> When comparing two knots, the advantages and disadvantages are often
> different depending on the application one considers. I wonder if
> one can really compare knots without defining application. How did
> Budworth and Dalton test the knots (I have not seen their book)?
I was wondering the same. There seems to be no reference to
application. One of modern uses for the sheet bend is in improvising a
chest harness to prevent an injured climber from inverting when being
lowered off. Couldn't use the hunters bend for that; at least not so
Not sure you can tie two lines of unequal diameter with a hunters'
bend, either: you can with a sheet bend - although it's best to add a
turn and stopper it.
Someone made reference to reef knots. Very good for reefing sails!
Easy to tie when you're under pressure, which is likely if you're
having to put a reef in afloat: obvious when you get it wrong, and
I've never seen them slip whilst kept under tension - which, of course
they will be whilst sailing.
And, of course, the bow that you tie your shoe laces with...is a reef
knot that's been slipped so you can undo it with a single pull.