Knot bad at all - Weekend

Knot bad at all

By Meg Rivera

AT one point or another, we would have gone through scouting club at school. It doesn’t matter to what extent you attended really, you just had to do some form of it. The best case scenario for these things is to come away with a lot of practical knowledge on how to survive outdoors. In other cases, you just leave knowing a few cool tricks that sound good in theory but are awful in practice. Frying an egg in a paper bag for instance. It sounds cool, but it never works out. Neither does using raffia for kindling, because who carries bundles of processed raffia around with them?

I wish we learned better skills than these, like building bonfires from scratch and tying knots. Of the two, the latter has proven to be the more valuable skill. There is so much you can do with knots! You can tie your shoelaces so they don’t fall apart, connect two pieces of rope and even pitch a tent with a wind flap that doesn’t fly away!

It doesn’t take scouting club to learn how to do knots. The age of smartphones has seen to that, and then some! This week’s collection takes a look at three apps that teach the basics of knot tying and how to use them properly. These were chosen for the newbie knot-tyer, so don’t worry if you aren’t quite Bear Grylls on the survivalist scale. Grab some twine and your phone, and sit yourself down scout!

Knot-Guide-iconAApp name: Knot Guide (Free Knots)

App developer: Winkpass Creations Inc.

Available on: iTunes

Easy to use: Knot Guide is the bare bones version of everything you need to know about tying knots. It includes a little “knot lingo” dictionary for all the terminology they use within the app. It’s really not fancy, but you need it to be uncluttered anyway.

Overall comment: They get clever with the “tie the knot” button. It’s basically an option that lets you start the tutorial for that particular knot. You can also hit the favorite option if you want to save the instructions for this particular pattern. Apart from that, the photos are clear and easy to understand and the language is simpler to comprehend. Simple and easy, and nothing more. Three clicks out of five.

Animated-Rope-Knots-iconAApp name: Animated Rope Knots

App developer: John Sherry

Available on: iTunes

Easy to use: I can’t always understand written instructions, even if they come with a photo. This particular app doesn’t just describe the app, it shows you how it’s done. From the monkey’s fist to the zeppelin bend, it covers 49 of the basic knots that you need to know.

Overall comment: It could be a little better in its design. When the demo video finishes, it takes you straight to the top of the list. It gets frustrating, especially when you want to review the instructions. But apart from that, it comes in pretty handy if you’re not really keen on a 2D image to teach you how to tie. Three clicks out of five.

Pro-Knot-Fishing-iconAApp name: Pro Knot Fishing + Rope Knots

App developer: John Sherry

Available on: iTunes, Google Play

Easy to use: For the survivalist in you that never got to play with the serious camping gear. This app, though still about knots, is for more specific uses. If you know someone who enjoys fishing then this is the one for them.

Overall comment: Apparently not fish are created equal. You will need to restring your fishing hook if you are aiming to catch a bigger fish (or so it says – what would I know about catching fish?). This app takes you through the basics of tying your line and securing it so your fish don’t flop away. Useful, if you’re into that sort of thing. Four clicks out of five.

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