Of course, for nylon or polyester lines there is also the old
kite-maker's trick of melting the frayed end with a flame. The gas stove
lighter can come in handy for this.
Knowing your knots is particularly handy if you make your own kites at home...
Another handy use for the Simple knot is to fine-tune the amount of bow
in a horizontal spar. Wait, I'll explain! The MBK kite designs use
fixed-length toggled bow-lines to put some curvature in horizontal
spars. To increase the amount of curvature, you can put knots in
the lines. One at a time, until the amount of bow is where you like it.
Actually, it's surprising how much difference just one knot makes!
I tried using this knot to prevent Slip knots from pulling
through, but it's not really big enough. More recently, I have been using the Double knot instead - which is much bigger but far neater-looking than the small Loop knots I used to use! As long as you don't leave too much line hanging free from the knot.
Oh yes, one more situation... The shoe-lace ties used by the kites in the Dowel Series fray
really badly where cut with scissors. A tight knot near the cut
end of the shoe-lace will stop the fray from getting worse.
Quick, easy and effective. The specified length to make the ties takes this shortening of the tie into account.
The Simple Knot - Multi-Strand
The main use for the Multi Strand Simple knot in an MBK kite is tying off the lines that have been taped to either side of a plastic keel. The nice thing about a double-line knot is that you can adjust it to an exact position along the line, before you tighten it fully. It takes some practice, but it feels good when mastered!
With a little care, this is a great knot to use along the edge of
the keel that touches the vertical spar of a kite...
If the knot is
adjusted too far one way, you'll crush the keel edge out of shape. Too
far the other way, and there will be an untidy gap between the keel edge
and the vertical spar when you finally attach the keel to the spar with
This knot is also handy at the Towing Point corner of a keel, defining the spot through which the flying line tension acts.
Don't forget to have a look at all my kite designs...
The Big MBK Book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.