Kalmyk Loop Origins
The Kalmyk Loop knot is a rather nice little loop knot that I understand has its origins in Russia. It is gradually becoming more well known in other parts of the world. It would also seem that the Kalmyk Loop has been adopted by the Bushcraft enthusiasts.
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How to Tie the Kalmyk Loop
The Kalmyk Loop is relatively easy to tie and also untie even if it has been under load. It is another one of those little knots, that once you learn how to tie it, you do not easily forget it. Once Mastered the Kalmyk Loop is a very fast knot to tie.
Kalmyk Loop Warning
When I first learnt to tie the Kalmyk Loop, I thought I was doing it wrong, as I ended up with a rather dangerous slip knot. I even had to remake this video as I felt strongly that people should be aware on the tightening up procedure. In the drawing you see the actual shape of the knot, so when tightening you want to preserve this shape! If during the tightening process you allow it to misshape, then you will find that you end up with the dangerous version that I kept tying.
How to Tie the Kalmyk Loop Video
In this video, you will see how easy it is to tie the Kalmyk Loop. I also point out the warning if the Klamyk loop is tightened using the left hand part of the loop. It is always good to remember that when tightening up the Kalmyk Loop, pull up on the right side of the loop and the standing end of the rope.
How to Tie the Kalmyk Loop Short Video
If you want the short and sweet version on how to tie the Kalmyk loop, then this is the video for you.
If you are concerned that the Kalmyk Loop is slipped or quick release, it can also be tied without passing a bight through the final stage of tying the knot. Alternatively, the working end could be passed again through the bight to lock the slip action, or a piece of wood can also lock it in place to prevent the knot from being tripped.
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How Secure is the Kalmyk Loop
For a knot that is slipped (quick release) I would say that once dressed and tightened this is a rather nice secure loop knot. However, one drawback is that if tightened incorrectly, then this knot can become a dangerous slip knot. Maybe, the imitation slipped bowline would be a safer option?