Stopper knots are intended to prevent the end of a line from passing through a pulley, fairlead, hole or another knot or to prevent it from unravelling.
The
Figure of Eight is probably the most commonly used stopper knot but is also the most unreliable as it tends to shake loose and untie itself.
The
Crown or Stevedore's knot – is an improvement on the figure of eight by simply making a second turn around the standing part before passing the running end through the loop.
The
Double Overhand is another simple improvement.
Perhaps the most secure is the
Ashley or Oysterman's stopper.

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