Kalmyk loop
Category Loop
Origin Ancient
Releasing Quick release
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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.

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 slippage the knot is known as Cossack knot.


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

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