The Ashley Book of Knots, Hardback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Describes every practical knot, what it looks like, where it comes from, and how to tie it.

The book includes 4,000 knots, with all the varieties of shipboard knots as well as knots used by butchers, steeplejacks, electric linesmen, knitters, cobblers, surgeons, poachers and cowboys.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 632 pages, 7000 drawings, 8pp plates, 12 illustrations and endpapers
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Hobbies, quizzes & games
  • ISBN: 9780571096596



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This is my desert island book. It has everything: useful information, stories, humour, excellent diagrams and amusing drawings. And it's the most comprehensive book on knots there is.

Also by Clifford W. Ashley