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#91136 - 02/23/08 11:13 PM Looking for a Knot handbook
dhock83 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 30
Loc: Southeast Ohio
If u know of a good knot handbook let me know
I would like a good quick release knot for camping. Something strong yet a quick release and any other knots that you always use and live by. I love knowledge of any kind, a person can never know enough!!!


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#91137 - 02/24/08 08:45 AM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
Pika Offline
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Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
Try:
Chapman's Nautical Guides, Knots. Brian Toss. 1990. Hearst Marine Books-William Morrow and Co. NY. ISBN 0-688-09415-5 More than you really want to know about knots.
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#91138 - 02/24/08 02:02 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
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Chapter 9 of Mountaineering The Freedom of the Hills has great info on climbing specific knots. Lots of other good info too.
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#91139 - 02/24/08 02:58 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
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#91140 - 02/24/08 03:54 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
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Loc: Eugene , Oregon
Check out the boy scout handbook...lots of knots.
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#91141 - 02/24/08 07:58 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: bigfoot2]
Earthling Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
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Loc: USA
Surprised no one spammed him with the whole list from Amazon <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#91142 - 02/25/08 09:12 AM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
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Registered: 04/17/06
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Loc: Dallas, TX
dhock83:

Here's probabably way more than you wanted to know from a sailor/hiker:

My all-time favorite of a multitude of knot books owned is The Morrow Guide to Knots for sailing, fishing, camping, climbing, an illustrated book by Mario Bigon and Guido Regazzoni translated from Italian (apparently there is a long tradition of slow food, great wine AND knot-making in Italy.) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif" alt="" />

I'm left-handed and have long-been line- & knot-challenged and I've used this book repeatedly onboard. It was first published in 1982, but you can still get it at West, or Amazon. This little book has 650 color photos of how to do about any knot.

(Antecdote: The book is even quite funny -- for 10 year olds. We did a week sail in the Keys with friends with 9 & 10 year old boys onboard. One evening they were in their bunks hysterically laughing while reading Morrows Guide. Huh? We wondered how they could find that so funny. Seems that they were amused by the stone-faced author on pages 242-245 apparently showing how to make a knotted rope to hang himself. Guess you had to be 10 to get it.)
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(And Goatpacker, thanks for that site with the animated knot-making -- more help for the knot-challenged.) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
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#91143 - 02/25/08 02:12 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: kevonionia]
Earthling Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
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Loc: USA
I have a knot sickness...7 books and counting, including that one Kev' <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />
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#91144 - 02/25/08 07:17 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
obi96 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/07
Posts: 10
Loc: Vermont
Be careful what you wish for, The Ashley book of knots has almost 4000 to choose from,

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#91145 - 02/25/08 08:50 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
Jimshaw Offline
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Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 3938
Loc: Bend, Oregon
dhock

Hi, I noticed that No One asked you why you are looking, as in what you actually need or want? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> Is it for a gift or perhaps, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> or maybe you want to know a cool knot to tie your boat to a bit, <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> or maybe you need to know camping knots? Or perhaps you like to rappel and want a safe knot? What exactly is your "ropework" requirement? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Besides that: Theres less than a dozen real useful normal application knots and bend and such that you do to ropes. Easy to name and easy to learn from any simple knot reference.

You need to know how to join the ends of two ropes together - often a fishermans knot. Combinations of figure eights can be used to join ropes or tie into the ends or middle. Square knots are the basis of the bow knot tied in your shoe and the basis of many other knots. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
square knots
figure eights
fishermans
hitches
You can do most things with those few. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> If you are a timber dude or a sailor <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> or a climber you can use more specialised knots for those purposes. Some knots can only be tied in certain materials and some materials can only be tied with special knots. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

So learn all 14,000 <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> or what ever, but the most important knot is one correctly tied that will hold, and simplicity can be a life saver. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Regardless of who leads up I am alays in charge of getting down. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />
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#113768 - 04/02/09 09:50 PM Re: Looking for a Knot handbook [Re: dhock83]
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Registered: 08/24/02
Posts: 95
Loc: Seattle, WA
An obscure but interesting option is The Alternative Knot Book by Harry Asher. It's a short book but it contains really good knots. Some you may have heard of, such as the Alpine Butterfly Loop used in climbing, but my personal favorite is the Zeppelin Knot which I'd certainly never heard of before.

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