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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework: Knots and Ropes for All Pursuits from Sailing and Fishing to Camping and Climbing Hardcover – 1 Apr 1999

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859679110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859679111
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.7 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
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.
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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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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 several knots. With this book it’s very easy to remember some of the typical seaman knots but also the others used for climbing and for normal garden/household.
- People who see it in my living room seem to have a lot curiosity about this book, and ask me always if they may open it and try to make some knots (I have some rope near it!).
- Very good quality pictures and explanation for each knot and for what it is used for.
- Good investment compared to others with less quality.
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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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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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