Discovery or invention of a new knot is considered to be the ultimate
challenge by many knot tyers. However, considering how long humans have
been tying knots in things, it seems unlikely that much new is possible.
What can happen is that modern knowledge expands, rediscovers and documents
something that has been seen before. The following are two "20th century"
bends that are excellent in their own right...... whether they are really
new or not.
Both of these bends begin in bdpq
form starting positions.
| Eastern Zeppelin - |
The Eastern Zeppelin is a variation of the Zeppelin or Rosendahl Bend.
Charles Rosendahl, being a captain of a zeppelin, insisted that his airship
be moored using this bend. The distinct feature of this bend is that it
is exceptionally easy to break and tightens consistently to hold when pulled
(even if somewhat loosened).
Figure 1 - Starting position for Zeppelin
A memory clue for the starting position is:
bo under qu ends opposite through center
| Figure 2 - Tied and drawn tight|
| Rigger's Bend -|
One of the few new knots "discovered" in this century. This knot
was originally credited to Dr. Edward Hunter in 1970 and called the Hunters
Bend. Actually it was published as a Rigger's Bend in Knots for Mountaineers
by Phil Smith about 1950. This is an excellent method for joining two ropes.
The illustrated method is clearer to understand for most. It is quite effective
on synthetics. This method of tying is from The Alternative Knot Book.
|| Figure 1 - Starting position for Riggers
A memory clue based on bdpq start:
bo interleave du opposite center|
|| Figure 2 - Riggers / Hunters bent completed.|
| Jack Keene
- January 1996|