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The Klutz Book of Knots Spiral-bound – Illustrated, 29 Jul 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 21 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz; New Edition edition (29 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591748089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591748083
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 basic knots and one rope trick in a wonderful little book that tells you everything you need to know about knots in your daily life. Think you know already? Read this book and think again. The book's die-cut pages are made of cardboard and two pieces of rope are included so you can follow the clear and concise instructions on the opposite page to find your way around. Text and illustrations are very well done, giving a good value for your money.
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What a brilliant book.

The diagrams are really clear and easy to follow, which is difficult to achieve and rarely done well with this sort of thing! It contains pages of thick card with holes placed to allow you to practice the knots - genius. Well designed and thought out, very practical throughout. Simple and colourful without being childish.
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This clever little book teaches you to tie 24 basic knots that between them cover all the situations you are likely to meet in everyday life. No specialised sailing or mountaineering, no show-off elaborations, just knots for doing ordinary things. The author explains clearly what situation each is suited for. The instructions are mostly visual, using words only for tricky passages. Each knot has a series of simple clear diagrams that show in stages what to do with the rope or ropes. There is also a photograph of each finished knot. This is where the special bit comes in -- the book is also a workshop provided with all the materials you need to learn and practise the knots. The red and blue lines you can see on the illustration of the cover are actually lengths of braided nylon cord, one red, one blue, that is friendly stuff for making and finishing your knots -- thick enough to see what you're doing; flexible enough to bend easily; not slippery, so it is easy to handle and doesn't fly apart as you go. In between the lessons are pages made of stiff board with special holes cut in it suitable for making each particular knot. The holes are placed alongside lifesize photo illustration of the knot made in the same cord. So you can see what it should look like and have an experiment available to reproduce it. Brilliant! The publishers say it is not intended for children under the age of three. I hadn't realised it was meant to be a kids' book. I can say it is suitable for children from three to eighty-three.
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I spent two weeks touring the Greek Islands, drinking Ouzo and tying knots. The book is very clear and you get two pieces of rope to practice with too!
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By A Customer on 25 Jun. 1998
I took this book on a couple of flights with me, inside of a couple of hours I had the knots I need for practically anything.
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Ok, so tying knots is not rocket science. But one day you might need a knot for reasons other than keeping your shoes on and stopping your dog from getting away. Like if you were going on a boat trip, which is why I got this book.

The tough cardboard pages are a really clever idea, as you get to practice your newly-found knot expertise by threading the included strings through the little holes. My only real complaint is that the instructions and diagrams aren't always that clear so it can take you a while to work out what to do.

But all-in-all it's a clever idea and a good way to learn your knots.
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