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Flat Overhand

A form of an overhand knot tied with two strands, with the tails coming out the same side of the knot.

Appropriate Uses

  • Tying ropes together for rappelling.
  • Connecting cordelette ends.


  • Easy to untie after being loaded.
  • Easy to check.

These are the steps to tie a flat overhand:

-Start with two ends of rope

-Make a loop with the rope with 1 foot of tail

-Pass the ends of the rope through the backside of the loop

-Pull each strand individually against the knot so that it is tight and all strands are parallel

*This knot must be well dressed and have parallel strands to be a fully functioning knot