The Overhand Bend is quick to tie and is best used with small cordage like thread or string. It is secure, but makes a connection that is only half as strong as the material it is tied in.
1 Place two ends of the cord or two cords next to each other, and use the double cord to tie an Overhand Knot.
2 Tighten by pulling the standing parts in opposite directions.
The Overhand Bend is also tied as a decorative way to combine a couple of loose ends. It can also be used to gather a large number of strands by just laying them all together and tying an Overhand Knot with all of them, though this use would be more like a binding knot in function.