Whether on water, on land, or suspended in midair, many popular outdoor sports that encounter the elements require a knot for its reliability, strength, or ease of use. Geoffrey Budworth’s book, Useful Knots, is an excellent resource for anglers, climbers, sailors, campers, and even people with general projects around the home.
Topics consist of a brief history of rope materials, how to distinguish a knot from a hitch or a bend, tips and techniques for each knot’s construction, how to avoid fraying, and many more. Specific knots featured include the double overhand knot, pole hitch, Albright knot, Zeppelin bend, buntline hitch, cow hitch variation, World’s Fair knot, bowline, cat’s paw, Jansik special, and Alpine butterfly, among others.
With easy-to-follow diagrams and clear guidelines as to which knot is best suited for a certain activity, Useful Knots is a very handy reference.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Geoffrey Budworth is a cofounder of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. He is recognized as the world's leading authority on knots and has written more than a dozen books on the subject. He was responsible for updating and revising the classic knot guide, The Ashley Book of Knots.