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View Poll Results: How do you tie a double sheet bend, if at all? (Anonymous)
I tie it as in post #1 and use it either occasionally or often. 7 63.64%
I tie it as in post #1 and use it either rarely or never. 2 18.18%
I tie it as in post #2 and use it either occasionally or often. 0 0%
I tie it as in post #2 and use it either rarely or never. 0 0%
I don't know how to tie it, but use a single sheet bend. 1 9.09%
I don't know how to tie it and don't use a single sheet bend either 1 9.09%
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Old 28-06-2014, 04:05   #16
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Re: How Do You Tie a Double Sheet Bend?

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We seem to be using knots from a few centuries ago designed for use with natural fibres. These are not necessarily the best ones to use for lines commonly used nowadays like double braid polyester. No one seems to be loading testing and checking.
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I think the main reason why the Zeppelin and similar are not used much is purely habit and tradition. The same old knots are just passed on from generation to generation of sailors without question.
I'm questioning it .

Seriously, we have have such advancements in materials used for making lines, yet the old knots are being used without question. Even weaker versions such as the double sheet bend #1434 are in use. Since I have been hunting for info about this I have repeatedly come across comments that the double (ie 1434) may slip more than the single. Yet is is still widely taught as one of the essential bends to know.

Time for some of these old traditions to be given a little shake up and upgraded for use in the 21st century .
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Re: How Do You Tie a Double Sheet Bend?

Yep, I am actually on a crusade to replace the Sheet Bend with the Zeppelin Bend. I keep singing its praises every chance I get.
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Yep, I am actually on a crusade to replace the Sheet Bend with the Zeppelin Bend. I keep singing its praises every chance I get.
Well, we can make it a duet .

I will start a thread later and post photos of how I learned to tie the Zeppelin. Remembering '6 and 9' can be a bit confusing as it does not tell you which tail goes over and which one goes under the standing ends initially. Easy to work out if you think about it, but with knots you shouldn't have to think.
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