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How to tie a 5 Strand Turk's Head Knot

5 Strand Turk

How to tie a 5 Strand Turk's Head Knot

 

Below is a picture of the finished knot. It's about 1" in diameter and has a marble inside.

 

 

Start with about 8 feet of 1/8" nylon line.

Loop around fingers. Position of line is important.

(I usually use only two fingers but am using three here for clarity.)

First loop viewed from back of hand.

This pass goes over the starting line.

Line now goes parallel to first pass.

Coming up from the bottom, go over line as shown.

Line goes under and then over this pass.

Leave it a little loose as you'll need room later on.

The working end comes from the far left now and then goes under

 and then over, passing to far right at the top.

Making sure line is looped to the far right still, pass it over, under

and over again as shown, and end at the far left side.

Do not attempt to take up any slack yet.

Starting from the far left, pass line over, under and over as shown,

again ending up on far right of existing loops.

Pass line under and over as shown.

Again pass line under and over as shown.

Pass line under as shown, next to the beginning of the line.

You've now complete the first pass of the knot. It should now

be over, under, over, under at all points. From here simply

follow the first pass two or three times.

How it should look after two complete passes.

How it should look after two complete passes.

How it should look after three complete passes.

How it should look after three complete passes.

At this point you start taking up the slack. This is a time

consuming and tedious task. Once you get it down to around

just one finger, you'll want to insert a marble. The job is made

easier by the use of a marlin spike.

The finished product.

 

This one has four passes and is about 1 1/2" in diameter.

While this is a very decorative knot, it does have a very practical purpose. I was taught how to tie this by a Retired Chief Petty Officer, US Navy. He also told me this type of knot is tied to a heaving line, which is tied to a mooring rope. The end with the knot is used to throw the line to someone on the dock, who then pulls in the mooring line. They would use heavier inserts, like steel ball bearings or lead, instead of a marble, which would allow it to be tossed farther.

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