Show-How Guides: Knots: The 20 Essential Knots Everyone Should Know!
“Knots are used for several purposes and are traditionally classified by function. This book has roughly four common knots in each of the five classifications covered. However, not all major classifications are covered. Each knot is presented in a double-page spread. The left side shows the finished knot, its name, and possible uses. The right side shows how to tie the knot. The Double Fisherman’s Knot is the only exception, spanning two double-pages as it has more steps.
This book is aimed at beginners wanting to master knots. It is small and able to fit in a backpack. If used outdoors, the book does not lay open flat, and the pages are not designed to withstand moisture or the outdoors. The double-page spread per knot is a good idea, but the left page could be made more useful. As only one page is dedicated to actually tying a knot, tips to tightening or fairing a knot are lacking. Those who have not practiced tying and testing a knot under safe conditions may find their knots slipping or becoming undone after following the book’s instructions. Having a foundational knots reference at the ready is essential for novice hikers, this book may not be the best method for that purpose.”
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