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Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work Hardcover – March 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0870330216 ISBN-10: 0870330217 Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 690 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 4 edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870330217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870330216
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.6 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great reference after you have learned the basics.
Nicholas J. Nelsen
I knotted a macrame cross for the patriarch of Egypt using only this book.
Walter R. Taylor
I purchased this book for my ironworker son rather than give up my copy.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1998
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By aybeseas on October 25, 2001
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Schmidbauer on December 30, 1999
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Butterfield on December 20, 2003
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cory Johnson on April 10, 2000
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lehman on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I mostly concur in fellow IGKT member Joe Schmidbauer's review, I will emphasize that this large book is by no means helpful in learning how to use knots/rope. It contains many errors and usually is bereft of any guidance on WHY a certain knot is shown. Further, its images are often hard to discern.

2011 update: The more I've referred and looked into this book, the more disgusted I've become at how appallingly bad it is re any practical knotting. I leave my rating at Two Stars only because there seems to be some value to it asserted by decorative/fancy knot tyers, and I'm not interested in trying to assess that value (though I would ask about whether the accuracy or lack of is any different than the bad state it is for practical knots). Page after page, Plate after Plate of often bad/unclear photographs, one will be continually asking "Why is THIS supposed 'knot' presented?!" Seldom --SELDOM-- does the text provide anything helpful. And the supposed knots mostly exist only in the minds of the authors and these pages; many are quite comical, as are the names given to them. In sharp contrast, Ashley at least provides some information about most of what he presents, and his collection has knots that actually work.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have loved this book since I first checked it out from the library. It was my first book of knots. The photos are beautiful. I would recomend it for anyone who loves knots and splicing.
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