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A Handbook of Knots and Knot Tying: A practical guide to over 200 tying techniques, comprehensively illustrated in over 1200 step-by-step photographs Paperback – March 16, 2012

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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 presentation of such evidences 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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780191162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780191164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I own this book and I am satisfied with it. The instruction is clear and the photos are very crisp. However, it covers a great deal of ground and is probably a bit dense for the average person who is just interested in learning some knots. It has either too many steps or too few. In some cases, the leap from one step in one photograph to the other is a big one and my teenage son can't follow some of the steps.
For those of you who you who really want to know just about everything there is to know about knots, try the highly regarded classic by Clifford Ashley. Just search "Ashley" on Amazon. It's the grandfather of all knot books. It's expensive but it's the best.
If you have a computer and are just interested in tying some common knots, you might want to try a CD-ROM that my scout troop purchased at a Boy Scouts district store. The CD-ROM provides surprisingly clear video instruction that shows every step to tie common knots. Young people seem to like it. Just do a search for "Beutner", the publisher, on Amazon. Or, get it cheaper through your Boy Scout district or catalog.
Finally, if you just want to learn how to tie a knot or two, but are less than motivated, just ask any group of scouts! They will love the attention -- and you'll get the knowledge for the price of paying attention.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LINDSEY PHILPOTT on December 28, 2003
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Geoffrey has outdone himself with this very handy book of knots. The illustrations are clear, the photos expand on the text and relate directly to it and his opening leaves no stone unturned in the knot-tying realm. Geoffrey's other books are good but this one really brings them all together in a very easy to access format. Great job of publishing and of writing!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Likes Literature on April 22, 2007
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I tie knots for fun and for use when I'm backpacking. I own several knot-tying books and have borrowed several others -- I bought this when I got tired of checking it out from the library. It is far and away the best book on knots that I've read. The pictures are beautiful and instructive, and the historical notes put the knots in perspective. Best of all, Budworth includes an amazing array of knots, from the standards to useful but largely unknown knots. This is a fun book to own, and very practical. I suggest buying the over-sized, hardback edition if you can find it: The illustrations are larger, and besides, you won't need buy any other books (don't worry, I don't know the author; I just love this book).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Heselton on February 1, 2007
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There are no multi-strand knots in this book, but there is a nice selection of bends, hitches and knots which cover many facets of knot tying. The pictures are clear and the descriptions precise. The book would be of benefit to beginners, who wish to advance to more complicated knotting and to those wishing to explore knots which post-date Ashley. It is also nicely printed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. on March 19, 2012
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This is the only book about knots that I own, so I can't honestly compare it to any other. But the information in the book is just not adequate. I get completely lost using the photographs because in between the steps the viewing angle can change 180 degrees. Sometimes the language is obtuse at best, talking about working end, and first and second knot, without ever clarifying what the heck it's talking about. Annotated drawings or pictures would have worked so much better. I suggest looking elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plain Servant on December 15, 2012
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I bought this knot book to learn different ways to tie down a load on my truck. There are some interesting knots in this book and they are illustrated to where it is easy to follow, but the type of knots I was looking for are not in this book. Most of these knots take a long time to tie. I would rate this as a general purpose knot book. I found the history lessons interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Rodino on January 12, 2012
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Bought this to learn how to properly tie knots for boating. Have only used a few, but they perform as advertised. Anchor knots and quick-release knots have been my main uses. There are a couple quick-release tie-off knots, but one of them will slip apart and set your boat adrift! After the first time it happens, you'll find the other knot that works perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Furpar on July 1, 2011
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I've read thru and experimented with many of the knots in here and it's always fun to use them in real world applications.
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