Eskimo bowline

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Eskimo bowline
Names Eskimo bowline, Sitka loop, Anti-Bowline, Cossack knot, Kalmyk loop
Category Loop
Origin Ancient
Related bowline, sheet bend, double bowline, water bowline, spanish bowline, triple bowline, bowline on a bight, running bowline, poldo tackle, cowboy bowline
Releasing Non-jamming
Typical use Placing a loop which will be stretched wide open under load in the end of a rope

The Eskimo bowline is a knot that places a loop in the end of a rope. Whereas the standard bowline knot loops the working end around the standing part, the Eskimo bowline loops it around its own descending part.

Eskimo bowline based on the method described by Geoffrey Budworth in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knots.[1] The tightened knot on the right takes on a trefoil crown shape.

The Eskimo bowline is best used in applications in which the loop will be stretched wide. In applications where the two legs of the loop are nearly parallel, a bowline is superior.

The structure of the knot was not identified by Clifford Ashley (in 1944). All of the maneuvers to tie this knot are generally in the opposite (or ‘anti’ direction) relative to the Bowline.
Dan Lehman posits that this structure is an ‘Anti Bowline’. When this Anti-Bowline is ring-loaded, due to the orientation of the tail, it mimics the core function of a Sheet bend

Sheet bend

A Cossack knot is essentially the same knot, a bowline where the running end goes around the loop-start rather than the main part and has a more symetric triangular shaped knot. A slipped version of the cossack knot is called Kalmyk loop[2][3]

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  1. ^ Budworth, Geoffrey (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knots. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1585746262. 
  2. ^ Tying video for Kalmyk loop
  3. ^ Tying video for Kalmyk loop