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How to Tie a Buntline Hitch Knot

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by Bob Jackson

The Buntline Hitch is a knot is used in the Rope Tree Swing project to fasten the rope from the tree branch to the chain link. This is a very secure knot that is not easily undone.

The rope used in this example is 5/8 inch diameter braided polypropylene.

Buntline Hitch Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Tuck the rope into the metal link. Take a moment and confirm the orientation is correct as shown – it’s easy to start off backwards here.

Buntline Hitch - Step 1
Buntline Hitch – Step 1

Step 2 – Wrap working end of the rope around the standing part as shown.

Buntline Hitch - Step 2
Buntline Hitch – Step 2

Step 3 – Form a Figure 8.

Buntline Hitch - Step 3
Buntline Hitch – Step 3

Step 4 – Tuck the working end of the rope through the bottom of the Figure 8 to make a Half-Hitch knot.

Buntline Hitch - Step 4
Buntline Hitch – Step 4

Step 5 – Bring the working end back and tuck it through as shown to tie a 2nd Half-Hitch.

Buntline Hitch - Step 5
Buntline Hitch – Step 5

Step 6 – Progress thus far: two Half-Hitches.

Buntline Hitch - Step 6
Buntline Hitch – Step 6

Step 7 – Pull the rope tight to cinch up the knot.

Buntline Hitch - Step 7
Buntline Hitch – Step 7

Step 8 – Lay the working end of the rope to the right.

Buntline Hitch - Step 8
Buntline Hitch – Step 8

Step 9 – For extra security, tie a third Half-Hitch Knot and pull tight.

Buntline Hitch - Step 9
Buntline Hitch – Step 9

Completed Buntline Hitch Knot with an Extra Half-Hitch

Buntline Hitch with Extra Half-Hitch Knot
Buntline Hitch with Extra Half-Hitch Knot

Take care,

Bob Jackson

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