The Field Guide to Knots

The Field Guide to Knots

How to Identify, Tie, and Untie Over 80 Essential Knots for Outdoor Pursuits

eBook - 2015
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A Fasten-ating Guide to Knots for Every Adventure! The perfect knot can make any job quicker, easier, and safer, whether you need to build a shelter, tether a horse, rappel down a cliff, or moor a boat. In The Field Guide to Knots, veteran outdoorsman Bob Holtzman helps you: Select and tie the right knot for any task Identify and untie existing knots Choose and maintain your rope, and more! With more than 80 time-tested knots and more than 600 color photos, this Field Guide is indispensible for backpackers, climbers, sailors, anglers, hunters, equestrians, and anyone else who's ever needed to change a sail, reposition a climbing rope, or splice a tent pole!
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The Experiment, [2015]
Copyright Date: 015
ISBN: 9781615192779
Branch Call Number: 623.8882 Ho
Description: 1 online resource (192 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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Sep 01, 2017

The book format is only slightly larger than a standard paperback and unfortunately uses some tiny fonts and includes extra white space which makes it very difficult to read and to see picture details.

In presenting "essential" knots I would have omitted many of the variants included in this book. Including many variants is interesting from a cataloging perspective but some are even labeled as "use: none" which I don't see as "essential". Often knots groups have a few that stand out above the others and learning those, even if intermediate level, means you don't have to remember 5 or 6 more common but lesser knots. Along those lines I think some superior and easy knots are not included in this book, although one can always debate what should be included. Fortunately there are brief pros and cons for each knot in the book so you can quickly see which included ones are worth learning.

I am glad to see the inclusion of the Zeppelin/Rosendahl bend. Unfortunately it is presented as a daunting, anatomical spaghetti and there are simpler and easier to remember methods to tie this excellent knot.


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