Zeppelin bend

Zeppelin bend

name=Zeppelin bend

names= Rosendahl bend
type= bend
related= Zeppelin loop, Hunter's bend
releasing= Non-jamming
uses= Connecting two ropes

A Zeppelin bend is an excellent all purpose bend knot: it is a secure, easily tied, and jam-proof way to connect two ropes. Though its simplicity and security are matched by other bends, it is unique in the ease with which it is untied, even after heavy loading. It is also referred to as a "Rosendahl bend", both names stemming from its use to moor airships ("Zeppelin" being a synonym for airship, and Charles Rosendahl being the airship captain who popularized this bend by insisting it be used to moor his craft). Clifford Ashley, author of "The Ashley Book of Knots", was apparently unaware of this bend.


* Form a half-hitch in each of the ends of rope
* Overlay one hitch on the other, such that the working end of each rope faces "outwards" or away from the other hitch
* Pull either loose end once around the half-hitch in the other rope, and then through the "tunnel" created by the two hitches
* Repeat with the other loose end
* Pull on the standing parts to tighten the knot.

For those learning to tie this knot, the best way to remember the starting positions is a "b" and a "q" this helps you to set up the knot easier.


* Pull simultaneously on the two turns that go around the standing parts.

ee also

* List of knots

External links

* [http://www.geocities.com/roo_two/Zeppelin.html Description of the Zeppelin Bend]

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