skills.
The Real Survivalists thinks that these 5 survival knots are the basics you should learn to help you out in a survival situation:
Square Knot (Reef Knot)
This is a quick and simple knot. It can come loose though so you need to be careful what you use it for. Tying firewood into a bundle or tying two pieces of rope together to make a longer piece for shelter building etc are perfect uses for the square knot.
Clove Hitch Knot
This is the knot you will use if you are lashing something together e.g. wood for a shelter. It is also used as a climbing knot. It is best tied in the middle of a rope as it works best with tension being applied from both sides of the knot.
One issue with this knot is that it can sometimes slip as it is only a basic anchor knot. However its pros more than outweigh the cons.
This is a fantastic knot that will not slip even if it is not fully tightened. You could use it for securing animals as it will not slip. It can also be used for hanging your food from a high branch to keep it out of reach of predators. Although primarily used to secure a boat to a dock, like the clove hitch, the bowline is a climbing knot but is seen as a more advanced knot.
Taut Line Hitch Knot
This is an adjustable knot which makes it perfect for a tarp shelter or for anchoring a tent in place. It is very easy to adjust and re-tighten so it is also useful for tying things to your kit bag.
Figure 8 Knot
This is an important knot to know as this will be a ‘stopper’ knot on the end of your rope to stop it from slipping completely. It is usually very quick to tie and untie. This is great for when you need to get things done in a hurry. This knot will sometimes be a base knot for more advanced knots used during climbing.
Make sure you do plenty of research into the correct way of tying each of these survival knots. Some are more challenging than others so take your time and practice as much as you need to. You do not want your first time tying one of these survival knots to be in a real life survival situation.