The forgotten Zeppelin knot

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The forgotten Zeppelin knot

In response to Chris’ Val ties the canoe piece, one of our readers, Dave, wrote:

Zeppelin knot

I bought a used Mother Earth News magazine just because of the article on a knot that it had inside. It is a GREAT knot for tying two lines together. The history makes it interesting. Here is the web link to the same article.

The Forgotten Zeppelin Knot

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10 thoughts on “The forgotten Zeppelin knot

  1. John Park says:

    …that Jake von Slatt often ties two cherry stems together with a Zeppelin knot USING ONLY HIS TONGUE?

    1. scarr says:

      that i do not believe.

      he would not need his tongue…just teeth.

    2. Jake von Slatt says:

      ohgawd, please don’t give the slash fiction writers any ideas, K? ;-)

  2. N Allen says:

    Looks like an alternative way of trying a hunter’s bend.'s_bend

  3. peteredworthy says:

    It may be simple, but the white rope with more white rope on a white background is a bit tricky to follow.

    I found some better pictures on this site:

  4. Edward Lye says:

    The Zeppelin or Rosendahl knot is not forgotten. I came across it in books on knots and knot websites. It is my knot of choice when joining ropes and I like it for its ability to work even when loosely tied and its ease when undoing it. My other favourites are the Constrictor, Evenk, Turquoise Turtle and the Alpine Butterfly. I choose my knots carefully. They must resist capsizing and be easy to remember and tie fast in the dark with gloves on. I only have enough memory for a small selection of knots so they have to be the best in their class.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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