International Guild of Knot Tyers

50 Practical and Decorative Knots You Should Know by Percy W. Blandford

50 Practical and Decorative Knots You Should Know by Percy W. Blandford

Tab Books Inc. (1988) ISBN 9780830693047

The contents are a masterly distillation by prolific craftwriter P.W.B. (now on his 96th. book!) who was the Guild’s first President. His comprehensive selection of knots, bends, hitches, lashings and loops, shortenings and tightenings and tackles, including an eye splice, a bit of macrame and some netmaking, gives something for everyone. It is not aimed at us enthusiasts although it might help us simplify our thinking. I found the 128 pages (including index and glossary) and 59 illustrations straightforward, practical, and helpful; while I was impressed by Percy Blandford’s words (I could hear his voice) putting it all in perspective with pithy statements:- “... in many cases it is all you need.” (The overhand knot) “ ... many are now obsolete.” (Knots associated with squareriggers) “ ... which may not matter much, except for your prestige as a knot tier.” (Granny v. reef bows) It is an excellent and reasonably priced buy for anyone coming new to knots, and for collectors, by a master of his subject.

G.B.