freedom to make critical
remarks, there cannot
exist sincere flattering praise - Beaumarchais.
TO PUT TO REST THE SUBJECT OF MATTHEW
WALKER Knot as an OBJECT OF WORSHIP that it is sacrilegious
(shroud lanyard stopper) knot that has, for reason
unfathomable to me, taken the fancy of "ornementalist" knot tyers that
are making it "The Holy Grail" of knotting !
Seems that a lot of people are led to believe this is an awfully
it you can do an overhand knot you can do two , if you can do 2 you can
If you can chain them on onto the others there you are : a MKW.
course the more strands (utterly silly (!) beyond 4S from the practical
point of view of a sailor). the more it is an exercise in
concentration and attention.
A bit like musical arpeggios elevated to the ranks of Goldberg
Variations by Glenn Gould.
Anyway whatever the number of strands this consist only and simply of
Here the MWK shown
educational diagram for the anxious ( inspired by a
splendidly clear drawing from 1924 , well before Ashley )
--- photography one : MWK closed
--- photography two : MWK opened 1 ( remember
this is basically an UTILITARIAN stopper knot and nothing
--- photography three : MWK opened 2
TREFOIL ( overhand ) IN MOEBIUS STRIP
That is a mathematical jest given the relation between "trefoil" and
A complex rather than a complicated knotting done using the method I
imparted in my page PUBLICATIONS 2 about Moebius
So I contacted the persons involved and offered this illustration.
They were very agreeable and asked if they could use my illustration.
That I granted without any restriction as I am not the owner of knots !
They came up with this illustration on their site.
I warned them that their illustrator had once more botched it and
offered this correction.
Less than 24h after having been told they put this rectified one on line
OTHER TRAILS TO EXPLORE for those with The Ashley Book Of Knots are
#200 and 201
#331 ( the most elegant ? )
#1193 ( 2 different results here )
But none are so economical in cordage and so quick to do.
A BOUT "NEW
KNOTS", "NEWLY INVENTED KNOTS"....
I suggest that 'by default' when the proposed knot is not found after
an attentive and
extensive study of all known publications it still remains a non
negligible possibility :
that, indeed, it has already been 'invented' before.
This quote from Johann Wolfgang Von GOETHE (1749-1832) seem to me to
" TOUTES LES PENSEES
INTELLIGENTES ONT DEJA ETE PENSEES ; IL EST SEULEMENT NECESSAIRE
D'ESSAYER DE LES PENSER DE NOUVEAU "
" ALL INTELLIGENT
THOUGHTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN THOUGHT ; IT IS ONLY NECESSARY TO TRY
AND THINK THEM AGAIN "
not forgetting French moralist and writer Jean de LA BRUYERE
(1645-1696) in the
opening of Les
Caractères où les Moeurs de ce siècle.
" TOUT EST DIT ET
L'ON VIENT TROP TARD DEPUIS PLUS DE SEPT MILLE ANS QU'IL Y A DES
HOMMES ET QUI PENSENT "
" ALL IS SAID AND WE
COME TOO LATE AS THERE HAVE BEEN MEN WHO
MORE THAN SEVEN THOUSANDS
" in fact men have being thinking is from quite a lot longer than 7000
years but at he time La Bruyère could not have known that.
Added 2011 May 21st
MUSINGS ABOUT SPHERICAL COVER...creation / invention /
finding / discovery /derivation...whatever you want to call that
depending upon your
philosophical school of appurtenance ;-).
Caveat : the Pins notation is not one I would recommend and I just used
it for the sake of experimenting with it as some seems to like it over
the more properly
structured variety.(see my document on Pins Notation in bats
Added 2011 May 24th
An attempt to follow Schaake's advice : the only way to get a valid
knots is to make isometric diagrams of them.
I hope that at least the more clairvoyant will find that
illustration enlightening !
Added 2011 June 24th
My musing as response to a question posed by Dominic TAYLOR on a series
of THK 5L
Still following Schaake's
advice : the only way to get a valid
knots is to make isometric diagrams of them. as in the May 24th topic
Here comparison between FOUR bends:
Rigger ( or Smith-Hunter )
without any proof to Rosendahl. Same Rosendahl (according to one
denied in a letter any knowledge of it.
sorry those were somewhat less than correct
After 5L 5B of the before last topic in My musing I was playing this
morning and a
4L 4B happened to be formed in my hand.
I have no doubt that everyone know that it cannot be a "true" THK ( a
Cylindrical Knot )
As it is SINGLE STRAND it cannot be ( the stupidly called THK or
multi-strand THK ) a SEMI-REGULAR Cylindrical Knot.
So what is the knot seen here ?
How can you make one ?