Kalmyk Loop

Kalmyk Loop

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.

Kalmyk Loop
Kalmyk Loop

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.

Kalmyk Loop

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?


Comments

Kalmyk Loop — 2 Comments

  1. Well I never, I just found the Kalmyk knot. I never knew it had a name, but. I am a retired truck driver and as such have a handful of useful knots 9from before the days of curtainsiders). I needed a knot that I could hang round something and really, really pull on it, yet would come undone after it had pulled 8 tonnes of artic tractor unit. this was the knot I used, but never knew it had a name of fame like this. lovely videos by the way, and the way I found your site was hunting for Purse Nets.

    • Thanks John, I love purse nets, as they make good hammocks for storing stuff in, well that is what I use them for. Yes, I too like the Kalmyk Loop, but my go to knot is the Imitation Slipped Bowline, have a look and see what you think of it? Imitation Slipped Bowline

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