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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, beautifully illustrated, simple instructions, 11 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: The Handbook of Knots (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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Initial post: 28 Jan 2008 22:39:46 GMT
Sounds like this review has been written by the writer or publisher.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2009 12:13:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2009 12:14:44 BDT
A. Deacon says:
Possibly. This is always a risk with Amazon reviews. But whilst I felt it was a good review, I didn't feel it had been written by a professional. It didn't flow. Also, it uses American spelling. So you might expect there would be an identical review on Amazon.com - the US site. There isn't. And the review mis-spells "succinctly" and "aesthetic". Many other reviews, on both Amazon.co.uk and on Amazon.com rate the book highly. I think this review is legit.
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