Useful Knots

Overview

Whether on water, on land, or suspended in midair, many popular outdoor sports that encounter the elements require a knot for its reliability, strength, or ease of use. Geoffrey Budworth's book, Useful Knots, is an excellent resource for anglers, climbers, sailors, campers, and even people with general projects around the home.
Topics consist of a brief history of rope materials, how to distinguish a knot from a hitch or a bend, tips and techniques for each knot's construction, ...

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Overview

Whether on water, on land, or suspended in midair, many popular outdoor sports that encounter the elements require a knot for its reliability, strength, or ease of use. Geoffrey Budworth's book, Useful Knots, is an excellent resource for anglers, climbers, sailors, campers, and even people with general projects around the home.
Topics consist of a brief history of rope materials, how to distinguish a knot from a hitch or a bend, tips and techniques for each knot's construction, how to avoid fraying, and many more. Specific knots featured include the double overhand knot, pole hitch, Albright knot, Zeppelin bend, buntline hitch, cow hitch variation, World's Fair knot, bowline, cat's paw, Jansik special, and Alpine butterfly, among others.
With easy-to-follow diagrams and clear guidelines as to which knot is best suited for a certain activity, Useful Knots is a very handy reference.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Geoffrey Budworth and his other books on tying knots:

"Lucid illustrations and learned yet simple text."
—San Francisco Chronicle, on The Complete Book of Fishing Knots

"Over eighty ornamental and useful knots with easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrations. All knots serve useful purposes, but many of the more complicated ones also create appealing shapes and interwoven textures. "The Complete Book of Decorative Knots" contains easy-to-follow, expert instructions on how to tie over eighty knots, ranging from the simple to the elaborate."
—Ingram, on The Complete Book of Decorative Knots

"There have been other knot books on the market, but Geoffrey Budworth's Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Knots is more lavishly illustrated than most, providing hundreds of color photos and illustrations which tell the best way to tie a knot for particular uses. Over eighty of the world's most useful knots are well detailed in a fine home reference."
—Internet Book Watch, on The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knots

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286027
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,446,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Budworth is a cofounder of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. He is recognized as the world's leading authority on knots and has written more than a dozen books on the subject. He was responsible for updating and revising the classic knot guide, The Ashley Book of Knots.

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Excerpt from pg. 63:
Fixed loops are often used as temporary hitches, to tie up a boat or ship, because they can be cast off and reused without the need to untie and retie them. They are also used to begin parcel ties and other lashings or seizings. Anglers use loops for the start of any tackle system, while climbers employ them as life support or rescue knots.
Sliding loops—commonly referred to as nooses—must be used more selectively, as they will tighten when loaded, but may not readily slacken off again. Nooses that can be easily adjusted for size by hand, but which then lock up when loaded, make useful guy-lines for tents, flag poles and radio masts. They will also tension a washing line.

'The Bowline is the King of Knots because it is strong, secure, and versatile, as kings should be. And simple, as kings generally are.'
—Brian Toss, The Rigger's Apprentice, 1984

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