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Is it possible to create a knot that is stable/locked when the rope is stretched? When the tension is relived the knot should open.

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  • $\begingroup$ Would a lariat loop suffice? $\endgroup$ – Bass Apr 16 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ For two ropes tied together? Or a single rope? Seems like any knot in any single rope fits this if the rope material is smooth enough for it to happen in any one case - no rope knot is stable/locked without tension, just a tangled rope. Tension forms the knot initially and tension between the touching surfaces of the rope maintains it/keeps it stable. TL;DR; Please clarify, I'm confused $\endgroup$ – TCooper Apr 16 at 19:55
  • $\begingroup$ Would a Prusik Loop work? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prusik This needs two ropes though. $\endgroup$ – UnidentifiedX Apr 17 at 0:30
  • $\begingroup$ Sheepshank? $\endgroup$ – Jaap Scherphuis Apr 17 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ The mariners use the bowline knot. It is easy to info it when it is not in tension. $\endgroup$ – Alain Remillard Apr 17 at 16:46

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