How to Tie a Honda Knot

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A honda knot is most commonly used to create the loop in a lasso. The honda’s loop knot allows it to slide freely along the rope on which it is tied, making it a common and handy tool for many of the tasks involved with handling ranch work and rodeo events. The honda knot is a simple knot to tie, but because it is used as a slip knot, it must be doubly secured on either of its ends. Here’s how to tie a honda knot.


Step 1

Tie off the ends of your rope. A honda knot has an adjustable loop, so the ends of your rope must be tied off in order to ensure that the knot doesn’t slide out when pressure is applied. For now, secure the ends with a simple overhand knot. You can see directions on how to tie an overhand or “thumb knot” at the bottom of this page, but an overhand knot is the most basic of all knots; the knot you tie almost automatically when you tie a knot.

Step 2

Begin to tie your honda knot. Begin your knot by tying a simple overhand knot into the center of the rope, but do not tighten this knot. Let the overhand knot stay loose so that you can see the loop it has formed.

Step 3

Lace your honda loop. With the top of the overhand knot facing away from you, take the left tail end of your rope and curl it back through the loop that you created in Step 2. Do not go under the whole knot, but instead, lace your tail rope between the crossover which forms the overhand knot. The new loop you are making will be your honda loop or lasso.

Step 4

Pull the knot snug. Taking the left loop and the bottom rope tail, pull gently in opposite directions. While you’re tightening your honda knot, you will also need to simultaneously push the knot toward the loop. This can be tricky so be patient. You will need to adjust it slightly so that the top of your knot has an unobstructed parallel rope line.

Tips and Warnings

Make sure the ends are knotted and secured or the tail used to create the honda loop will slip out when pressure is applied.

Things You'll Need

Ribbon (for practice), Strong rope (for actual use)

About this Author

Based in New York, Jillian Downer has been writing travel, fashion, and active lifestyle articles since 2004. Her work has appeared in "Travel + Leisure," "Outside Magazine," "Women's Health," "Footwear News," and "US News & World Report." Downer holds a Master of Arts in comparative literature from New York University.

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