artificialname wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:16 am
I used needle nose pliers. It was easy and quick, a few minutes. No noticeable line damage!
My almost absolute never use things for knots are pliers, and pushing pins through the knot. Obviously there can be exceptions but as a general rule never. The risk of damaging the fibre is massive. The benefit is small.
The main problem is that if you only have a grip on a small part of the knot then the pliers will slip off and tear the fibres. Pushing a needle through has the same effect. The point slides between the fibres and can tear.
When undoing a knot there are three techniques you can use:
- Compression. Compress the fibres to make space in the loops of the knot. You do this by squeezing, gently tapping with a mallet or hammer, chewing, or even squeezing with pliers. The key here is gentle. Don't crush, bash or mutilate. Position the knot edgewise on a clean firm surface. Give it a bit of tap, tap, tap. You should be able to see it squash flat.
- Lubrication. Moisten the fibres so they slide on each other. Saliva, water, a little soap is fine. Arguably lubrication could come before compression because moist fibres will compress more easily.
- Push the loops. All knots are formed by a loop around the line. You push the loop gently to open it out and eventually undo the knot. Pulling the loop is generally futile if you haven't done the basic loosening to start with. It takes a bit of iteration and experimentation to identify the loop that is going to move.
I generally work each knot in a sequence. Do all the things above. Push on the loops. Identify a bit of movement then work on that.
Once you've done all the above and loosened the loops you can think about using pliers or a needle to open things up. I've never needed more than my (short) fingernails.
Removing a knot is a no-brainer. There is no such thing as a knot that cannot be undone. It's not that hard. People just think it's difficult because they haven't learned how to do it. Kite lines aren't even that thin. My record is splicing 0.8mm paraglider line.