A Red Flash Light Dressed In Knots; One Turk’s Head And One Herringbone Knot.


AA flashlight dressed by a Turk's Head and a Herringbone knot.

AA flashlight dressed by a Turk's Head and a Herringbone knot.

A flashlight in the dark, visible only because of the knots.

A flashlight in the dark, visible only because of the knots.

It seemed like it was time for a change of pace, so away we go from bottles to flashlights. This useful little devil is powered by 2 AA batteries. The on/off and focus are handled by turning the belled-out shape on the business end. The knots are there firstly to perform the now infamous duty of making the thing fit my hands better. They also make it easier to operate, and to hold on to in capricious circumstances. They act as a sign of ownership. And maybe fighting it out with improved grip for the primary roll — they make it easier to find the thing in dim light.

I realize the color combination is not the very latest rage in understated classic elegance. I don’t want understated; when I need it quickly in the dark I want to be able to find the demonic thing. There have been times I was sure that it had moved when no one was watching. The reason they make prisoners dress in bright orange is so they can locate them with a glance — samesame him fella bigbig.

The knots on today’s offering to the Gods Of Ropes And Knots are, from the right, light-emitting end:

The bright chartreuse knot is a Herringbone knot of 10 Leads X 8 Bights, done with a single strand of paracord. When I say single strand, I mean it two ways: The passes in this knot are only a single strand. The knot is composed of 2 nested Turk’s Heads of 5 Leads X 4 Bights, but I tied them both with one long uncut strand of paracord. When I get to the finish of the first knot I deflect the lead of the cord beneath the parts of the knot already there, and come up as the first tuck in the interweave. It makes a good knot, but there is that one place where the lead of the cord is not theoretically perfect. If you know what to look for, it is obvious — most people don’t know, and most people don’t spot the change in pattern. If they do, I tell them that like many cultures I don’t dare make a perfect knot lest I anger the Gods. The perfect excuse — I don’t dare try to steal the power and perfection of the Gods, so I did it on purpose.

The barrel of the flashlight is covered by a Turk’s Head of 13 Leads X 4 Bights, doubled in paracord. This is an excellent knot to have in your kit. Like the Turk’s Head of 2 Bights, you can make it as long as you want to, by just extending the pattern. I have made them with only 1 crossing in the first movements, and I have made them with 33 crossings in the first movements. The 33 Lead X 4 Bight Turk’s head, doubled, really changes the looks of a walking stick.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have started a links list about knots and knotting/cordage related stuff. The front door is in the list of pages on the upper right of this blog. Like the rest of the things I do here I am very open to suggestions. It is starting out a little bare, but I am populating it as I visit sites to make a last review before posting a link. This means you can have a lot of input into how it grows — sing out.

Thank you for coming by my site. It is nice seeing you at the parade of knots. Come back again; wave if you spot me:

William

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