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Basic Survival Skills

Zeppelin Bend

The zeppelin bend was used extensively to anchor zeppelins to the ground. Sometimes called the Rosendahl Bend, it is used to join two lines together.  This knot meets all the requirements in that it is easy to tie, won't jam even after repeated jerks or under a maximum load, remains easy to untie and is strong, secure, and symmetrical.

The zeppelin bend Is sometimes referred to as a Rosendahl Bend because Vice Admiral Rosendahl would only allow zeppelins under his command to be anchored using this particular knot.  Considering zeppelins weighed 20 tons or more, that's saying a lot.  Zeppelins are no longer in use so this particular knot has almost been forgotten.
Zepelin Bend
Basic terms used in our knot tying instructions explained here
How To Tie A Zeppelin Bend:
Form a number 6 with one bitter end and a number 9 with the other.  If the bitter end goes under the 6 then make sure it goes over the standing part on the 9.
Place one eye on top of the other so that the bitter ends are at the top and bottom of the stack.  (opposite each other)
Bring the bitter end from the top around and through the eyes from the bottom of the stack.
Bring the bitter end from the bottom around the outside of both eyes and poke it through the eyes from the top.
Snug up the whole works evenly to complete the knot.  It is actually much easier to tie than to write about.
I have been messing about with bits of rope and line for over 50 years and have just recently rediscovered the Zeppelin Bend.  It is well worth putting in your bag of tricks.
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