Knots For The Outdoors Summary

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Knots for the Outdoors is produced by the Globe Pequot Press in Guilford, Connecticut. It was copyrighted in 1999 by author Cliff Jacobson as part of his Basic Essentials series. Mr. Jacobson is one of North America’s most esteemed outdoors writers, wilderness guides, and canoeing specialists. The illustrator is Cliff Moen. In the preface, Jacobson indicates his purpose in writing the book: to provide a simple, compact instruction guide for the knot-tying needs of outdoorsmen of every experience level. The book deals with a total of thirty-one knots. In choosing which to include, he deleted all low-utility knots and hitches and selected ten that he feels are vital for outdoor life. They are the ones that were already in use hundreds of years ago and can accomplish nearly any task: anchor (fisherman’s) bend, bowline, butterfly noose, clove hitch, one half-hitch/two half-hitches, monofilament fishing knot (clinch knot), power cinch (trucker’s knot), quick-release (slippery) loop, sheet bend, and the timber hitch. The other twenty-one knots incorporated in the handbook simply variations of these ten. There are two basic parts: When Choosing Rope and Knots. In the first division, the author discusses ropes and their…show more content…
Similar to the common granny, it consists of two overhand knots, each tied opposite to the other. Thus, if the first knot is fashioned right-handed, the second should be done left-over-right. For centuries seamen have used this for reefing sails and other nautical tasks. Today it is popular for tying packages and for performing medical procedures like gauze dressings and tourniquets. It is a forerunner of the surgeon’s knot, which, too, is applied in surgical situations, such as binding tissue and closing incisions. Since the surgeon’s knot is secure even when involving slippery materials, kayakers and fishermen use it to tie life jackets and to join monofilament
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