Axle hitch

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Category Hitch
Related Bowline
Typical use attaching a line to a relatively inaccessible object, such as a vehicle axle
ABoK #162, #1850

The axle hitch is used to tie a hitch in a hard-to-reach place, or for extra security by having a double hold on an object. Once the initial bight is passed around the object, the rest of the knot can be completed out away from the cramped location.[1] The knot is finished with a bowline knot or other reliable knot that connects the working end to the standing part.[2]

It provides distributed strength and is useful when a shock load needs to be spread along an anchor point, since it provides four lines distributed across two points, in which case a double bowline or water bowline should be used as the security knot.[citation needed]

See also


  1. Brion Toss (1998). The Complete Rigger's Apprentice. Camden: International Marine. p. 56. 
  2. Ashley, Clifford W. (1944), The Ashley Book of Knots, New York: Doubleday, p. 33