"Chirality"! Excellent term, thx for the addition to my vocabulary. As a lefty I'm definitely a chiral type of human ;-) As of course right-handed people are as well.Hello dmonn,
Your presentation (initial post) is not Tiable In the Bight (TIB) to the 'host' rope and therefore it is not any version of a Prusik hitch (#1763). The Prusik hitch is TIB and symmetric (written as; "symmetric 3/3 TIB").
Your presentation is "asymmetric 4/1 non-TIB".
All slide and grip hitches can be broadly classified into the following classes:
[ ] TIB (ie TIB to the host rope) - more common with mountaineers/climbers
[ ] Non TIB - more common with tree climbers
With the following sub classes:
[ ] symmetric
[ ] asymmetric
Geometry is described by arrangement of the coils (which can be 'S' or 'Z' chirality) and exiting load bearing 'legs'.
For example, a Klemheist (#1762) is written as: "asymmetric 5/1 TIB" or "asymmetric 7/1 TIB" (must be odd number).
And a 'Distel hitch' would be: "asymmetric 4/1 non-TIB" (although as with all slide and grip hitches, it is possible to vary the geometry to 3/1 or even 5/1...which is 'best' will be derived according to rope material frictive properties and host-to-hitch diameter ratio).
NOTE: 'TIB' means that the hitch can be tied to its host rope without access to either end (and the reverse also applies, in that the hitch can be untied and removed from the 'host' without access to either end). 'Either end' in this case refers to the hitch cord. Some knot geeks prefer to define this as; 'without access to any end' - to rule out feeding one end of your host rope into the hitch!
Chirality is rarely reported... tie your favorite slide and grip hitch and then hold it adjacent to a plane mirror...the mirror reflection you see is the inverse of what you tied - and it is just as valid. For example, if you normally tie a 'Distel hitch' with 'S' chirality - hold it up to a mirror and you will see opposite 'Z' chirality.
I encourage you to keep experimenting, because you might discover a new geometry that revolutionizes non-mechanical rope ascending systems... (and become famous like Elon Musk).