Glossary of technical words
Avec un glossaire
I like to put some precision in my reports and I therefore frequently
use some technical words related to knot-making. These words can be difficult
to understand and I have decided to give here a short description. It is
not intended as a how-to-make-them page though. I just wanted that you
could understand the utility and the look of each knot. If you want to
learn how to tie them, you can find them in any good seaman or scout manual.
Vous trouverez le glossaire
français-anglais au bas de cette page.
Anchorage knot (Noeud
d'ancrage): This the only specific human-bondage knot I know. It is a variant
of the bowline knot (cf. this knot) in which the loop is replaced by several
loops passing in the same knot. You can tie the loops around one of your
limbs and tie the other end of the rope with a simple bowline knot to a
piece of heavy furniture. The advantage of this knot is that it doesn't
tighten under traction; thus you can adjust the tightness at the
beginning of the scenario and it will keep it until its end how fiercely
you thrash in your bonds. Another advantage is that it spreads the pressure
over a large area (the one covered by the whole set of loops); it is thus
more comfortable and less susceptible to cause sleeping limbs. (see fig.
Fig. 0: Anchorage knot
Bowline knot (Noeud
de chaise): It is the most efficient way to tie a loop. With this knot
you are sure that the loop will neither get looser nor tighter and it will
be easily untied at the end of the scenario. It is the knot that seamen
most frequently use and you will easily find how to tie it. I use it to
tie a rope to a solid object (bed foot, furniture, heater, etc.), or to
tie a loop around some part of my body (but in this case I prefer to use
a special variant of the bowline knot (see "anchorage knot").
The most efficient and elegant way to tie two limbs together in parallel.
You begin by wrapping a few coils around them leaving some slack, then
you wrap several new coils around the first coils, just between the limbs,
finishing by a square knot. This way, you can spread the pressure on a
larger skin area and can finely adjust the tightness of the bond. (See
On the Lillan's nexus,
you will find a way to tie a cinch on your wrists yourself; this particular
cinch is made of two separate strands but the final effect and look is
alike. I shall refer to this one as the (Lillan's)
self-cinch (see fig. 4).
Fig.1: The upper bond is a coils, the two lower (ankles and toes)
Coils (Tours morts): A simple mean to tie
two limbs in parallel: The rope is simply wrapped around them several (it
could be a many) times, tightened and tied fith a square knot. You cans
as well make a "decorative" coils by wrapping them around a single object.
Cross cinch (Brélage):
I don't know the exact english name of this knot (I would be interested
to learn it). It is used to tie two crossed limbs together. It is made
of a first set of coils in one plane followed by a second set wrapped in
the perpendicular plane to the first; a square knot complete the whole
thing (See fig. 2).
Fig. 2: Her ankles are tied together with a cross-cinch. Remark
too the decorative coils that connect her ankles to her waist.
Hangman knot or hanging
knot (Noeud de pendu): This beautiful knot you can see in most western
movies used to hang peoples to the trees (see fig. 3).
I don't use it likewise though. In fact, I rarely use it, but what I like
in this knot is that, if it is thightly made, the loop can be shortened
simply by pulling on it but is the very difficult to reopen. It is why
it can be dangerous too, if you have no other mean to free yourself. Use
it cautiously. It is at the base of the Lillan's self cinch (cf. "cinch")
Fig. 3: The hangman knot (the one around the neck of this poor girl)
(Auto-velture de Lillan): See "cinch" and fig. 4.
Fig. 4: The Lillan's self cinch
See "cinch" and fig. 4.
Square knot (Noeud plat): The simplest
knot. The first you have learnt. It is used to tie two strands together.
Well made, it is easy to tie and to untie.
Tent knot (Noeud de tente): It is also
known as the Bow-rope knot (Noeud de corde
d'arc) Originally, this knot is conceived to tighten stays like those of
a tent when you don't have a pulley or any other proper tool. You can imagine
it like a slip knot but here the knot doesn't move when the loop is shortened;
to shorten the loop, you have to pull on the end of the strand exiting
of the knot. By closing the loop, you shorten the stay and what is very
useful is that this knot cannot be loosened while under tension. Thus you
can easily shorten any rope while you are self-bonded. I find it better
than the rings system described in Lillan's
nexus but it has the same effect. The Tent-knot is very easy to do
(but difficult to explain; see the fig.5): make a half-knot
(the rope is knoted on itself in the most simple manner); this half-knot
with work as a pulley, thus place it accordingly. Loop the end of the rope
and pass it inside the lower part of the half-knot, just under the point
where it was just going out, in the same direction. Tighten the half-knot.
By pulling on the free end, you can close the loop, but the loop will not
reopen if you pull at it, at least is the strands of the loop are parallel,
I mean if the loop looks like a doubled rope. You can hook anything in
the loop and by pulling on the free end, you will take away any slack.
Fig.5: How to make a Tent-knot
Je ne vais pas ici donner une définition
de tous ces termes. Je vais simplement vous donner la correspondance français-anglais
de tous les termes définis ci-dessus. Si vous ne comprenez pas un
traître mot d'anglais, je crains donc que ce glossaire ne vous soit
que d'une piètre utilité...
Notez au passage que plusieurs des
techniques d'auto-ligotage décrites en anglais dans le Lillan's
nexus ont été adaptées en français sur
le site Passions
Fétichistes. Je pense que cela vaut vraiment le détour.
Auto-velture = Self-cinch (v.fig.
Brélage = Cross cinch (v. fig.
Noeud d'ancrage = Anchorage knot (v. fig.
Noeud de corde d'arc = Bow-rope knot =
Tent knot (v. fig. 5)
Noeud de chaise = Bowline knot
Noeud de pendu = Hangman knot (v. fig.
Noeud plat = Square knot
Noeud de tente = Tent knot
Tours morts = Coils (v. fig.
1, noeud du haut)
Velture = Cinch (v. fig.
1, noeuds des chevilles et des orteils)