Originally Posted by wideguy
But the fact remains if you tie both properly and cut free all four ends to leave just a lump with four fuzzy ends, the actual knot that will be left behind is identical.
If you cut the loop, it is no longer a Bowline; a Bowline is a loop knot!
But, if you say they are the same, tie a loop in the end of a rope using a Sheetbend and load it like you would a Bowline and see if it fails; on video.
Prove me wrong that you can use a Sheetbend instead of a Bowline to form a loop in the end, or mid-span for that matter, of a rope without it failing.
Basic knot work is knowing which knot for which work and a Sheetbend cannot replace a Bowline...