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The Ashley Book of Knots Hardcover – Illustrated, January 1, 1993
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Above all, Mr. Ashley gives explicit directions on how to tie them. He describes each step simply and clearly in the text and has penned right alongside some 7000 drawings to make it still more graphic. This book and a piece of cord will open a new and challenging world of practical adventure to readers of all ages. Mr. Ashley has devoted eleven years to writing this book, and it is based on forty years of looking for, trying out, and thinking up new knots. His drawings abound in humor and the text is full of colorful anecdotes. The Ashley Book of Knots will make a unique and permanent addition to any library.
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- Publisher : Doubleday; 1st edition (January 1, 1993)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 619 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385040253
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385040259
- Item Weight : 3.88 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.81 x 1.53 x 11.16 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It doesn't have the dust jacket, but I don't care. The pages are yellowing a bit but I don't care. The illustrations are from that period, all line drawings and are marvelous. The explanations and drawings are less than optimal for learning and are difficult to follow compared to animated instructions online or in the Grog app. Ashley's narrative regarding history is priceless. I have been enjoying very much just picking a spot in the book and reading for awhile. He shows many variations of knots. There are weird esoteric knots. There are the tried and true knots.
Don't get this book to learn knots.
Get this book if you want flavor and historical context.
Oh, and it smells like an old bookstore...
By TreeClimb on December 18, 2018
My copy of this book was thrown out by my Mother when I was drafted into the Army. I found a paperback copy in the late 70's but it has since fallen apart. Today, I received my brand new hardback copy of the book.
The book is written so that you can start at the beginning of a knot and progress to the advanced. I highly recommend this book if you are serious about learning to work with cords and knots.
ABOK provides easy access to virtually every knot ever used to any significant degree by human beings in our entire history. (Let THAT one sink in for a second!) Yes, there have been a handful of knots invented since ABOK that one may find very useful - but those are few and far between. ABOK contains literally thousands of knots, each of which explained in clear illustrations and language. And surprisingly, despite its massive content, finding a knot you need is usually pretty straightforward. Plus - and in my opinion one of the real pleasures of this book - Ashley provides a virtual historical encyclopedia of almost every knot (for example, where they originated, intended and best uses, relative strength, etc.).
However, ABOK represents more than simply a reference for finding a knot to tie your lures or anchoring a tent stake - it represents one man's life and passion beautifully and painstakingly documented in a form that others can relate to and appreciate - a pure and honest contribution to the subject for no other reason than his love for it. If you've ever thought about doing something meaningful with your life and time and having that effort remembered, you can appreciate why this book truly deserves the term "legacy".
Every so often a single person contributes so significantly within a given field or subject that their work becomes the reference and standard by which all other contributors are judged. ABOK represents an example of that phenomenon. If you're interested at all in knot tying, do yourself a favor and get this book. It's worth the price. You'll not only get THE reference and undisputed authoritative standard within the subject, you'll get a work of true historical importance - one that you'll probably use and read for the rest of your life. Very few books I've encountered earn such a claim.
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It's not the clearest in terms of actually showing how to tie some of the knots and if it's a book that shows how to tie knots step by step that you're after, it's probably not the right book for you and there are plenty of books that are better than this for that purpose. However, if you just enjoy learning about knots, their uses and history and are willing to persevere a bit with the layout of the book, you will love it.