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KnotBone by Nite Ize for the knot-impaired

Posted March 30, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
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There’s something about a good, hand-tied knot. Call it craftsmanship, call it old-fashioned.

But the other day this plastic rig called the KnotBone arrived in my mailbox from the folks at Nite Ize Innovation that has me almost convinced that I should chuck the old knots and throw a few of these bones into my kit bag. They’re designed to replace that hassle of tying knots for those who are knot-impaired, but I could become a believer.

Here’s what Nite Ize has to say about the KnotBone: “Any time you need a loop that securely anchors a line, any time you want to connect one length of cord to another to extend your line, any time you want to put the cord in a circle and secure it, the KnotBone does it with a simple wrap-and-lock principle that keeps the connection fixed. No more tying and retying, no more worry that the knot will slip or loosen — and, because it’s as easy to undo as it is to secure, no more wasted time struggling to untie knots that have pulled tight.”

It comes in a size to fit cord sizes 2 mm-3.5 mm and has a weight rating of 25 pounds.

The company also makes the heftier KnotBone Replacement, which is similar to the KnotBone with the addition of a through-hole on one end for inserting a fixed anchor and a small hook on the other end for holding the end of a loop to permit you to fasten the loop around a bar, such as your roof rack. With this unit you can form an anchor loop, rope connector, single rope loop and fixed loop without having to tie a knot.

It comes in size 6 ($5.49) that fits 6 mm or ¼-inch cords and has a 75-pound (34 kg) weight rating, and a size 9 ($7.49) that fits 9 mm or ?-inch cords with a 175-pound (80 kg) weight rating.

Now about that square knot, was it left over right and right over left, or was it right over left, left over right? Or did the snake come out of the pond and wrap around the tree from the back for the bowline? Or was it two overhand knots back to back for the fisherman’s knot? Or was that the trucker’s hitch?

Go to niteize.com for more information.

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