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    are marlinspikes bi-directional?

    I may be answering this question right now by experiment...

    if I leave a marlinspike in my webbing what does everybody think about pulling it from the opposite direction? I mean wrapping the other end of the strap around the tree but not retying the marlinspike?

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    I would try it and see what happens. Although I can't see the advantage of leaving it tied as its such an easy knot to untie and then re-do.

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    it just happened that I had left them in the straps last time unintentionally...I agree it is an easy knot. the question is of academic interest only. it is doing fine so far!

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    Try it with a piece of 1/8" rope. Pull on the correct end and all is good. Pull on the other end and the knot moves around forming a slip knot, leaving the loop around the toggle loose.

    Webbing with a whoopie looped on it stabilizes the knot some and tends to hide this change but the fact is, it does matter which way it is tied/hung.

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