Captured Overhand Cuff [Level 1]

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This tie is the best general-purpose solution I've yet to find for when you need to add a limb into a rope that is already attached to something. It has some of the best attributes of both the Reverse Somerville Bowline and the Slipped Overhand Cuff, while being faster and easier to tie than either of them -- and far, far more secure than the Double Half Hitch method.

Here it is used to tie two wrists behind the back:

To tie an ankle to the chest under tension:

And this is a slightly modified version, for gunslinger-style leg loops (or other situations where you are coming into the cuff parallel to the limb):

The inspiration for this tie came from Tracker's work posted in this video -- indeed I'd say he got about 3/4 of the way there, and I just added a slight insight from my CTK research to make the final product a bit more secure; so Tracker deserves the bulk of the credit for this breakthrough.


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    LazDaka | Nov 24th, 2015 9:11pm PST #

    On the gunslinger tie... why even have the initial overhand knot? If I leave the knot out and still put tension with the direction reversal, both ends still end up stable.

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      Topologist | Nov 30th, 2015 7:32pm PST #

      I'm not sure whether I totally understand what you mean, but if the overhand knot were left out tension on the stem would tighten the first wrap instead of pulling the whole cuff. That would normally be solved by going back up to the harness after completing the cuff, but sometimes you might want to continue down the leg instead of tying back up to the harness, which is mainly when this would be useful in a gunslinger type design.

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      dmkaiser | Apr 28th, 2017 3:37am PDT #

      Is it possible to do this tie as a double column tie? Wrapping the working end between the columns before wrapping around the knot and finishing off with a half-hitch?

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