Download: How To Make A Paracord Rattlesnake Knot Key Fob - WhyKnot

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Knot tying video tutorial. Learn how to make a rattlesnake knot keychain. Easy step by step instructions for tying a rattlesnake knot in this simple guide.

This is knot #541 The Ashley Book of Knots (AboK). Ashley was the inventor of the knot and referred to it as the over and under heaving line knot. It was designed as the name suggests as a way to weight the end of a rope so that it can be thrown. The term rattlesnake knot comes from the fact that the knot looks like a rattle snake’s tail. Especially when tied in paracord.

Tied with large diameter rope this knot makes a practical way to weight the end of a rope for throwing. Tied with paracord or other smaller diameter material it makes an ornamental knot as a key for or possibly a bulky zipper pull for something like a suitcase.

Like its more famous heaving line cousin the monkey's fist knot. This knot can serve multiple purposes as both a functional and decorative knot. As a key fob it is a nice way to store cordage for camping survival or outdoor use.

For a temporary heaving line knot there are simpler faster tying alternatives.

If you would like to finish the key fob with the two strand diamond knot you can find it here:

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