Figure 8 Stopper Knot

Figure 8 Stopper Knot

The figure-eight knot is a type of stopper knot. It is very important in both sailing and rock climbing as a method of stopping ropes from running out of retaining devices. Like the overhand knot, which will jam under strain, often requiring the rope to be cut, the figure-of-eight will also jam, but is usually more easily undone than the overhand knot.

The figure-eight is much easier to untie than the overhand, it does not have the same tendency to jam and so injure the fiber, and is larger, stronger, and equally secure.

The steps are laid out in the video as well as a downloadable image below:


The rope we used in the video is ¼" Utility Rope (Royal Blue): a basic, affordable, all-purpose and all-weather rope.

figure 8 knot steps

The rope we used in the image tutorial is ReadyGear Solid Braid Nylon Rope

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