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Old 12-27-2019, 02:15 PM
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Does it provide any advantages over the bowline?
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Played with it a little bit and I can see a potential advantage. It brings the tail out the side above the knot instead of into the loop like a bowline. If it unties as easily as a bowline it might be nice in some applications.
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It seems jamming is the biggest objection.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...51&FORM=WRVORC
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Slip version goes by another name. I have not idea how it would rate on a jam test.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...9B2F&FORM=VIRE
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Does it provide any advantages over the bowline?
From what I have read the Cassock Knot is more secure, especially when the sides of the loop are pulled out.
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Slip version goes by another name. I have not idea how it would rate on a jam test.

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Slipped version is also known as the kalmyk loop.
Another name is the Inuit Bowline
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The Cossack Knot is also known as the "Eskimo Bowline". The June 2000 issue of the IGKT (International Guild of Knot Tyers) periodical calls it a "more compact and secure alternative" to the common bowline.
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I used to work an Honor Guard detail retiring flags. I would save some of the nice flag line pieces with eyelets that are seamed into the cant end of large flags. I usually keep a couple of pieces (sans eyelets) near my easy chair so I can practice when I see a knot of interest. I just tied this one and happen to have a bowline in the other end for comparison.

I often tie the cowboy or left hand bowline so the end is outside the loop.

Thanks for another nice knot.
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https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...51&FORM=WRVORC
That'd take it out of the running, IMO. I use the bowline multiple times a week in life support and heavy rigging applications and being able to easily untie it is critical. A knot that can't be easily untied after heavy loading is useless, unless it's intended to be permanent.
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That'd take it out of the running, IMO. I use the bowline multiple times a week in life support and heavy rigging applications and being able to easily untie it is critical. A knot that can't be easily untied after heavy loading is useless, unless it's intended to be permanent.
I agree. Thanks for the post.
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I use the bowline more than any other knot. It is also an easy knot to tie. Years ago when I first started using it (and didn't know how to properly pronounce it) I mentioned it to a friend some 25 years my senior. He smiled, picked up a hank of rope and tied one behind his back. That day I learned that he had served in the Merchant Marine during WWII.

I'll tie the Cossack enough to get familiar with tying it then see how it works for my applications. Some ropes I leave a permanent loop in one end, it might work well for that, but the bowline is an old and trusted friend.
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