Reef-Knots. The only precaution necessary in making a reef-knot is, to observe that the two parts of each string are on the same side of the loop; if they are not, the ends (and the bows, if any are formed) are at right angles to the cords; the knot is less secure, and is termed by sailors a granny-knot. Other knots are occasionally used to connect two cords, but it is unnecessary here to describe them, as every useful purpose may be answered by those already mentioned.

The Binding - Knots (Figs. 5 and 6) are exceedingly useful in connecting broken sticks, rods, etc, but some difficulty is often experienced in fastening it at the finish; if, however, the string is placed over the part to be united, as shown in Fig. 5, and the long end b, used to bind around the rod, and finally passed through the loop a, as shown in Fig. 6, it is rea-dily secured by pulling d, when the loop is drawn, in, and fastens the end of the cord.

Reef Knots 4

Fig. 4.

Reef Knots 5

Fig. 6.

Fig. 5.