Cowboy Up: Tie a Hondo Knot

Learn how to tie a Hondo Knot.
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Learn how to tie a Hondo Knot.
Credit: Mckilbo Illo

Credit: Mckilbo Illo

A working cowboy’s rig is incomplete without a rope, and knowing how to tie a Hondo Knot—sometimes called a Bowstring Knot—should be a skill in every cowboy’s arsenal. The Hondo Knot, used on lariats, forms a small and permanent loop called the “hondo.” The tail end of the lariat is run through the honda, which forms a sliding loop that’s used to rope stock. 

Step 1
Form a loose overhand knot at the end of the rope by making a loop and bringing the working end up through the loop.

Step 2
With the working end, tie a tight overhand knot at the very end of the rope (making another loop from right to left) for a “stopper,” then bring the end back through one side of the overhand knot. 

Step 3
When you tighten down the loose overhand knot and pull the stopper knot up tight, you get the hondo. 

Step 4
Now feed the main line (the working end), through the honda. If you’re using a nylon rope, it’s suggested you melt the tail end a bit so that it can’t slip out.