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Topic - Abseiling Knots

GaryK - on 23 Mar 2013
I have been using the "Austrian" knot, (ie an overhand knot), for joining ropes together for abseiling off routes for a few years now, with no problems.

I have recently seen examples, on V-threads and fixed gear, of this knot being used to join the ends of abseil cord, (not tape), as opposed to the more traditional double fishermans knot.

Is there a consensus of opinion on this as to whether it's safe or not, is it listed as a valid technique in any instruction books? Or has it evolved from people using it to join abseil ropes together?
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