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How to Tie a Figure 8 Knot & Figure 8 Stopper Knot

Whether you are new to the knot-tying world or simply need to master the art of Figure 8 knot tying for your next adventure, SGT KNOTS has the best rope for tying Figure 8 knots and the Knot Tutorials to show you exactly how it is done!  Today, we will walk you through what a Figure 8 knot is, where the Figure 8 knot is most commonly used, the best types of Rope for tying the Figure 8 knot, and how to tie a Figure 8 knot like a pro.  Let us dive in!

What is the Figure 8 Knot?

Also commonly referred to as the Flemish Bend, the Figure 8 knot is a versatile stopper knot most often used in sailing and rock climbing as a method of stopping ropes from running out of retaining devices or used for attaching ropes to anchor points.  A Figure 8 knot is one of the easiest knots to learn and is considered one of 20 essential knots to know.

Like the overhand knot, the Figure 8 stopper knot will jam under strain, often requiring the rope to be cut.  However, it can typically be easier to undo when compared to the overhand knot. 

The Figure 8 stopper knot is much easier to untie than the overhand as does not have the same tendency to jam and injure the fiber.  It is also larger, stronger, and equally secure, easy to inspect and make sure the knot is tied correctly.  This knot will be bigger than an overhand knot, but considering it is easier to undo after use, the larger size is welcome.

How to Tie a Figure 8 Knot

Step 1:  Form a Figure 8 with your rope or cord.

Step 2:  Pass the tail through the loop.

Step 3:  Pull tight to complete!

The video tutorial above shows you how to tie a Figure 8 knot using SGT KNOTS 1/4’’ Inch Utility Rope.

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The downloadable image above shows you how to tie a Figure 8 knot using SGT KNOTS Solid Braid Nylon Rope.

Best Ropes for Tying a Figure 8 Knot

Tying a Figure 8 stopper knot is best done with Climbing Ropes like Static Rope and Dynamic Ropes, or Sailing and Marine Ropes like the Nylon Rope used in the image tutorial.  SGT KNOTS has an incredible selection of durable, all-weather, long-lasting ropes perfect for tying all sorts of knots, including the Figure 8 stopper knot.  No matter what your rope or knot tying needs are, we are confident we have the ideal rope and Cord products you need!

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