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The Constrictor can be used as a 'Ziptie' of sorts on convex objects.  Here are two other constructs of roughly similar usability.

The Corned Beef knot (#191) can serve a similar purpose and uses mechanical advantage when tightening.

Are there other notable constructs in similar vein?

p.s.  Here is another idea.  The Jam hitch (#1727) is supposed to do something similar to zipties but it never worked for me.  This hitch is analogous to the Midshipman #1730 except that the two wraps are tied outside the loop and the half-hitch inside it.  The idea being that the Midshipman should resist the loop becoming smaller under tension but the Jam aims at resisting ring loads or enlargement of the loop, just like Zipties.

Knicknack introduced the the AYU hitch which has similar functionality to the Midshipman, but it bites better.  By analogy to the Midshipman-Jam relationship I reversed the tying direction in the AYU hitch and it seems to work relatively well.

Depending how much "resistive holding" you would like you could always try the gleipner.

A search of the forum here will come up with lots on this one.
I have used it successfully for many things but it would depend on the application.


I find the Gleipnir a little too gimmicky a construct - look ma no hands - don't quite trust it, it creeps, and I find it hard to draw tight.  Kind of in the same category as the Sheep-shank...:⁠-⁠)

I like the method shown in the second video (the Girth hitch holding two tails tucked through it from opposite sides) - probably superior in every way to the Gleipnir...

Searching for Gleipnir turns out to be more successful than trying to find Gleipner...:⁠-⁠)


--- Quote from: mcjtom on May 18, 2023, 10:27:18 PM ---I find the Gleipnir ... and I find it hard to draw tight. 

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usually first draw tight, and then thread working end through it


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