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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Each of the knots described in this reference is clearly identified by category and step-by-step instructions and colour photographs explain how to tie or splice them. The author also includes information on ropes, their strengths and their uses.' ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Lorenz Books
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Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-book
A direct clone of A Handbook of Knots and Knot Tying: Over 200 Techniques by the same author. Other than the cover, everything about this book is the same: layout, copy, photos.

Still counting it as read.
Kevin  Selzer
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Enthusiastic knot-tyers
Recommended to Kevin by: George 'Bear' Armbruster
I've quite a collection of knot books, and I would say that this is the best of them. Of course it doesn't have the sheer volume of Ashley's and yes there is that obligatory first chapter about rope strength and different types that will go ignored - we're here for the knots afterall - but even that is quite readable. The book gives a good selection of knots, including both those very useful and those useful for showing off with as they're quite unusual. There's also a key that gives the general ...more
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource if you need to know how to tie a carrick bend.
Terry Bell
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our son is in Boy Scouts so this comes in handy. I also learned a few decorative knots so I can say I have truly enjoyed it!
Michal Paszkiewicz
An excellent collection of knots, hitches, plaits, lashings and anything else you may want to do with a rope. Many of the knots were new to me and were very interesting in their functions. Tying the knots as I went through the book, I was particularly excited to learn the icycle hitch, which can hold of a verticle spike with a declining side (e.g. an icycle).

However, I was slightly disappointed by the fact that in some of the pictures (which were generally great), it was not clear which end was
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best knot book I could find.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This could also be named "The Ultimate Guide to Extreme Geekiness," but it is still a great reference book. Ever wanted to make a pair of twine sandals? Baffled at how to keep that set of 40-lb. dumbbells from rolling around in the bed of your truck? Need a way to keep that kidnapped wildebeest restrained while preserving your living room from destruction? This book is the answer to your prayers. Everyone should own it, and the fact that it is always a tempting find on the Barnes and Nobles barg ...more
Shane Simmons
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
A fine reference to some very useful knots. There are thousands of knots, but this guide focuses on a relative handful that are the most useful.

The illustrations are beautiful. This book is as much a work of art as it is a reference guide.
While not exactly the "ultimate" in knot books, it is still a worthwhile addition to library.
Oct 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knots, craft
I won't call it the Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots. The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots would be Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford Ashley. However, this book is glossy and easy on the eyes. It could act as a good coffee table book with actually useful content. ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. A great book.
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Knot for (k)nothing is this book the bees knees of books about knots. How to tie knots with simple, helpful photographs. Tie up your loose ends today!
Kris Minnich
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent illustrations for learning or refreshing your knot tying skills. The whole book is colorful and laid out well. A must have for boaters, hikers, and campers.
Aug 16, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I need to learn my knots for boating!
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Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
for knot lovers everywhere.
Jim Wilcox
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite knot books. "Ultimate?" No way (only Ashley can make this claim).

More detailed review to follow.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I love the easy to follow instructions and step by step illustrations in this book.
Alastair Lack
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book. Beautifully illustrated.
Don Gubler
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent source of more knots.
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Geoffrey Budworth co-founded the International Guild of Knot Tyers in 1982 and regularly contributes to its quarterly journal, Knotting Matters. He’s been described as “the father of forensic knotting” and occasionally gives evidence in court as an expert witness of knots found at crime scenes. Budworth is a well-known personality and author in the world of knots.

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