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
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
- 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.
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!)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating book for our eleven year old great-gradnson. Thank you!Published 8 months ago by William Brown
Originally purchased for my nephew, then my son saw it and he wanted his own copy! Great colour photos you'd never believe there were so many knots you could make, quite... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bigpigsmum
I'm usually a bit suspicious of any book billed as "the Ultimate Guide to ..." but on this case I have to say that this book has a great selection of useful knots, sound... Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by Literate Hamster
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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