Knotting Tools

Knotting Tools

I love my tools!!! So what tools do you need for knot tying? Well the simple answer is two………your hands. Eventually though you find yourself picking up something to poke, prod or pull the cord into the right position.

Knotting Tools

I remember at the very beginning if I was going to do this knotting lark, I could not do it without the right tools. So as well as starting to collect books, I also started to hunt down the right tools to help me to tie the perfect knot. Ha, ha, ha how wrong I was, the skill comes with lots of practice and the tools do help, but sometimes a Bic biro will do the job just as well!

There is a great deal of pleasure though to be gained from tying a knot using your favourite tool.

In my mind I decided that if I was going to do this seriously, I wanted to have serious tools to enjoy. After a lot of looking on the Internet I came across an American called PJ who made tools. After a few eMails back and forth explaining what I wanted, PJ sent me some beautiful crafted tools. They did not improve my knotting, but they were and are an absolute pleasure to use.

The grip fid came without a handle so I made my own using a bit of antler horn.

Monkey Fist Jig

The Monkey Fist jig is a beautiful piece of engineering; it sits on my desk and

Monkey Fist Jig

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spends most of the time being an ornament.

I think it happens to most of us, you want to just learn how to tie knots and you end

up collecting anything knotting associated.  The knots, books, tools, nautical and other stuff slowly fill a room, nudging out other stuff.

As for cut of strands, they litter the floor and put up a great fight against a vacuum cleaner!!

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Knotting Tools — 2 Comments

  1. G’Day Mate
    After 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy and one of the last Seaman Branch sailors to do the full 12 week seamanship course, I now find myself looking back to the times we used real rope and sailor skills some of which were the art of knot tying. I have set myself the task of making a sailors ditty bag to selabrate my 20 year anavesary of leaving the RAN, it appeals to my inner sailor and all that the bag represents and the work that goes into it. This has opened up a deeper desire to get back into rope work and knot tying. I have found your blog and this section on tools, my question is where did you get you bras and steel dif’s from or did you have them made.


    Best Regards

    • Oh mate, DON’T make a ditty bag!!! It hurts the fingers too much. Having said that though I have now made 3, the last one was leather and I gave blood to that one. The last time I was over your way was in 88 on the Ark Royal. I also lived in Penrith in the early 70’s as a boy, dad was army and had to fill the gap whilst your lot went to Nam. OK onto the tools; I only know of Mikko Snellman in EU and Peter Nelson who is States side (Mine are from Peter Nelson). Like everything else in the world of knotting, nothing is easy. It may also be worth contacting Philip Le Masurier, who is Sydney based, he may know someone more local? Let me know if you want to touch base with any of them and I will fire over some contact details for you? Nice meeting you Shippers! John

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