- 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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Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work 4th ed. Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
At an intermediate or advanced level (or if you are a sailor by trade) ... Buy it!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As expected..this was recommended to me and I am satisfied with all the detailed information I am looking for.Published 6 months ago by Mark Anthony Martinez
Great encyclopedia, must have if you are in to marlinspike seamanship.Published 10 months ago by Dave Honeycutt
Had this book while in the USN, gave my first copy to my G Grandson who was elected to captain of his boy scout knot tying group.Published 11 months ago by James F. Plummer
A classic I first read it back in the 1950s and have lusted for my own copy ever since. Now I own one.Published 14 months ago by Douglas W. St.Clair
This was a gift for a retired Coast Guardsman to recall his knowledge of knots. He was very pleased!Published 16 months ago by helen freese