There are so many different types of knots that you should know and choose the right one can help you out in so many situations. You need to know these 8 basic knots because they will help you in terms of first aid, climbing, general maintenance, and a whole lot more. Overhand knot This is a simple knot but is hard to untie once you have tightened it. It is great for when you are planning to go sailing and you need to knot the rope on your sail. Clove Hitch This is another useful knot that you can use as a base for other knots and is great when you want to bind things. It would be a great way for you to knot things into something else as well. Reef knot This is a good type of binding knot that you can easily tie as well as untie. Surgeons that are doing surgery and closing wounds can easily use this knot. Round turn This is a knot that is very easy to tie but at the same time, very secure. If you are trying to bind something, this might be a good option to try out. This is a fixed loop that will not get loose nor tighten up once you have tied it up. Alpine butterfly This is another useful knot that you can use when you want to create a fixed loop and it can bear heavyweight and it is also very easy to untie. Figure 8 This one is a good knot to use when you want to join up to two ropes and best used for those of the same width. The last one would be the lash and it is the most useful knot especially if you plan on doing outdoor camping so you need to learn about it.