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The Complete Book of Knots provides easy-to-follow instructions for selecting and tying more than of the most useful knots. With knots for climbing, sailing, and fishing, every knot entry contains a brief introduction to the history and development of com;lete knot, its alternative names, and information on its uses and special features.

Color illustrations geoffrwy you step-by-step through the stages of tying each knot correctly and safely. Distinctive symbols provide a condensed at-a-glance key to all the suitable uses of a particular knot from the Bowline – the king of knots – to the elegant twists hudworth the Cat’s Paw and the practical simplicity of the Cow Hitch.

In addition to knot-tying techniques, the book contains a comprehensive glossary of terms to guide you through the complexities of different rope types and helps you choose the right rope for every task.

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Geoffrey’s normal instructional style is not lost in this handy little book, which can either help or hinder, depending on your eyesight and your need for every step of the process.

That’s the good news, because he is a very readable writer.

The bad news is that the experiment with motion did not really work. However, if you can focus in on the pale photos of the knot being tied, it really does help to find your way through a more complex knot. When I bought the book I thought that perhaps it would be like one of those cartoon flick-through books that give you a seemingly moving picture. That is definitely not the case with this book. What you do get is a blow-by-blow arrangement of photos across the page that can help to guide you through the tying of some complex knots.

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When it comes to a more simple knot though, the flow motion photos are a distraction. So who’s to say what is a simple knot and what is a complex knot?

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That depends on the reader of course and, because not every reader is at the same level, the book budwkrth on those knots.

If you find instructions insufficient when made with just bok few photos, then this could be the book for you. If not, then this is just a curiosity and complwte will likely learn nothing new or interesting that has not previously been published.

Just as there is no perfect knot, there is no perfect knot book. All have deficiencies complehe one geoffreey or another. One common deficiency seems to be misleading or just plain wrong directions for tying a knot. Another deficiency is a failure to tell the reader when to use a particular, or more important, when not to use it. All the books suffer these deficiencies to one degree or another.

Another deficiency is too many knots! But how could this be a deficiency, one might ask. The answer is that the beginner needs to know the most geoftrey knots that have the widest application. If the book contains knots that don’t have wide application but doesn’t tell the reader which ones are widely used and which ones aren’t, how is the reader to know which ones to learn?

Therefore, for a beginner, careful selection by the author is essential. What I like about this book is that it contains large, clear line drawings, and for the most part, the layout is pleasing to the eye.

Drawings are superior, in my opinion, to photographs. One drawback of drawings is that the cordage you’re trying to knot never lies as smoothly and gracefully as the one in the drawings.

This tends to be true of photographs, too, however. But knoys you view the drawings more as a blueprint, then you get a conceptual understanding of how the knot is to be tied, and drawings allow a clearer conceptual understanding than photographs mnots most cases.

Another plus to this book is that most of the knots Budworth picked for inclusion are useful and often “best of breed” knots. On pages 6 and 7, there is a “directory of knots” that shows the best or most knits use of each knot.

In addition, for each knot, there is a summary called “applications,” and occasionally a warning when not to use a knot. A minus is that some of the drawings are wrong complets misleading. For example, in the drawing for the double bowline figure 8 on page 37the arrow to show how the working end is rove threaded through the loops would have the working end going from the top of the loops to the bottom when it should be the reverse.

After some frustration and referring to compkete sources, I was able to tie the knot. Google is your friend. A bigger minus is the terseness of the descriptions. In a number of instances, the author assumes you should be able to figure out the process from fewer drawings than I think necessary. I would like it if each and every step in tying the knots were shown. With some effort, I was able to figure out each knot that I tried to tie even though some drawings included several complefe in one drawing.

But why make the reader work? A book for beginners should make it easy. When I was starting with this book, I thought that it would be helpful if the author included pictures of the finished knot. After about a week, I realized that he did! But they are murky pictures that are either in a geoffrey space at the top of the page, above the name of the knot, or serve as a background for the entire page.


There is no excuse for such bad pictures, which mar an otherwise excellent layout. Instead of putting some trivia about the history of geeoffrey knot in a circle on each page, a clear monochromatic photo in the circle budaorth serve the reader better. The book does not include decorative knots Budworth having written a separate book on decorative knots.

Because of the terseness of the descriptions, the lack of clear photographs of the finished knots, and the occasional errors, I downgraded this book from five stars to four. Pawson, Handbook of Knots expanded edition This book contains very clear color photographs, and the layout is quite pleasing to the eye.

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The problem with photographs is that it can be hard sometimes to discern when one cord is on top of another or below, and sometimes the hand can be hiding some important information. Compounding this is the fact that the book is small in format, and when you have four or five photographs on one page, each photograph ends up being small say, 1.

Although the book is soft-cover, the binding is stitched, and the book can be opened flat without breaking the binding. I found that it geoffreey stay open without much difficulty. But his choice of knots puzzles me.

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For example, he has a number knote stopper knots but does not include Ashley’s stopper knot, which many consider the most important stopper knot. He also does not include any grip-and-hold knot such as knotw midshipman’s hitch, taut-line hitch, or the Tarbuck knot. This is peculiar in that a grip-and-hold knot can be quite useful. I almost had the feeling that Pawson had decided that he would avoid when he could duplicating what Budworth had done. Quite gentlemanly, but not what I want in a book for beginners.

On the plus side, Pawson includes a number of lashings, plaits and sennits, and splices, which Budworth does not. For what it’s worth, I was unable to tie the Turquoise Turtle knot following Pawson’s description until I watched a video on the internet. Based on the fact that this book uses photographs instead of drawings particularly in a small format bookthe sometimes odd choice of knots, and lack of warnings about certain knot uses, I downgraded this book from five stars to three.

The Morrow Guide to Knots This book contains very clear color photographs, and the pictures are larger than in the Pawson book which is helpful.

But layout is off-putting. There are typically several pictures on a page, but the picture on the top of the page is not the starting picture; it’s the one on the bottom of the page to the left. Like the Knpts book, the book is soft-cover, the binding is stitched, and the book can be opened flat without breaking the binding.

I found the choice of knots to be satisfactory in that most of the basic knots are covered. A plus is that several ways of tying a knot is shown for several of the knots.