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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Geoffrey Budworth
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1 Oct 2009
There are several thousand knots in existence and an almost infinite number of variations of these. This reference manual and practical handbook presents over 200 knots, illustrating how to tie them in step-by-step photographs and clear, detailed text. These include familiar knots, such as the simple overhand or thumb knot, but there are also more challenging knots. Each set of instructions is clearly written and accompanied by precise photographs that take you through every step of tying the knot. Whether you are an eager beginner or a lifelong devotee of the satisfying art of knot-tying, this handbook will prove an absorbing and indispensable guide.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844768910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844768912
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 21.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Budworth is a prolific writer and an influential name on the knotting scene. Twenty-five years ago he promoted the systematic evaluation of knotted clues preserved at scenes of crime, and the subsequent presenation of such evidence in the courts, which has resulted in him being called 'the Father of Forensic knotting'. In 1982 he co-founded the International Guild of Knot Tyers and is a past President of the Guild as well as a frequent contributor to its quarterly magazine Knotting Matters.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is not a book for the complete beginner who seeks only to learn a dozen knots for a dozen purposes and no more. The nearest you'll get to that is Knots (Klutz). Nor is it, as the title claims, an "Ultimate Encyclopedia". If you want that, you want Ashley's Book of Knots. But you don't want Ashley's book - whilst complete and authoritative, it's the knotting geek's equivalent of a telephone directory.

The book you are considering is a book for the complete beginner who wants to learn a few basic knots, but who is also interested in exploring beyond the reef knot, the clove hitch, and the bowline. (Which is a good thing - these basic knots are often neither as secure nor as strong as people generally believe). It's also a book for the person who already has the basic knots under his belt, and wants to learn more. It's a book for anyone who takes pleasure in the physical tying of knots and in their simple (sometimes) beauty.

The knots are arranged by type - bend, hitch, binding, loop, decorative etc rather than by typical user - climber, sailor, fisherman etc. This makes sense as some knots will be useful to more than one type of user. But each knot has a climbing ' sailing ' fishing etc icon next to it to indicate usefulness.

All the old favourites such as the bowline are there, plus variants - eg double bowline, water bowline, 6 other bowlines, and a justification, where appropriate, for bothering with their increased complexity. Sometimes, as in the case of the granny knot, the thief knot, and the grief knot, the justification is so that you can recognise a bad knot when you see it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent value but slightly confusing 4 April 2012
By Alex
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First things first, as a mountaineer and caver I work with knots quite a bit; I was looking for a book which would give me a good overview over a basic set of knots (i.e. slimmer & lighter on the purse than Ashley's bible).
And this book fits the bill rather nicely, informative, beautifully illustrated, managable volume.

There is, of course, one "however". The illustrations confused me slightly as I tried to tie knots that were new to me I found the pictures counterintuitive; repeating knots that I knew very well it dawned upon me that the auther is most likely left-handed. The instructions are still easy to follow; however, I had to come up with the right-hand tying version of knots that I wanted to learn. Not too taxing, really.

The book might therefore be less useful to the right-handed novice, but might be of particular appeal to the lefties out there? (I don't actually know if the author is left-handed, that's really pure speculation on my part!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Cookbook for ropework.. 31 Dec 2010
I think the price, and the book, is amazing. It is well over A4 in size and has really clear, colour photos on practically every page. Brightly coloured ropes, as well as lovely old hemp ones, illustrate each knot, bend, hitch or binding beautifully. It reminds me of those sumptuous cookbooks where they do a great job of the photography so that just the images set your mouth watering. Photographically it is a work of art. On the practical side each item has a set of symbols at the top of the page to indicate the use of the item, ie camping, boating, climbing, angling, domestic etc. Of course the text expands on this as well. this a very practical book as
well as an attractive one.
The symbols are very helpful although I have found one or two ideas apparently reserved for other pursuits which I
would happily use on a boat.
My copy was bought in a National Trust bookshop for 4.99 although its not much more on Amazon. If I had to guess I would have priced this book at around 25 to 30. I have other good books on the subject but there is plenty of room for this one. I am writing this review as a sailor. I cannot comment about its use for climbing knots but it seems to address these and discuss their uses and limitations. If you like ropework you will like this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the ultimate book 11 Jan 2014
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This book is OK if you want a good introductory guide to knots and tying them. However, it does omit several of the knots I find most useful (Siberian Hitch being an example). If you are a sailor or an angler then this will suit you more than someone interested in bushcraft or just having a set of useful knots available.

One thing that is sadly lacking (in other knot books too) is guidance on when you would use the various knots. There are many hitches shown, but no guidance on when you would use one over another, unless your particular use happens to be in the name of one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knots 4 Nov 2013
By John
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A well priced and informative book covering neary all your knot tying requirements.
It was purchased as a second hand book but looks brand new. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 Aug 2013
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Full of great information, instructions and pictures. Most of the knots you'll ever need are here and a few others besides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 10 July 2013
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great description and easy to follow photo,s and large selection of different knots just what you want if you want to tie knots
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and informative
I think that this book is a good buy for several reasons:
- Almost twenty five years ago I was in the Navy (Portuguese Marines) and at the time, during training, we learned... Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars knots and ropework
i chose this rating because i brought it to help teach sea cadets how to tie special knots that they would need on a boat/ ship, the book was in excellent condition and very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Petra Mortimer
3.0 out of 5 stars usefull but
there is plenty of useful info about what rope use but the book does not have the climbers not and as I'm a falconer i would have liked if it had the falconers not unfortunately it... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Knot to be missed
Been wanting to gen up on knots for a while now, so much to learn, but the photos help a lot. Get a bit confused when the descriptions are a bit light and have to keep refering to... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by J. C. Riddle
4.0 out of 5 stars get knotted
No matter what your job is,there comes a time when you have to secure an object, tie a parcel,tow a vehicle
or lash down luggage when going on holiday. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by R. Preece
5.0 out of 5 stars Knot a guide but a bible.
A superb anthology of knots and all related things both simple and devious that one can do with a rope. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2009 by Brazen Charter
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