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Knots and How to Tie Them Hardcover – July 21, 1993


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More than 75 knots and their uses. Hobbyists, decorators and tricksters will treasure this collection of useful, decorative and magic knots. From simple hitches to complex lariats, trick knots and rope tricks with step-by-step illustrations and instructions. Illustrations throughout. 144 pages.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy; Revised edition (July 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517093693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517093696
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Al the Pal on June 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was originally published in 1961 and I suspect, parts of it appeared in "The Boy Scout Handbook" during the 60's. It covers a large variety of knots and tricks, too. Each subject is accompanied by hand drawn pictures of the knot being described as well as a clear description of how to tie it. Two rope knots are illustrated with one dark and one light strand to make them clearer. Uses and nicknames of the various knots are also included. The knots are divided into sections in the book, arranged by similarity of application.
This is a great reference for anyone who works with rope, from a Boy Scout to a Sailor. Teamsters all use ratcheting nylon straps now, but the original method of tieing down with ropes can be learned in this book. There are knots for Cowboys, Fishermen and Magicians. Even Decorators could learn a few fancy knots here. There are dozens of knots here for many purposes.
When you order this book, get a rope, or two!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NameWithheld on December 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Maybe 40 years ago this passed for a book on knots, not today. With so many good books about knots and ropework available, there is absolutely no reason to get this one. I felt cheated out of my money when I actually started to go through the book in detail. The illustrations don't match the text, and in some cases are just plain wrong. I collect books on ropework, knots and rigging and currently own dozens. This is the first one I considered throwing away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cox on January 4, 2002
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A good selection of knots, but some illustrations have errors. Other problems: there is a picture of each knot as it's being laid, but not of the knot as it appears when dressed (tightened) -- this can make a huge difference for some of them. Also, the text doesn't tell you how to use the knot, what it's good for, or when you might want to use it.
This is not a bad intro book, all in all, but I'd be happier with something more thorough, better illustrated, and with more detailed text.
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Format: Hardcover
This handy book features step-by-step drawings that show how to tie more than 75 different knots. At the beginning of each chapters there is an explanation of the specific uses of the knots covered on it.

The book describes three main type of knots; Knots, Hitches, and Bends. It then presents more detailed variations of those styles: Decorative knots, lariats, trick knots, and what the author calls spectacular knots.

There are more comprehensive books on knots at a higher price, but all in all this is a Good reference at a good price.
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