That appears to be an opinion piece with no supporting information. They mention recent testing, but offer no links to test results.
Ive seen a video, and I wish I could find it, where a locked brummel splice was pulled apart without the tail being buried and it failed at half the average strength of the line. It failed by the tails braid coming undone, not breaking.
And if one makes a locked brummel splice according to specs, the tail wont be "to short." If one strays from the specs.... Thats no fault of anyone but the one doing it.
Doesnt make sense to me. How will the load come off the "knot like" portion? And if the splice is done correctly, it wont be to short.However, if the buried tail is too short on a locked Brummel, the whole load can come off the ‘knot like’ locking portion and it will break at much lower than expected load. Recent testing indicates the buried tail must be 72 times the diameter of the line, which is longer than previously recommended and typically used in practice.
Id like to see the results of their testing, if you have it.
And I have yet to see a locked brummel splice fail using a 2 fid bury. Not even on a test bed. Not saying it can not happen, just that i have not witnessed it.
Seriously... Id like to see some supporting information to back up the article you posted. Some googling has shown me its been posted on numerous boating forums and not one person has asked to see supporting evidence.