The X friction is one of the main ways that I secure two pieces of rope together when they are at right-angles. It locks them into position, but can also be removed relatively quickly, should the need arise.
Fortunately, this friction is aptly named. It looks like an X, and when I tie it behind me, during a self tie, it undoubtedly feels like an X too.
As far as frictions go, it is straightforward to build too. I have tried to write the instructions here, but I’m a show-er rather than a tell-er. However, Lazarus, over at the Duchy, explains the technique in a clear and simple way in his section on frictions.
I do seem to get a bit wound up about the little things when it comes to rope. I feel if I can learn to do the basics really well, the rest will follow. This seems to be the way things go for me in my everyday, so why wouldn’t it work like that with rope too?
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