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August 6, 2020

Helpful Hints from joeeze: The easiest way to unknot a knot


Lost in the depths of the latter third of the twentieth century is my memory of just how it came to pass that, finding myself frustrated at being unable to unknot a tightly bound knot whose components were so densely packed I couldn't see where each portion of the shoelace or scrub pants waist cord began and left off, I thought to myself, "Why not try a fork?"

Like buttah, a fork tine seemed to make its way right to a place where it could gain purchase and separate, just a tiny bit, two seemingly united parts of the knot, and with gentle coercion all around the knot slipped open like the parting of the waters of the Jordan River.

I've since passed this tip on to peeps but clearly it's still unknown to hoi polloi.

But not to you.

August 6, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


World's smallest marlinspike...the spiky part of a rigger's knife. Don't leave shore without one.


Posted by: Scott | Aug 6, 2020 8:46:35 PM

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