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Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work 4th ed. Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0870330216
ISBN-10: 0870330217
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 690 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 4th ed. edition (March 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870330217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870330216
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This, along with the Ashley Book of Knots, is one of the two "landmark" knot books. It belongs in the library of the serious knot researcher, but should not be the first or even second item in a new collection. That honor must go to Ashley.
This is not a guide for beginners. Most knots are photographed complete and tight, with precious little material on tying steps. Even expert tyers will find some of the photos dificult to follow. Organization is often poor, with knots of completely different appearance and use sometimes on the same page.
On the other hand, the sections on multi-strand knots, splicing, plaits, and decorative knotting are among the finest ever done, but again illlustrated directions are sparse.
Definitely find a copy and take a good look at this book, but make sure it is what you want before purchasing.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at a junk store about 40 years ago when I was 10 years old. (My copy is 1958). I don't know what it was about the book that caught my eye and convinced me to part with what little cash money I might have had, but out of that purchase has come a lifetime of pleasure playing with ropes. It is not a "first book on knots" by any means ... it's often a discouraging decipher but therin lies the fun. I don't know how many "new knots" I have come up with while trying to figure out one of their illustrations. For the serious knot-head only.
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Format: Hardcover
This book must be approached for what it is: a museum of knotwork. Here you will find as complete a collection of knots and fancy ropework as you will see anywhere. It is not a good place for a beginner, but once you've learned the basics elsewhere, this is an invaluable guide to knot design and craftmanship. Not user friendly by any means. Learn its ways and means, though, and you will find yourself returning again and again to its crowded picture plates.
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Format: Hardcover
I asked Santa for this book.If I've been good this will be the third copy I've owened or possessed I should say, the first was on loan from a retired bosuns mate, I was hopping after a year or so he'd forget, he didn't. The second was from Santa, I worked trees and boats for twenty some years and "The Book" went every where with me but ultimatly was lost in a storage during a move (MIA). I can still turn a three strand turks head from memory and throw a half dozen bowlines but I miss my old friend especially the multistrand braids and tatting.The book is a wealth of information, sometimes it can be difficult to follow but after you under thier style of instruction it falls into place and goes pretty easy.I've only found a couple knots not covered but if I look hard enough and long enough I would find it's varient or it's great grandfather. This book is a must for anyone interested in knots and fancy ropework.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is definitly NOT for the beginner! However it is also NOT the musty old tome that many feel that it is. Aboard any modern merchant ship, this is a MUST HAVE... I have used it in solving countless mooring "splice and dice" problems!
At an intermediate or advanced level (or if you are a sailor by trade) ... Buy it!
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I bought this book hoping for knot instruction. Photographs of the knots instead of line drawings makes it easier to see how they are made. Having said that, the photos are soooo dark that you can't see most of them. Each knot is numbered with corresponding text. It tells you the name of the knot but not how to tie it. To me this book is useless. If you want a book that you can use, buy The Ashley Book of Knots.
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By Bjorn on August 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A very interesting book with a lot of photographs over knots and rope works. I think that many of the knots could be explained better, if you are interested of learning how to tie knots - there are better books. But this book is a great source of inspiration for the little more experienced knot tyer, a must have for the book shelf.

/Bjorn
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I got this book (soft cover) as a reference book to add to my library, and as a guide to learn new knots. Unfortunately this book has a huge flaw; it is very poorly printed! The best way to describe the awful quality is to say that it looks like someone took an original copy and used a 1990's era black & white photocopy machine to reprint it. The text is not sharp, and the pictures of knots are reproduced so poorly that even the simplest of knots becomes a hazy jumble of shadows and copy toner shading.

I can't speak for the quality of the hardcover version of this book, but since it is only ~$26, a low price for a hardcover of this size, I imagine that the only difference is the cover.

As far as the actual content of the book goes... First, this is not a book for beginners or anyone trying to learn knotting. There is little in the way of descriptions or step-by-step instruction for most knots, and the pictures (badly printed) are of finished knots, so reproducing anything other then the simplest knot is difficult at best. As for the experienced knot tier trying to learn new knots... this is not the book for you! As stated earlier, most knots have little if any instructions and the pictures make it next to impossible to figure out any of the more complicated knots.

My advice to anyone (beginner or expert) thinking of buying this book; is to save your money and buy Ashley Book of Knots, which is widely recognized as the definitive text on the subject of knotting.
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