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.
Tools Used for Knotting
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 it could also be used as a lacing needle. I made my own handle using a bit of antler horn. You will also notice that this is a tapered grip fid, which means that it will handle a few different sizes of cordage.
Monkey Fist Jig
The Monkey Fist jig is a beautiful piece of engineering; it sits on my desk and 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!!
Marline Spike for Knotting
When it comes to using a Marlin Spike, I have two main spikes that I use on a regular basis. The first one is my Stainless Steel and Brass Marlin Spike. The important thing about this spike is that it is stainless steel to the tip. I often work with white cotton cored, and the stainless steel aspect prevents it from marking the cord. Sometimes a brass marling spike will mark the cord. The difference between my two main spike is the tip of each one. One spike has a triangular shaped sharp tip, that is great of fine cordage. The rather pointed tip allows you to just pull up a fine strand of cord, without interfering with the other cords laying next to it. The other Marlin Spike has a nice round tapered end, that is superb for everyday use.
Knives Used for Knotting
I personally use the following knives for my knotting; Myerchin Captain Rigging Knife. I have to say that this is a really beautiful knife, fits nicely in the hand and is also a good weight. It comes with a lovely polished stainless steel Marlin Spike, has a beautiful action and the blade and spike lock open very securely. The other thing that I really like about it is the fact that it has white scales, ready for a bit of scrimshaw.
This knife is a very plain utility knife, which I really did not like at first. I think the main reason was that it was a rather plain knife. BUT, having had one for a few years now, I really do love the Opinel Knife. Why, the big reason is that it is so sharp, in fact razor sharp! It certainly stays sharp for a long time and it also takes a nice edge when sharpening. It is a lock knife, and if you do a search for Custom Opinel Knives, you will see some fine examples.
Lansky World Legal
The only downside of the two knives above, is that they are not UK legal, so I also need a general everyday carry knife. Well, because of the statement that it was world legal, this sold it to me. I have yet to be arrested for carrying this knife, so watch this space in the future. It is a rather hefty knife and took a bit of getting used to, but now I do love it!
On another note, why on earth would a world legal knife have the words “Urban Tactical” written on the blade?
Quality Knotting Tool Suppliers
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Swedish Fid Rope Splicing Tool
When splicing rope, a very useful tool is the Swedish fid. The Swedish Fid is designed to part the three strands of a rope and at the same time form a hollow for one of the strands to be passed through.
|When splicing rope, these are great tools to help you get your strands under the lay of the rope.|