- May 24, 2006
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Rubbish for tying knots, too. You could probably manage without using a ring or little finger, but the other three are more or less essential - the thumb and index finger especially so. I work a lot with rope myself, and I can't help but feeling that long thumbnails would make life really quite difficult.Would that actually work? If your hands are wet a lot, as a bosun's surely would be, I would imagine that you'd have trouble keeping a nail - plus all that hanging off ropes would leave you more likely to lose them too?...
That said, didn't a Guantanamo inmate slash his own throat with a sharpened fingernail? Doubt they were allowed around rope though.