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This is a practical guide to over 200 tying techniques, comprehensively illustrated in over 1200 step-by-step photographs. All the key knot types are covered, including bends, hitches, bindings, loops, mats, plaits, rings and slings. You will find familiar knots, such as the simple overhand or thumb knot, and more challenging knots such as the seizing bend, boom hitch, Chinese button knot and variations of the square Turk's head. Also included are knots for angling and fishing, boating and sailing, caving and climbing, general purpose and outdoor pursuits. Each set of instructions is accompanied by photographs taking you through every step of tying the knot. This title includes a clear guide to the variety of cords and ropes; their breaking strengths, construction and application. Knots have been around for thousands of years - even Neolithic man tied the reef knot, clove hitch and running noose. There are several thousand knots in existence and an almost infinite number of variations. This reference manual and practical handbook presents over 200 of the most essential knots. Everyone is clearly identified by its category of use: angling and fishing; boating and sailing; caving and climbing; and, general purpose and outdoor pursuits, with easy-reference symbols denoting each knot's use at the top of each page. Whether you are an eager beginner or a lifelong devotee of knot-tying, this will prove an absorbing and indispensable guide.
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