How to Tie a Surgeon Knot

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A surgeon knot is very similar to an overhand knot, but the string or rope is looped round twice instead of once, and two knots are generally tied. Learn to tie a surgeon knot, which is common to tying off sutures, with instructions from a rock climbing instructor in this free video on knot tying.

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Hello, this is Andrew Reynolds and today I'm going to show you how to make a surgeon's knot, a very easy way to tie two pieces of rope together. Very similar to an overhand knot in its start except you just take it one step further. So if you go right hand over left hand, basically you're going to take that rope and do it one more time. So place it under your left hand rope, one more time, pull it together a little bit and then you're just going to finish off with another overhand knot, right over left, left over right, doesn't really make a huge amount of difference. And this was just a way for surgeons to have a quick knot that they could do that was just a little bit more secure than what they would have in the first place. So there you have a surgeon's knot. Thanks for watching.

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