Blake's Hitch in Arboriculture
Uses: A good knot dependable knot that this author prefers over hitches such as the Prusik and Tautline, due to being less prone to binding. Care should be taken to tie the knot exactly as in the description with a fig 8 stopper knot in place.
The Blakes hitch is tied with a single length of rope, generally approximately 1.5m with a spliced eye one end, known as a split tail. It can however also be tied within a closed system.
Suggested Cordage Size: A Blake's hitch should use the same size cord as the climbing rope.
Pros and Cons: The Blake's hitch is a dependable knot, but one that has not aged as well as other knots in the industry. There are many friction hitches that outperform it. Nevertheless, it is a useful knot to know and one that will prove useful at some point.
Top TIps: Need a second anchor point for a bit of extra balance? The Blake's Hitch can be tied in a closed system using the end of your main climbing line, with no additional hardware needed. A quick fix that can come invaluable.
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