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"Christensen" tie knot rediscovered

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lucky Strike, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    Before the Great Crash this winter, I posted a question about the "Christensen" knot, which I'd once learned, used for a while and then forgot. I finally found "The Book of Ties" at the local Salvation Army, where the knot was illustrated: [​IMG] [​IMG] Any thoughts? The book seems to have been made as some sort of promotional material for the Tie Rack chain, and is also the victim of a translation from the Italian to English, with not a few curiosities. (I also have to say that I'm quite impressed with my new mobile camera, after photographing this straight from the pages.)
     
  2. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    I like it. A good way to be different. I'd love someone to do the knot and post a photograph. Kind of hard to make a real judgment without seeing the "3D" look.
     
  3. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    There may be one problem. Some unknowing folk may think you don't know how to tie your tie.
     
  4. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like it. Will try it when I get home.
     
  5. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    I like it on paper. I'll give it a shot.
     
  6. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    It is extraordinarily difficult to get this knot to look like it does on paper. Somewhat interesting in real life, but its details are covered by the shirt collar, unless a spread collar is worn. Getting the little piece to show on the lower left is basically impossible....
     
  7. denning

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    I normally stick with the four in hand because for symmetical knots I don't like how wide the top of the triangle of a windsor knot is in comparison with the narrow bottom. But this is basically a symetrical knot in the dimensions of a four in hand with just that little bit of difference. I am an instant convert and will be using this with regularity.
     
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    I like it! It looks like the last step involves pulling the wide blade under two loops of the tie. I'll give it a try.

    My only danger is, since I don't wear a tie very often, people may indeed think I don't know how to tie a tie.
     
  9. jml90

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    I like it but alas I can not figure out what I'm doing wrong it comes out exactly like my half windsor
     
  10. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    turns out looking like this for me:

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Senior member

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    hey not bad...i like it
     
  12. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    Maybe I`m doing it wrong, but it seems a lot like a half windsor in reverse...and the result is almost the same.

    Personally, I like the Prince Albert which has the merits of a FiH with a little more volume.
     
  13. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    interest way to tie a knot i will have to try later! cheers!!
     
  14. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    The Merovingian wore a similar knot in The Matrix Reloaded... interesting.
     
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    rnoldh Senior member

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    turns out looking like this for me:

    [​IMG]



    Looks good! At your leisure, and if you can, could you post a pic of the knot worn on a shirt.[​IMG]
     
  16. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    To quote a famous piano-key-necktie inventor, "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills." I had to try it. But I can get no result nearly matching that diagram. I fail to see how it could possibly come out that way. If I'm doing it right (who knows) it's exactly like a half windsor except the big end goes through both possible loops. But you still end up with a wide strap across the front.
     
  17. lifersfc

    lifersfc Senior member

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    To quote a famous piano-key-necktie inventor, "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills." I had to try it. But I can get no result nearly matching that diagram. I fail to see how it could possibly come out that way. If I'm doing it right (who knows) it's exactly like a half windsor except the big end goes through both possible loops. But you still end up with a wide strap across the front.
    Like I said...it's pretty difficult to tie correctly. At first I wasn't going through BOTH loops, but once I figured that out it started working. Instead of wrapping the last two loops around the bottom, really try to make them more diagonal (exaggerate the top-to-bottom movement) and hold them in place. This will get the cross, although the piece on the bottom left of the photo will not be visible unless you use a tie that does not get wider toward the end. By the way, anyone know any other cool knots? I think I might actually use this one with a spread collar once in a while, although it takes about 5 minutes of fidgeting to get it to look right...
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    I was trying it on the really long narrow end of a narrow tie, and i got a result basically like the picture posted earlier in the thread. But nothing like the diagram shows.
     
  19. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Well, in the process I invented this, which I have tentatively named "The Gordian" (pending check on a duplicate name):

    [​IMG]

    The catch is that you must pay me $5 license fee every time you use it. BTW, it could be tightened further, but I like it more loose.
     
  20. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    Well, in the process I invented this, which I have tentatively named "The Gordian" (pending check on a duplicate name):

    [​IMG]

    The catch is that you must pay me $5 license fee every time you use it. BTW, it could be tightened further, but I like it more loose.


    legally speaking, i think you're infringing on "the walmart manager" knot.
     

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