Book Review - Knots and Splices by Steve Judkins and Tim Davison
I wasn't a Boy Scout growing up, nor did I do anything that required more than basic "tie your shoe" knowledge. But I've always been impressed when I watch sailors quickly and intuitively tie intricate knots that have specific uses. When I ran across the book Knots & Splices by Steve Judkins and Tim Davison, I wondered if it was possible to become somewhat more coordinated in this area. The answer is, yes I can!
Terms; Tools of the trade; Choosing a rope
Ten Knots Everyone Should Know: Round turn & two half hitches; Clove hitch; Figure of eight; Reef knot; Bowline; Bowline on a bight; Sheet bend; Double sheet bend; Fisherman's bend/Anchor hitch; Rolling hitch
Other Useful Knots: Carrick bend; Sheepshank; Constrictor knot; Buntline hitch; Surgeon's knot; Alpine butterfly bend; Fisherman's knot/Englishman's knot; Cow hitch; Cow hitch round turn and Prusik knot; Timber hitch; Marlinespike hitch; Man harness knot/Artillery loop; Trucker's hitch/Dolly knot; Marling hitches; Coiling a rope; Turk's head
Splices & Whipping: Eye splice; Short splice; Eye in braid-on-braid rope; Eye in braid-on-3-strand rope; Common whipping; Sailmaker's whipping; Eat sealing the end of a synthetic rope
This is a really small book (64 pages), but the illustrations are clear and easy to follow. For single rope knots, the illustrations are big enough to follow the trail of the rope through each step. And on two-rope knots, the authors use different colored rope drawings to make it very easy to see what parts belong to which ropes. There are also small side notes that let the reader know which knots are easy or hard to undo, as well as which knots might fail under certain conditions. Using that information, you should be equipped with everything you need to decide whether or not a bowline would be a better choice than a rolling hitch for your particular needs.
An excellent little book, perfectly designed to address the topic...