A Single Column Tie Tutorial
If you can tie your shoes, then chances are you already know the basics of a Single Column Tie. — Though a wee bit more than loop, swoop, and pull. — This is likely one of the first knots you will learn when practicing Japanese rope bondage. What is it used for? That’s right boo! A single column. Think rope cuff that locks your parts legs open to the bed post. Mouth watering yet?
The knot of many faces: Boola Boola, Yuki Knot. These are both a Single Column ties. No matter what you call it, they produce the same result. They are all based around the reef knot. One interesting property of the reef knot is that only one of its ends is collapsable. Get ready to yell hell fire! Yes, this means by design a single column tie can be dangerous. All it takes is reversing the wrong direction and boom, your night of pleasure will be short lived.This is why I prefer to use the Somerville Bowline. It remedies all the dangers of a traditional single column. It will no collapse from any direction or under extreme tension. Both are still incredibly useful for your tool bag. The Gote Shibari and Takate Kote normally start with a single column. You can easily substitute it with a Somerville Bowline. I always switch it out when performing Suspensions. Not having to worry about a knot slipping or collapsing is a huge load off my face….wait..mind.
When tying a single column with hands behind the back and having the rope run over the top, the working end is what collapses the knot. Ghost peppers! I’ll go the other way. Thats lightning thinking except remember what we said about the reef knot? When tying wrist behind the back and making your wraps go under the wrist. The bite becomes the end that will collapse. This can be useful when you’re ending a session since you can untie it faster. No matter the direction you go, the know will only function properly when the know it compacted. This creates the friction needed to hold.