Books I Own about Knots
by Donald Ray Burger

I first learned to tie knots in the Boy Scouts. I thank them for teaching me half hitches, the square knot and the bowline. My interst in ham radio expanded my repitoire of knots and my love of the beauty of a well-tied knot. Below are some of the books on knot tying I own, in alphabetical order. Happy reading.

The Ashley Book of Knots, by Clifford W. Ashley. 1944. Doubleday. Hardback. Acquired July 13, 2018. 619 pages.
This is the book of knots. It is gigantic. Both in size and weight. It is so famous that many other books reference the knot number assigned to a particular knot by this book. It is so famous that it is often simply abbreviated as TABOK. One might say that one's total enthrallment into the world of knots is marked by the date one acquires this book. If the bowline is the king of knots, this book is the king of knot books. If you are serious about knot tying, get this book.

The Book of Climbing Knots, by Peter Owen. 2000. Paperback. 139 pages. Acquired June 10, 2002. First reading August 2, 2017.

The Complete Book of Knots, , by Geoffrey Budworth. 1997, 2006, 2009. Octopus Publishing Group, Ltd. Hardback. 160 pages. Acquired July 19, 2017. First complete reading 08-06-2023.
This is a great book. I highly recommend it. in 1982 the author founded the International Guild of Knot Tyers. The book has clear illustrations, great verbal instructions and interesting historical references to the knots. Many times the breaking strength of a line with the particular knot in it is given. Often there is a discussion of how easily untied the knot is after being put under load. There are sections on boating knots, knots for the outdoors, climbing knots, fishing knots and household knots. This book is very much worth its price. Get it.

The Field Guide to Knots: How to Identify, Tie, and Untie over 80 Essential Knots for Outdoor Pursuits by Bob Holtzman. 2015. Quarto Publishing, PLC. Spiral bound. 192 pages. Acquired July 10, 2023.

The Knot Handbook: Over 45 Easy-to-TLearn, Practical Knots, by Barry Mault. 2022. Arcturus Publishing Limited. Softback. 96 pages. Acquired July 26, 2023. First reading July 27, 2023.

Knot It!, by John Sherry. 2018. Famillius LLC. Hardback. 124 pages. Acquired January 26, 2023.
This book come with its own piece of paracord to aid you in tying the 100 knots inside the book. It also comes with a set of pocket-sized laminated wterproof cards with the twenty most useful knots. These cards can easily fit in a shirt pocket, as I have proved on many occasions.

Knots for Paddlers, by Charlie Walbridge. 1995. Paperback. 32 pages. Acquired July 14, 2017.

Knots & Ropework, by Geoffrey Budworth. 2002. Hermes House. Hardback. Acquired July 26, 2017. 256 Pages.

The Knot Tying Bible: Climbing, Camping, Sailing, Fishing, Everyday, by Colin Jarman. 2013. Hardback. 224 pages. Acquisition date unrecorded.

The Morrow Guide to Knots: For Sailing, Fishing, Camping, Climbing, by Mario Bigon and Guido Regazzoni. 1981. Collins Reference. Paperback. 255 pages. Acquired December 2, 2015.

The Pocket Book of Basic Fishing Knots, No author listed. 2001. Paperback. 19 pages, including an oversized fishing hook and a piece of paracord. Acquired from my father, date unknown.

Pocket Field Guide to Survival Knots: Learn to Tie 19 Critical Survival Knots, by Creek Stewart. 2016. Dropstone Press. Paperback. 52 pages. Acquired January 26, 2023. First reading February 18, 2023.
This is a smalland thin paperback, approximately four inches wide by 5-3/4 inches tall. It covers how to tie nineteen essential knots. It will easily fit in a backpack so it can be available if you need a refresher. This is the book that taught me how to tie one of my favorite knots, the figure eight knot, and the figure eight loop. It also offers clear instructions on the taunt line hitch. It is inexpensive and a good first book on knot tying.

The Pocket Guide to Prepper Knots, by Patty Hahne. 2917. PDH Rebooted, LLC. Softback. 156 pages. Acquired 3/3/023.

The Ultimate Book of Everyday Knots, by Geoffrey Budworth. 2012. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Softcover. 160 pages. Acquired January 26, 2023.

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework, by Geoffrey Budworth. 2002. Hardback. 256 pages. Acquired Juy 26, 2017.

What Knot, by Geoffrey Budworth & Richard Hopkins. 2007. Paperback. 256 pages. Acquisition date unknown.

Why Knot, by Philippe Petit. 2013. Abrams Image. Hardback. 250 pages. Acquired December 30, 2017.

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