Thank you, both @Brocky
, for your inputs! I’ve never tied the Figure 9 as a stopper knot, only on a bight, but that sounds plausible. I’ve gone through about half of the stopper knot section of the ABOK so far and nothing matches yet. It’s actually quite a chore. I hope someday there’s an app where you can take two or more pictures to photo map the knot, then submit it and then the app will run it through the ABOK database and produce either an already existing knot or confirm that it is thus far unknown and potentially original. Ha, probably not a lot of money in that venture, so if it ever happens, it will be low priority is my guess. If it turns out to be original, you better believe I’m naming it!
On a different note, check out my latest hitch: the EPITOME hitch! Here is the description for the attached video from my channel below…
“In this episode, we'll examine the hitch that I believe is the epitome of all hitches in the sense that it embodies all three of the most important types of knotting which can be used to create a hitch.
These three knotting types are: 1) the wrap, 2) the braid and 3) the marl. You'll hear a lot about the first two and very little about the third, which I am adding to the list of important types because I believe it deserves to be listed.
To put it differently, this hitch is what would happen if a Valdotain Tresse (VT) and a Distel hitch had sex and had offspring. The EPITOME hitch is the culmination of these two fundamental and quintessential hitches, but distilled down into one amazing hitch.
If you decide to try this hitch out, you should know that you can always add or remove portions of the braid to either make it more compact or so that it will accommodate shorter hitch cords. I would say that a 32" hitch cord (or longer) is ideal for this hitch. You'll notice I'm using a spliced hitch cord, so this means I have more space for knotting than with a sewn eye hitch cord. Finally, wraps can be added or removed as desired to meet friction management needs.
Before anyone hates (although, nobody ever hates at the Tree House from my experiences) on this hitch due to my hype, understand that I am NOT saying that this is the best hitch ever. It’s in my top ten hitches that I’ve ever invented, however, I am not trying to suggest that it is better than either the VT or the Distel or any hitch for that matter.
Let’s be clear: Hitches are HIGHLY preferential tools. And by that, I mean to say that one person might love a hitch and another person may hate it. Although I do my best to create hitches which can be universally used and enjoyed by the majority of those who try them out, a huge number of variables (including but not limited to hitchcord type and condition or rope type and condition and experience level of the user) ensure that not everyone will love all of my hitches the way that I do. People incorrectly assume that if they tried, say, a Michoacan with one hitch cord/rope combo and didn’t like it, that trying it again with even just a different hitch cord or rope or both will result in the same disappointment.
The reality is that you can have a good experience one day in the dry winter with a hitch and, on a different day, with the same exact hitch cord and rope, but during the oppressively humid summer, have a completely different result. Simply failing to balance the legs of your hitch consistently, or connecting the eyes of the hitch cord onto a different side of the rope, can create noticeably different results.”
But I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir. Most of you have a good understanding of all of this and, as I’ve mentioned before, have a sixth - or even seventh haha - sense for hitch behavior.
Link to EPITOME hitch "how to tie" video...