When assessed against other bends in tests using paracord, it was found to be:
- not as strong as the Blood knot (Strongest),
- similar to the Flemish bend
- stronger than the fisherman's bend, sheet bend or reef knot" (Weakest!).
In October 1978, it was presented as a newly invented knot credited to Dr. Edward Hunter. who had used it for years to tie broken shoelaces. When it appeared, it led to much publicity for the knot and also to the formation of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.
It had already been presented in Knots for Mountaineering by Phil D. Smith in the 1950s where the bend was described as a modification to the alpine butterfly bend. Smith had devised the knot in 1943 while working on the San Francisco waterfront and had called it simply a "rigger's bend".