Uses: The Figure 8 Knot provides a quick and convenient stopper knot to prevent a line sliding out of sight, e.g., up inside the mast. Its virtue is that, even after it has been jammed tightly against a block, it doesn’t bind; it can be undone easily. This virtue is also, occasionally, a vice. The Figure 8 Knot can fall undone and then has to be retied.
Comparison: The Figure 8 Knot should be compared to other common stopper knots. It is much better than the simple Overhand Knot which is smaller and can bind so tightly that it can be really difficult to undo. However, the Double Overhand Knot, the Stevedore Stopper Knot, and the Ashley Stopper Knot, all make better Stopper knots because they are larger and more stable. For slippery ropes the EStar Stopper Knot is the best.
The Figure 8 “forget me knot” makes for a lovely Bondage/ Shibari Key Chain.
By Corey Moranis – link below.
Or is that May Flowers?
All dievca knows is that NYC is starting to blossom.
Something lovely to see. XO
Sometimes you run into random things on the internet. A glass blown Bondage Babe? OK
You can purchase something similar here: Scissorbaby Glass on Etsy
So what does the word Shibari mean?
The dictionary definition is “the act of tying” but as with so many words in Japanese, the meaning depends upon the context in which could be used to refer to tying such things as parcels, objects, etc To take the word out of context removes much of its meaning. In a discussion on bondage – Shibari is a word for ‘bondage tying’.
What is Shibari vs Kinbaku?
As in the rest of the world, the Japanese have differing opinions on which is the best term to use for not only Shibari or Kinbaku but other terms that may apply to the art of bondage tying.
So we may have a situation where shibari means to tie, and kinbaku is a rather recent word meaning “to tie tightly so that there is no movement after the tie”.
Another opinion is that ‘Shibari’ is bondage tying and that Kinbaku is ‘Shibari’ plus emotional connection – to “tie deeply”.
Practitioners seem to use the words interchangeably and you’d be invited to learn Shibari at Kinbaku workshops. Recognized Japanese practitioners prefer one or the other to some extent, this does not however mean that one is valid and the other is not. They are all valid. These are not contradictions, only preferences of expression.
Most Japanese rope artists instinctively gravitate towards one or the other in their conversations depending upon the circumstances.
For instance, an artist explicitly describes his rope as “Shibari not Kinbaku” while he qualifies some other rope artists as “doing Kinbaku, not Shibari”. He often says that he wishes to tie to the point where the model can move a little bit in the tie, thinking she can untie herself, when – in fact, she cannot.
There are situations where all Japanese agree: is that in the sentence “let’s do Japanese rope together”, it is always Shibarimashou (let’s shibari) and not “kinbaku o shimashou” (let’s kinbaku).
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Another subtle way to show your BDSM leanings in Public.
And the bag that dievca bought on Need Supply Co. to accent her summer wardrobe:
~tangible and intangible~
dievca spotted this in the local CVS (drugstore/apothecary).
she wishes she could pass it on to her shibari loving readers. XO