I’ve heard a lot about this topic. Basically, I’m looking to get a definitive answer on which is the best book to purchase when it comes to wanting to learn how to tie knots for camping and bushcraft. For some reason, I’m fascinated by the things and I can’t seem to get enough. I want to be like one of those old men who can tie any knot on command. I think that would be rather impressive.
I recently purchased The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework by Geoffrey Budworth and I received it today in the mail. It’s got over 200 knot tying techniques and it looks very nice. The best part is that I only paid $1.96 for the book, plus shipping. The entire thing came up to about $6, but it’s hard cover, so I’d say that’s a steal. While it does offer good illustrations and instructions for knot tying, I did notice that some of the names for the author’s knots are a bit different than the names I’m familiar with. I’ve done some arborist work as a tree climber and I heavily relied on the Anchor Hitch as well as the Taut-Line Hitch. The problem is, I don’t see these two knots listed at all in this book. I believe the author is calling the Anchor Hitch the Anchor Bend or something like that and I saw something called a Prusik that looked a bit like the Taut-Line Hitch. Overall, it’s a great looking book and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from it, but I wonder if there’s something more all-encompassing out there.
By the way, I’ve included a few photos of this book down below.
I’ve read about The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley being the book to buy for this topic, but I’ve seen what it looks like on the inside and I just don’t think I can bring myself to look at those antiquated illustrations. I need nice and new photographs with good instructions laid out for me. Even though this resource offers a huge number of knots, I just don’t think it’s the one for me. I’d like something more modern.
So, if you know of or have a favorite knot tying instruction book, please let me know. I’m on the hunt and all advice is welcome. Thanks!