Knots. The most simple purpose for Which a knot is required, is the fastening together of two pieces of string or cord: the knot selected for this purpose should possess two important properties; - it should be secure from slipping, and of small size. Nothing is more common than to see two cords attached together in a manner similar to that shown in Fig. 1. It is scarcely possible to imagine a worse knot; it is large and clumsy, and as the cords do not mutually press each other, it is certain to slip if pulled with any great force. In striking contrast to this - the worst of all, we place one of the best; namely, the knot usually employed by netters, and which is called by sailors "the sheet-bend." It is readily made by bending one of the pieces of cord into a loop {a b, Fig. 2), which is to be held between the finger and thumb of the left hand; the other cord c is passed through the loop from the farther side, then round behind the two legs of the loop, and lastly, under itself, the loose end coming out at d. In the smallness of its size, and the firmness with which the various parts grip together, this knot surpasses every Other : it can, moreover, be tied readily when one of the viz., a b, is exceedingly short, in common stout twine less than an inch being sufficient to form the loop. Of the knot, Fig. 2 is the simplest method to describe, although not the most rapid in practice; as it may he made in much less time by crossing the two ends of cord (a b, Fig. 3; on the tip of the fore-ringer of the left hand, and holding them firmly by the left thumb, which covers the grossing; then the part c is to be wound round the thumb in a loop, as shown in the figure, and passed between the two ends, behind a and before b; the knot is completed by turning the end b downwards in front of d, passing it through the loop, securing it under the left thumb, and tightening the whole by pulling d. As formed in this mode, it is more rapidly made than almost any other knot; and, as before stated, it excels all in security and compactness, so firmly do the various turns grip each other, that after having been tightly pulled, it is very difficult to untie.

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