Cowboy Up: Tie a Honda Knot

Learn how to tie a Honda Knot.
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0
Learn how to tie a Honda Knot.
Credit: Mckilbo Illo

Credit: Mckilbo Illo

A working cowboy’s rig is incomplete without a rope, and knowing how to tie a Honda Knot—sometimes called a Hondo or Bowstring Knot—should be a skill in every cowboy’s arsenal. The Honda Knot, used on lariats, forms a small and permanent loop called the “honda.” 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 honda. 

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.