- Aug 2, 2020
Bends are very cool knots intended to connect two different ropes. Sometimes bends connect two ropes of the same type, but other times they connect two very different types of ropes. I've got a bunch of bends to show you, so sit tight.
For today's bend, I've got the Flemish. Flemish bend that is. This is a knot that has fallen out of favor with those who have used it to tie natural fiber ropes because when tightened, those people would have difficulty untying it, which is one characteristic that bends enjoy. They're meant to be untied. When it comes to synthetic ropes though, this is a great knot. It ties well, is plainly visible to see if it's been tied correctly, and it just looks good. It's got a cool name too. Plus, it does a great job connecting the two ropes, which is why climbers enjoy this one so much.
To tie this knot, start off with a loop in one end of one of your ropes.
Next, pinch where you crossed the rope to keep it securely in place and then twist the loop over once. In my case, I twisted it counter clockwise because I had originally placed the working end over the standing part.
Then, take the working end of the rope and feed it under the loop and then through. You'll see that your knot looks like a figure eight.
That's pretty easy so far. That's actually half the knot!
To continue on, you basically want to introduce the second rope to the knot and then trace the first knot with the second. Here I am bringing the second rope into the fray.
After feeding the black rope through the bend in the orange rope, I continued feeding the black rope along the orange rope. Take a look.
It's at this point you should neaten up the ropes as best as possible. Notice how I have my knot fairly flat.
To tighten the knot, simply pull the working ends and then the standing parts away from one another. Do this slowly as to not disturb the knot.
Above is the classic Flemish bend knot. After tightening it some more, this is what it looks like.