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Knots (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

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7 Feb 2005 Collins Gem

A clear introduction to the world of knots, from the practical to the decorative. Illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to master over 50 knots.

Step-by-step instructions to tying over 50 knots from the essential to the decorative. A practical guide for sailers, moutaineers and campers as well as those who would like to try their hand at more decorative knots.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New Ed edition (7 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007190107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007190102
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Step-by-step instructions to tying over 50 knots from the essential to the decorative. A practical guide for sailers, moutaineers and campers as well as those who would like to try their hand at more decorative knots.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the knots you'll ever need. 25 Oct 2001
By red_monkey VINE VOICE
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A top little book with clear instructions and colour photos of all the basic knots. The only trouble with the book is that as it's so small, it's very difficult to keep the pages open whilst you are trying to tie a new knot.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners 11 July 2010
By J.P
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The book literally fits into the palm of your hand. But you'd be surprised how clear the photos are. It's so easy to follow. Before I read this I knew how to tie 2 different knots, 5 hours later, I mastered an extra eight, only 24 left to go!
If I managed to learn this fast then it MUST be a good book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful little book! 24 July 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to entertain grandchildren on a long flight - it certainly did that! Do not forget to purchase a few pairs of bootlaces in different colours beforehand.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy 2 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This pocket sized book is a useful little extra, but I'm not sure who it's aimed at. Anyone who uses knots in the outdoors environment will learn all the knots they need before heading out, so they don't have to consult a book in an emergency situation. Having said that, there are some knots in here which are not covered in other books, but they are mostly decorative. For a much more useful 'tool', look at John Shaw's 'The Directory of Knots'. It covers a great many knots, with easy instructions, and (for those who are interested) a history of many of the knots he includes (etymology etc). If you require a pocket book, the Collins is good - otherwise the Directory of Knots will sit open on it's own while you practice at home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Feb 2011
By Miro
Format:Paperback
Excellent book for anyone who wants to learn practical every day knots. Just an excellent size to carry in the backpack as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheepshank Redemption 20 Nov 2012
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Decent beginner's guide on how to tie some basic knots. It provides step-by-step photos/instructions and multiple knot variations in some cases, e.g. bowline, double bowline. It also briefly explains what the knot's used for.
There's a section on decorative knots at the end which I mostly didn't bother with, but learned all the rest so the instructions work.
It probably goes without syaing that no string/rope of any kind included with book so you may have to buy some too. Couldn't possibley advise what's best although I can tell you that I used a length of about 80cms of webtex para cord which is relatively cheap and worked fine, though ends start to become frayed after a while. It's so cheap though, you can just cut the ends off or cut another length without losing any sleep.
I found I needed to practise tying new knots about 5 times before I stood a chance of remembering how to do it.
The book's fun, a good travelling companion, and could actually be useful one day; of course definitely useful if you're due to go camping or on expedition somewhere.
I'd definitely recommend this book to children aged ~9 upwards, and of course adults with a leaning to this kind of thing(if they like Ray Mears, they'll probably like this!).
One of the more applicable/useful Collins gem books in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To few knots 30 May 2012
By Duncvr4
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This contains classic knots in a easy to follow format but there are so many more useful knots which could have been included. Also I think it needs more on what the knot is useful for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knots review 15 April 2012
By jon
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i purchased this book and was quite impressed with it, it is however very small in size, approx 4inches by 3 inches. this ended up being an asset as you can easily fit it in your pocket. the book is easy to follow and has many different types of knots both practical and ornamental. you can not be robbed at this price and everyone should have the basics of tying good knots for a variety of different occasions. when the girlfriend wont let you watch the football for instance!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Knot to be ignored...... (sorry)
Handy little book for learning a few knots. Everyone should learn knots and this book would be a good start.
Published 24 days ago by Fitzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Hours of entertainment. A handy small size but this doesn't detract from the information within.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs F. L Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected
You do not expect from such a small book to contain every knot possible but i think the selection of knots is poor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by enterlezi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
All Collins Gem books are very useful, informative and good value for money. I have approximately seventeen on my bookshelves.
Published 4 months ago by mike jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very useful book, Helpful to me in finding the right knot for the job in hand. thoroughly recommend to anyone.
Published 5 months ago by John Braybrook
2.0 out of 5 stars book too small
you need eyes like a hawk to read this small book, it is that tiny that when the pages are turned over you have to bend the book edges of the pages over to facilitate being able to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ABl
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy guide to knots. Great for beginners.
Easy guide to knots. Easy to learn knots with detail of the knots for easy knot making. Don't think you could knot do a knot if you tried.
Published 6 months ago by carl tuckwood
4.0 out of 5 stars book
iv found the book a little too small. when im doing the knots the pages are hard to keep open. the contence is real good.
Published 7 months ago by john stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Knots book
Bought as a stocking filler and it was very well received! Handy small size that is very informative. Good buy.
Published 7 months ago by mkb
5.0 out of 5 stars Knots made simple
A great little book. I was having great difficulty trying to demonstrate different knots to my son until we had this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Allen Seldon
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