|Tom fool's knot|
|Names||Tom fool's knot, Tom fool knot, conjurer's knot, bow knot, Greek fool's knot|
|Related||Handcuff knot, Sheepshank, Fireman's chair knot|
|ABoK||#1141, #2290, #2291, #2534|
The Tom fool's knot, also known as the conjurer's knot, bow knot and Greek fool's knot, is a type of knot sometimes considered a handcuff knot, though usually considered somewhat inferior to it.: 208 It is a good knot with which to commence a slightly fancy sheepshank.: 210 It is also used as a trick knot due to the speed with which it can be made.: 406 The knot has a number of mainly decorative but also functional uses, such as sailing, boating, camping and bondage.
It is formed by making two loops, not exactly overlaying each other. The inner half of each hitch or loop is pulled under and through the outer side of the opposite loop.
- Ian Knot, shoelace knot based on Tom fool's knot