Anchor bend

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Anchor bend
NamesAnchor bend, Fisherman's Bend
RelatedRound turn and two half hitches
Typical useattaching a rope to a ring or similar termination
ABoK#1723, #1841

The anchor bend is a knot used for attaching a rope to a ring or similar termination. The name is a misnomer, as it is technically not a bend, but a hitch.


"oncear bendum," an early evidence of use of anchor bends by Anglo-Saxons from Beowulf

Its name originates from the time when "bend" was understood to simply mean "tie to"; today, a bend strictly refers to a knot that joins two lines.


While the knot can become jammed in some modern materials, it is usually easily untied after moderate loads; it can be made more resistant to jamming by taking an extra turn around the object--this will make for a 1-diameter longer span of the end to reach around the standing part to be tucked (although in a case of tying to a small shackle or link of a chain, this might not be possible). It is the accepted knot for attaching anchors (or more usually anchor chains) to warps. The knot is very similar to a round turn and two half hitches except that the first half hitch is passed under the turn. In many everyday uses, the finishing half-hitch need not be made; alternatively, one might seek surer security by tying off the end with a strangle knot to the standing part.

Anchor bend step by step, with a finishing half hitch.

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  • Grog. "Anchor Bend". Animated Knots. Retrieved May 5, 2013.