The Sheepshank is a shortening knot, which enables a rope to be shortened non-destructively.
- The knot is only really secure under tension, it will fall apart when slack. (See tip below.)
- Tip. Use up to five half hitches each end of the Sheepshank to make the knot more secure, and for fine tuning the shortening.
- Tip. Never cut ropes to shorten them! Always use a shortening knot such as the Sheepshank, or coil the excess.