Paul, yes, I plan to do that . . .but there is a nice video test done by a chicago rigger that shows exactly what you suggest - the brummel breaks before the straight bury. They did not have a load cell (at least in the video), so we don't know how much weaker it is.
Back to dacron double braid for a minute - adding New England
Ropes Stayset data.
Bowline still statistically equal to Figure 8
NER ropes breaking at lower % of rated strength, but that may be because they are using a different measure of rated strength. I have asked, and I will check with my own "full strength" breaks.
NER ropes appear to have lower stdev (perhaps higher quality consistency?)
The NER line is 2.33x times higher in (retail) price
than the Samson
LS 1/4": 1582lbs, 83% of rated strength, 5% StDev
Samson XLS 1/4": 1582, 71% of rated strength, 3% StDev
Ropes StaySet 1/4": 1575lbs, 67% of rated strength, 1% stdev
Figure 8 loop
Samson LS 1/4": 1590lbs, 84% of rated strength, 3% StDev
Samson XLS 1/4": 1590lbs, 69% of rated strength, 2% StDev
Ropes StaySet 1/4": 1558lbs of rated strength, 66%, 1% StDev