The skill of knot tying has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries.
If you are going to be working and living in the wild, it is good idea for you to tap into this wealth of knowledge to enhance your bushcraft skills.
Tying a good and reliable knot can be the difference between safety and danger. Knots from the Collins Gem series of books is a good starting point for bushcrafter’s wishing to either learn new knot or refresh their memory of knots they once knew.
Step by step
The compact guide features very clear step by step instructions to tying over 50 knots from the core essentials to the more decorative knots which still serve a purpose but look a bit better on your kit.
The photographs used are of a good size and are each overlaid with good directions on how to tie the knots. The directions are easy to follow even for those new to knots. My kids found it really easy to use.
Ideally, anyone who uses knots in the outdoors needs to learn a good selection of knots so they don’t have to consult a book in an emergency situation but due to the compact size of this guide, you can easily carry this with you when you need a little reminder.
As you would expect from the Collins Gem series, the book is well made and can withstand living in your rucksack without falling apart. The only trouble that I found was that as it’s so small, it is tricky keeping the pages open while you learn to tie a new knot. I found that a large bulldog clip came in handy here as it easily had the book open at the pages being referenced.
I explored many titles before opting for this one and this was mainly due to the fact that I have a number of the Gem series and found them to be very well written and presented.
Yes the book only covers 50 knots but the ones it does cover are amongst the most commonly used and, in my experience, the most useful knots to know as bushcrafter.
I found that the guide provides a clear introduction to the world of knots, from the practical to the decorative and is a good starting point for the novice and a good reference for the more seasoned knot user.