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The anchor bend is used to attach a rope to a ring or anchor. The name is a misnomer, as it is technically not a bend, but a hitch (used to tie a rope to an object).
The knot can become jammed in some modern materials, it is usually easily untied after moderate loads and it can be made more resistant to jamming by taking an extra turn around the object.
It is the accepted knot for attaching anchors (or more usually anchor chains) to warps.
The knot is very similar to a Round Turn and 2 Half Hitches except that the first half hitch is passed under the turn.