Hunter's hartebeest

Hunter's bend

The Hunter's bend (aka Rigger's bend) is a knot used to join two lines. It consists of interlocking overhand knots, and can jam under moderate strain. It is topologically similar to the Zeppelin bend.


Hunter's bend is one of the most recent knots to be discovered. It appeared on the front page of The Times in 1978 and was credited to Dr. Edward Hunter. Dr. Hunter used it for years to tie broken shoelaces before discovering its originality through a friend in the 1970s. When it appeared on the front page, it led to much publicity for the knot and also to the foundation of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. However, the knot was presented in Knots for Mountaineering by Phil Smith ca. 1956.

When the International Guild of Knot Tyers assisted with revisions and corrections to The Ashley Book of Knots in 1979, Hunter's bend (ABOK #1425A) was one of the additions.


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