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This is the definitive book on knots. Here are approximately 3900 different kinds, from simple hitches to “Marlinspike Seamanship.” Mr. Ashley has included almost everything there is to know about them. Precisely named and classified (some new ones for the first time officially), they can be easily found in the big index. He tells when they appeared, something about their history, and what they are good for.
 
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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The Ashley Book of Knots takes us back to a time when knots saved lives and put dinner on the table. Whether out at sea or in a pioneer cabin, knots were a part of daily life, one that is nearly lost today. But in this attractive, well-organized archive of more than 3,900 different knots--presented through 7,000 illustrations--the art of knot tying lives on, both as a historical reference and a reservoir of handy knowledge.

About the Author

CLIFFORD W. ASHLEY had two ruling passions all his life: marine painting and knot tying. A student of Howard Pyle''s, he is represented in the permanent collections of museums and libraries all along the East Coast. At the time of his death he was one of the world''s leading authorities on knot tying. Both these interests kept him close to the open sea, and when he wasn''t trading knot knowledge with sailors, his easel was set up on wharves, decks, or shorelines.

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John Guarino
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
This copy of The Ashley Book of Knots is what I had hoped
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
I''m not a sailor. I''ll probably never be involved in boating. But awhile ago I wanted to learn some knots. To be honest I didn''t get The Ashley Book of Knots to learn knots. I''ve a couple other books and frankly between Wikipedia and the Grog Knots app, I''ve been learning... See more
I''m not a sailor. I''ll probably never be involved in boating. But awhile ago I wanted to learn some knots. To be honest I didn''t get The Ashley Book of Knots to learn knots. I''ve a couple other books and frankly between Wikipedia and the Grog Knots app, I''ve been learning all that I needed. But each of those repeatedly mention ABOK. So I looked here at Amazon. I didn''t realize it at the time, but the copy I purchased was printed in 1944!
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...
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TreeClimb
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Amazing information, poor quality printing
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2018
Unfortunately, this printing is really poor quality. The cover color is off (has a pink hue to every color on the cover), the binding is lumpy, and the pages of the book are so thin the other side shows through. The publishers have obviously skimped on quality materials.
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WhatMeThinks
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Knot, Knot, Knot!
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2016
I first came across The Ashley Book of Knots in the late 60''s when I was a teenager. I fell in love with knots and tying them. When macrame became a popular item, I had a definite advantage over most people. Then, all you had was natural cordage. Today you have synthetic... See more
I first came across The Ashley Book of Knots in the late 60''s when I was a teenager. I fell in love with knots and tying them. When macrame became a popular item, I had a definite advantage over most people. Then, all you had was natural cordage. Today you have synthetic cordage in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and textures.
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.
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rattytude
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Not basic enough for me.
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2017
It is an excellent compilation of knots, but I was - perhaps naively - expecting more clear explanations and step-by-step instructions. It seems to have been written for people with some knotting experience. I would recommend the book to anyone who has either 1) some... See more
It is an excellent compilation of knots, but I was - perhaps naively - expecting more clear explanations and step-by-step instructions. It seems to have been written for people with some knotting experience. I would recommend the book to anyone who has either 1) some experience tying knots or 2) someone with better 3D spatial acuity than I have. I must give the book 4 stars because it is excellent in its own right, but not for my needs.
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Jim Sr.
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Truly a Magnum Opus
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
My fellow Christians should take no offense when I call this the Bible of knots and rope work. Ashley must''ve received divine inspiration for this magnum opus because it contains from the most basic to knots you shouldn''t use with explanations why to artistic challenges... See more
My fellow Christians should take no offense when I call this the Bible of knots and rope work. Ashley must''ve received divine inspiration for this magnum opus because it contains from the most basic to knots you shouldn''t use with explanations why to artistic challenges that you''ll probably never even attempt! This one''s a wonderful addition to the family library that I''ll pass down through the our generations.
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VK
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Amazed by amount of information
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2018
I gave this as a Christmas present to a friend who enjoys camping, fishing, history, and puzzles. He''s always doing some sort of remodel or maintenance around his house, and always seems to have rope or cord around to haul stuff. Seattle IT lumberjack kind of guy. He was... See more
I gave this as a Christmas present to a friend who enjoys camping, fishing, history, and puzzles. He''s always doing some sort of remodel or maintenance around his house, and always seems to have rope or cord around to haul stuff. Seattle IT lumberjack kind of guy. He was blown away by this book, didn''t know it existed. Although the drawings seemed complex to me, he understood them in awe and enjoyed flipping through the book, stopping to briefly read the author''s comments, history and description of different knots. How to tether your duck to a stake, which knot a physician should use if a gut breaks, which knot to use to load wooden crates onto a ship, that sort of thing. There are tons of practical ones he can use as well; there are after all 3,900 knots in the book. He was thrilled said he will get immense use and joy out of it. I''m not a knot lover, I don''t know how to tie knots, but I''m tempted to buy this for the sheer historical and educational value. It''s a beautiful book.
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G. Chapman
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The "Knot Bible" Indeed
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2013
So what''s the big deal about knots, you say? For the majority of human history (prior to industrialization and assembly line pre-packaged pre-sized made-to-fit idiot-proof modern conveniences that we''ve become so dependent on) life would have been impossible without knots.... See more
So what''s the big deal about knots, you say? For the majority of human history (prior to industrialization and assembly line pre-packaged pre-sized made-to-fit idiot-proof modern conveniences that we''ve become so dependent on) life would have been impossible without knots. The ability to tie knots ranks right up there with fire and the wheel in terms of its impact on human progress. In short, nothing in modern society, indeed, arguably society itself, would have been possible without 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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Important Self-Sufficient Knowledge
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
I actually got a mug from a good friend the previous Christmas and it was about a nautical theme. It got me thinking about knots, and sailing which was very interesting to me. Doing some research I learned about this book and the fact that it has so many knots for so many... See more
I actually got a mug from a good friend the previous Christmas and it was about a nautical theme. It got me thinking about knots, and sailing which was very interesting to me. Doing some research I learned about this book and the fact that it has so many knots for so many different purposes.

Asking a mentor I knew, he said to me that this sort of knowledge was once common but in our modern era people don''t know something as basic as tying a knot...literally. So the book is brilliant for a good read, and for learning to be self-sufficient.
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Mr.Boswell
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Probably the most complete book on knots there is
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2021
Probably the most complete book on knots there is, and plenty of information on the uses and origin of the knots. 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,...See more
Probably the most complete book on knots there is, and plenty of information on the uses and origin of the knots. 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.
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Michael Eaton
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Knot a bad book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2020
This book was bought as a replacement for an older copy bought in the early 60''s but lost in a boat sinking some 15 years ago. It''s too a good a book not to have a copy available when it comes to knots, their usages and how to tie them, of course it also covers many other...See more
This book was bought as a replacement for an older copy bought in the early 60''s but lost in a boat sinking some 15 years ago. It''s too a good a book not to have a copy available when it comes to knots, their usages and how to tie them, of course it also covers many other uses of rope written at the turn of the 19 /20th Century so nothing about so called modern cordage (not much difference in usage, just strength and duration). Here come the $64000 dollar question would i buy it again - er . . . I just did!
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JMC
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The complete knot book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2020
This is THE book on knots which if you''re interested in knots you will already know. It is of course written and produced in a dated way but that just adds to the fact that it is the knot " bible" . Descriptions are not as simplified as in some books but once you get in the...See more
This is THE book on knots which if you''re interested in knots you will already know. It is of course written and produced in a dated way but that just adds to the fact that it is the knot " bible" . Descriptions are not as simplified as in some books but once you get in the way of it they are ,fir the most part easy enough to follow. The are of course some very complex notes described.
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R. Shipman
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It''s the knotters bible - what more do you need to know?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2021
In decorative knotwork circles, it''s just known as ABOK, and knots are referred to by their ABOK number. If you''re serious about knotting, you have to have this. Yes, you can download a free PDF copy from places as it''s out of copyright apparently, but having the real book...See more
In decorative knotwork circles, it''s just known as ABOK, and knots are referred to by their ABOK number. If you''re serious about knotting, you have to have this. Yes, you can download a free PDF copy from places as it''s out of copyright apparently, but having the real book is so much more useful in certain situations - it''s much easier to just flick through looking for ideas in a real book, and it looks so nice on a shelf too.
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Thornbut
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Superb Book Of Knots
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2013
I didn''t remember the name of this book until I bought another knot book and was prompted to view The Ashley Book of Knots. It was the "look inside" feature that reminded me of when I first saw this book. I was in the Sea Scouts and I was amazed by the diversity and number...See more
I didn''t remember the name of this book until I bought another knot book and was prompted to view The Ashley Book of Knots. It was the "look inside" feature that reminded me of when I first saw this book. I was in the Sea Scouts and I was amazed by the diversity and number of knots it contained. The book was owned by one of the adult helpers who guarded it jealously. I haven''t seen one since 1976 and after all these years it still held the same excitement. It is a book that is well written and very easy to read. Even if you don''t like working ropes it explains the history of knotting and stories of their successes and failures. The book is said to be the bible of knots, I can only say that I am proud to now own it and will have years of fun working my way through it. There really is something in here for everyone, young and old. From tying shoelaces to decorative plaiting, useful or pretty, this book will lead you through it. Don''t expect colour or photographs, just clear easy to follow drawings and a story for most of the 3500 plus knots. Enjoy!
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The Ashley high quality Book of sale Knots online

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