Följande artikel är hämtad ur skriften Knotting Matters, Issue No. 53, Summer - July 1996, utgiven av The International Guild of Knot Tyers - IGKT.


THE NENTSY KNOTS

by Rolf Kvicklund - Karlsborg - Sweden

How to handle rope and knotting outdoors when the temperature is below 50 centigrade?

It´s an essential question for the Nentsy, a reindeer keeping people, living in Siberia at the mouth of the River Jenisej. Nomad life demands rope and knots, but how to tie and untie when the cold gets your hands frost-bitten in a moment?

Preferably the handling may be done with your gloves on, or by momentarily streching your finger out through a narrow gap in your gloves. In the booklet Forntida Teknik/ Ancient Technics #2/1990 Tomas Johansson describes two knots he learnt when he visited the Nentsy. The first one is a type of a slipped Figure Eight Noose. The second one is a slipped Loop Knot with an appearance like a Sheet Bend. I cannot find them in any book available to me. I haven´t used the knots enough to say anything about their reliability, but they are used in real life under hard conditions so they must be secure, I think.

HOW TO TIE THE NOOSE

1 Put the standing part in your left palm under the thumb, palm up. Place the bight around the object and the end one turn around your fingers of your left hand.

2 Turn your left hand to the top of the bight and grasp the end between your index and middle fingers.

3 Withdraw your left hand, bringing the end back forming a loop for the slip function.

HOW TO TIE THE LOOP

1 Take the standing part in your left hand, the bight around the object and the end in your right hand, from underneath, between your thumb and your fingers.

2 Put the standing part on your forefinger and your thumb and make a turn around your fingers.

Here comes a troublesome passage, both to explain and to execute. T Johansson says that only the forefinger is to be used, but I prefer using my index and middle fingers together.

3 Keep control of the end with your thumb and your ring finger. Turn your forefinger and your middle finger forward and out between the strands that form the bight (the loop to be), over the strand, bringing the part on the front side of your fingers along, and catch the end. Withdraw your right hand, form the loop for the slip function and complete the knot.


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