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The Kalmyk Loop (Russian: калмыцкий узел) is a loop still largely unknown in the West, but common in Russia and often used instead of the bowline.

Kalmyk loop
ReleasingQuick release

The knot is named after the Kalmyks, a nomad ethnicity in Russia. It is very quick to tie, it is secure, and it undoes quickly when pulling the free end. The knot isn't mentioned in The Ashley Book of Knots but in its Russian equivalent, the book "Морские узлы" by Lev Skryagin (1930–2000).

Without the quick release the knot is known as Cossack knot or Eskimo bowline.


  • Скрягин Л. Н. Морские узлы — Москва, Транспорт, 1982

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