# Overhand knot

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Special Knots, and Advanced Knots, for Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.

Overhand knot
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Names | Overhand knot, Thumb knot |
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Typical use | Extreme jamming |

Caveat | Spills if the standing part is pulled forcibly in the wrong direction. |

Releasing | Extreme jamming |

Category | Stopper knots |

Group | Basic knots |

Related | Overhand loop, Figure-eight knot, Angler's loop, Fisherman's knot, Water knot |

**Overhand knot**is used in other knots including the Square knot which is two Overhand knots. The overhand knot can be used temporarily but can untie very easily if tied around something. The overhand knot can be used as a stopper knot and can keep a rope from fraying or unraveling but the Figure Eight is a much better stopper knot.

- Required for

- Wolf Electives 17a. Learn to tie an
**overhand knot**and a square knot.

- Instructions

- Make a loop and go through it.

- Lesson Videos

- Notes

- The Overhand knot is one of the Forty Knots.

- See also