Chuck, I believe the knot Tony is referring to is called a "Lark's Head" . ALL "knots" & "sharp bends" reduce strength . . . ( Including those "bends" your loops take around those quick links ) I did some research before making the above statement. http://allaboutknots.blogspot.com/2010/11/knot-strength-structures-that-make.html http://itrsonline.org/wordpress/wp-...be.A-Review-of-Knot-Strength-Testing_2016.pdf https://www.rescueresponse.com/much-strength-rope-loose-tie-knot Please remember that my concerns are only the safety and success of your project, Chuck ! Dave F.