The Buntline Hitch was traditionally used to tie a line to the foot of a square sail. Today, it is used to tie a line to a post or a halyard shackle. The knot is more secure than two half hitches but can jam. The knot is basically a clove hitch tied around itself. You may notice that this knot is the same as the standard four-in-hand knot for your necktie
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