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Handbook of Knots Flexibound – Jul 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DK; Expanded edition edition (July 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405304677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405304672
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 22.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who needs a whole book on knots? Campers, anglers, and weekend first mates to name a few, and they would be doing themselves a great favor checking out this wonderfully illustrated guide to knot tying. Need a secure loop tied in the middle of a rope during your next camping trip? Bowline on the Bight to the rescue. Lash a canoe firmly in place atop your car? A clove hitch, maybe, though the smart move is to add one more loop to create the nearly immovable constrictor knot. Each knot is presented with step-by-step photos and concise instructions, and even the novice will be able to whip out surgeon's knots and Italian hitches before they know it--as this reviewer can attest! The chapter on braiding will be especially appreciated by home crafters. A fine little book Brian McCombie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Des Pawson has run a ropeworking business for over 20 years. He teaches and displays his skills at exhibitions, galleries and museums all over the world, and is co-founder of The International Guild of Knot Tyers. Des has appeared on radio and television and his work is featured in a number of publications including The Boatman, Country Living and the Financial Times. Des resides in Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Format: Paperback
Des Pawson created a great manual for tying all types of knots. He successfully breaks down the various categories to include essential basics, their technical counterparts and various other useful techniques for both decorative uses and inquisitive minds.
As an avid sailor and user of all types of knots, I can't emphasize enough the importance of strongly knowing how to tie the perfect knot when needed. I've been waiting to buy a knot book for years and this one is perfect. The first time I came across his book, a fellow sailor pulled it off the shelf of his vessel to quickly show me an example. After that I was sold on the colorful pictures, simple explainations and great organization of his collection.
Pawsons book is a great guide and I find myself picking it up at various times to simply relax, practice my old knots, and learn a few new tricks.
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for the price the best book on knots there is & I bought (and returned them all :-)
Very complete concerning how to use the knots, and their terminology. Little pictograms in the upperhand corner show it's intended uses, and takes you through all the various types of material and how to prepare it for your work. But the real point is can you replicate the knot? And yes Pawson shows good detail both in picture and word of how to obtain that particular knot.
The cover can also be used as a bookmark so go get some string and start knotting. I always keep some on me for when I have time with nothing to do. Knotting is a cheap and easy hobby but like all else, it takes practise.
This book makes a great hobby totally affordable and fun.
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I was truly surprised by Pawson's book. From the reviews of others, I was expecting a good deal, and hoped it would be as good as Morrow's Guide to Knots, but adding some information not included in that very good book. When the book arrived, it seemed so slim (actually 160 pages, however) and compact, I couldn't see how it could compare.
However, it's a marvel in presenting a wealth of information very clearly. I think it is considerably more informative than the Morrow book, and also gives clearer explanations and illustrations.
It has very many useful knots that Morrow and most other small books do not have, such as the Alpine Butterfly, Ashley's Bend, Buntline Hitch, and the Klemheist knot, gives good information on splicing that Morrow completely omits, and has a lot of useful tips everywhere. The illustrations are truly first rate.
I was surprised though at the omission of the tautline hitch or Tarbuck knot (either would have sufficed). Indeed there were no "ratcheting" loop knots given that slide open or closed to the degree desired, then locked -- a truly useful class of knot that shouldn't have been omitted. If another knot had to go to make room, the only two that could have gone, in my opinion, are the Jury Mast Knot and the Thief Knot. (Admittedly, the Thief Knot is interesting, and I guess that if you need the Jury Mast Knot, you REALLY need it. But that's not one person in 10,000 these days.)
Morrow's is probably more complete for the fisherman.
I highly recommended "The Handbook of Knots" as a first book on knots, and for most people it will really be all that they ever need, except for the sliding loop knot omission.
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Format: Paperback
This book is much more than just how to tie knots. Rope construction, care, storing, and handling techniques are also clearly presented.
The use of colored illustrations is capitalized on superbly. Different colored ropes are used to maximum effect where appropriate to give a clear picture of how a properly tied knot should look.
Knots are grouped by type. Instructions for each knot are presented succintly, with steps and well chosen words accompanied with colored photographs showing hand positions with the ropes. (There is a nice touch of cultural diversity just simply there unobtrusively in the hands.) Anyone can readily learn how to tie any of these knots without having to read and re-read instructions.
The relative pros and cons of similar knots are included.
Even if one were never to tie any of these knots, one could derive pleasure from looking at the beautiful illustrations and the ingenious variety of knots that we humans have invented for specific applications. Just leafing through this book gives one a sense of mankind's history and the technological evolution that necessitated we design these knots for quite practical, and in some cases, esthetic reasons.
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This is overall a good book, with some interesting knots and useful illustrations. At times, however--more frequently than is acceptable--I have found the instructions a little too telegraphic and the illustrations completely mysterious. For instance, the illustrations sometimes seem to change orientation from one step to the next with no word of warning. At other times, critical parts of the knot are obscured by a hand of the person holding it. The descriptions sometimes give me the feeling that small but crucial operations have been left out, as if they belonged to the author's unconscious "muscle memory" and he never thought to include them. For example, it seems to me that it is topologically imposible ;-) to produce the Turqouise Turtle (pg. 52) following the the instructions and illustrations. You just can't get from step 3 to 4 without some missing manipulation of the rope.
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