A sheep shank has two uses. First,
you may use it to shorten a rope and maintain its
strength for pulling. This is extremely handy when you
don't want to cut your rope, but
you have a need for it to be shorter. This knot also was
used in the past in places were it would
be impossible to retrieve the rope after, (repelling down
a tree or cliff)***. By snipping the
center line in the middle, one could give a rope a flip
when they reached the bottom and the
knot would come loose leaving
behind only a short piece. REMEMBER climbing and
repelling down trees and cliffs is
dangerous and done under trained adult supervision only.
ATTENTION: The sheep shank
is NO LONGER USED as a climbing knot because today's
rope materials slip too easily for this knot to be
trusted in climbing applications.
BE SAFE, DON'T TAKE
CHANCES WITH YOUR SAFETY.