If there is one thing I love, it’s a good knot. I’ve been in love with knots since I was a kid in Cub Scouts. I honestly don’t know why I have such a fondness of these things, although I will tell you that I also love locks and safes. Oh yeah, and chains. Since these are all related and stemmed in security, perhaps I have a few issues. I don’t mind though because knots are the best and you can never know too many. They’re good for all sorts of things, especially when you’re out hiking, camping or bushcrafting. They can come in handy at any time.
I recently purchased a book that offers instructions for how to tie over 200 knots. It’s called The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework and it was written by Geoffrey Budworth.
After browsing through the book for a while, I can tell you that it’s a decent resource. It’s got pages that are clear and easy to understand and it offers beautiful color photographs. And the best part is that it somewhat describes each and every knot it displays. At the front of each section is an explanation of that type of knot. Examples of knot types (or groups) would be bends, hitches, bindings and loops. The book also talks about mats, plaits, rings and slings.
I bought this book used on Amazon.com for $1.96 and $3.99 shipping. I though that was a steal when I saw it online and now that I’ve received it, I know it was a steal. The book looks brand new. I think I may have already gotten my money’s worth out of it because I used one of the knots from the book this morning. I was tying a piece of paracord to a new ferro rod I recently purchased and instead of using my common go-to Two Strand Overhand Knot to attach the rope to itself in a loop, I decided to go with a more adventurous and slightly more complex Overhand Bend Knot. Don’t worry, I’ll be explaining each and every knot that’s in this book and every other resource I come across, right on this blog. I’ll also add some descriptions to the outdoors forum as well.
For now, check out my handiwork from this morning. Here’s my first knot.
While this is a finished knot that’s all tight and difficult to see, the knots I’ll be sharing instructions for will be step by step. I can’t wait to get going on those.
Before I end this post, I would like to comment on a review that was left for this book on Amazon. The reviewer claimed that the book fails to discuss “or explain a knot’s function and usefulness, or why one particular knot may be more suitable, stronger or safer than another.” After flipping through its pages and reading some of its excerpts, I have to somewhat agree with this reviewer. I was actually looking for this type of commentary and unfortunately, it’s not there in any extensive manner. I would have loved to have learned about potential uses of each knot. I’m not saying there’s no discussion, just not any one that’s in-depth. That’s why I’ll be purchasing more books on how to tie knots in the future. Hopefully in person. But overall, this book looks great. It’s well laid out and it’s very clear. It’s just missing a few things. It’s perfect for the beginner hobbyist like me.
Remember though, I’m always looking for the best book on knots, so if you know of any, please let me know. Thanks!