International Guild of Knot Tyers

Knots by Brion Toss

Knots by Brion Toss

Hearst Marine Books 2000 (originally 1990) ISBN 9780688094157

A quality product, designed by Mary Moriarty and illustrated by Gae Pilon, in which layout, typefaces and drawings combine to please. The Sturdy flexible blue cover with gold lettering holds 192 pages of acid-free paper and 320 drawings. Brion TOSS has done a superb job. His choice of 'core' (used 90% of the time) and 'non-core (when nothing else will do) knots includes most of the classics, but goes on to such specialist items as Swedish furling, Camel hitches, a New Age deck stopper, the Knute hitch, a Good Luck Knot, Strait & Shovel splices, and St. Mary's hitching. He is an amusing wordsmith. In his text lie nuggets such as;"... a Judolike move" (to trip a hawser bowline into shape); " ...byzantine Fancy Work"; and"...more of a darn than a splice" . This masterly show-&-tell performance by an accomplished IGK.T member also explains belays, coiling, purchases, whippings & seizings, and gives us a glossary, charts and an index. Anyone wishing to learn a tie or two (or twenty two) will find value for money, and an easy read, in this excellent manual.

G.B.