Zeppelin loop

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Zeppelin loop
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NamesZeppelin loop, Rosendahl loop
Category Loop
Related Zeppelin bend

A zeppelin eye knot, is a secure, jam resistant fixed size loop knot based on the zeppelin bend. It is one of the few eye knots suitable for bungee. It is also special in its ease of untying.


Tying the Zeppelin loop using the magician method: the four stages of the method starting with a clover at 6 o'clock; The red line indicate ends of the overhand knot one starts with, and the green line at 3 o'clock indicates the ends of the underhand knot formed in later steps ZeppelinBagiHalkasi.JPG
Tying the Zeppelin loop using the magician method: the four stages of the method starting with a clover at 6 o'clock; The red line indicate ends of the overhand knot one starts with, and the green line at 3 o'clock indicates the ends of the underhand knot formed in later steps


Virtually all bends (i.e. end-to-end joining knots) have a corresponding 'eye knot'. For example, the Sheet bend (ABoK #1431) has a corresponding eye knot which is none other than the common (#1010) Bowline. The Zeppelin bend is formed from 2 superposed loops of opposite chirality.

There are two versions of the zeppelin eye knot depending on how it is tied.

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