What Is Lynch Knot

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What Is Lynch Knot
What Is Lynch Knot

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The nodes are used daily. However, modern man knows much less about nodes than his ancestor. The very first knots that the layman is able to list are straight, bow, tie and Lynch, which has earned itself a very ambiguous fame.

Lynch knot tying scheme
Lynch knot tying scheme

Lynch Knot History

In order to understand what the lynch knot is, how it appeared and why it is so named, it is necessary to delve into English history.

The Lynch Knot or Lynch Loop, as it is also called, appeared a long time ago, but its original name was lost and therefore unknown. This knot was used in seaworthy for attaching tackle and was a strong, evenly tightening loop.

In those days, the death penalty was practiced, namely, chopping off the head. These executions were carried out manually and therefore were not always successful. Often the execution turned into a mockery of the person being executed. The executioner Jack Ketch, who served the English kings Charles II and James II from 1663 to 1686, was especially famous. He was distinguished by his inability and often thoughtful sadism in the execution of the sentence. This is what prompted the authorities to search for new types and devices for more humane executions.

This is how the gallows appeared, and the knot that was used for hanging was borrowed from maritime practice. So he got his first name that has survived to this day - gallows. Otherwise, it is also called the scaffold.

This knot became a lynch knot two centuries later, in the late 1860s, when in America, during the Civil War, freed slaves began to take revenge on their former masters. A slave who raised his hand against a white man was executed by hanging on the spot, without trial or investigation. This hasty massacre came to be called the lynching trial. According to one version, the name originated in honor of the American judge Charles Lynch, who practiced hanging in the Revolutionary War. On the other - it was formed from the name of Captain William Lynch, who introduced the "Lynch Law" on extrajudicial corporal punishment. For the sake of justice, it is worth noting that in this law of 1780, not a word was said about the death penalty. However, when hanging, the same nautical knot was used, which this time began to be called the lynch knot.


The lynch knot is widely used in the maritime industry. They temporarily attach a cable to objects floating in the water. Or they use it when throwing on and attaching a cable to any object on the shore.

In addition, it can be used in fishing to connect line and tackle, as well as a throwing weight.

The lynch knot is very reliable as the end of the rope cannot slip out of the loop if it looses.

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