The Complete Book of Knotsby Geoffrey Budworth
The Complete Book of Knots provides easy-to-follow instructions for selecting and tying more than 100 of the most useful knots. With knots for climbing, sailing, and fishing, every knot entry contains a brief introduction to the history and development of the knot, its alternative names, and information on its uses and special features. Color illustrations guide you step-by-step through the stages of tying each knot correctly and safely. Distinctive symbols provide a condensed at-a-glance key to all the suitable uses of a particular knot from the Bowline - the king of knots - to the elegant twists of the Cat's Paw and the practical simplicity of the Cow Hitch. In addition to knot-tying techniques, the book contains a comprehensive glossary of terms to guide you through the complexities of different rope types and helps you choose the right rope for every task. (7 1/2 X 10 1/4, 160 pages, photos, color illustrations, charts, icons)
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Disappointing. It didn't take long to discover numerous diagram errors, and the illustrated steps often seemed to 'skip' some instruction(s). Admittedly, there are indeed many interesting and useful knots presented, but he grandiose title of 'Complete Book...' should be reserved for much, much more voluminous efforts. This is not a large book. 'Arrow' usage was often not interpretable. Lastly, and most annoying, the color of the lettering is often so close to the page color that it's quite a chore to read.