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I suck at tie knots!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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    I know how to tie just about all the mainstream tie knots. I have the steps down pat. I have quality ties. Everything should be great when it comes to wearing a tie for me. But it isn't. I just don't have the skill of a Spoo, or a SB when it comes to getting that tie dimple just right, or attaining just the right amount of "tie boner". Help me, please! What are some of the tricks that our SF users do to get that perfect tie knot? Details or pictures would be great!
     


  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    My Bothan spies informed me that SpooPoker uses a clip:

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    Many Bothans died to bring me this information.
     
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  3. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Distinguished Member Affiliate Vendor

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    For a FIH - Wrap it tightly when knotting to stop the base knot from being loose and then pull it tightly while dimpling it at the same time with index/ finger. I find most people that have trouble knotting ties knot them too loose from start to finish, it causes sloppy dimples and they tend to slip more. YMMV.
     


  4. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Distinguished Member

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    What HC said. And bear in mind that FiH is meant to be assymetrical. I actually find Spoo's dimple is too perfect (so maybe he does use those clips... [​IMG]) and I like my dimple to be slightly off-centre as well as the knot, but maybe that's just me.
     


  5. Claghorn

    Claghorn Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Whether I use FIH or HW, I don't tighten the last loop until I start pulling the blade through. After the blade is almost entirely through, I tighten the last loop. With about an inch or two inches of blade left still above the knot, I straighten the blade (above the knot) and then begin to dimple it.

    Works well on everything but skinny (<3.25) wool ties and knit ties, both of which are the bane of my existence as far as knots are concerned.
     


  6. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Distinguished Member

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  7. Holdfast

    Holdfast Stylish Dinosaur

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    I hope they suffered, too.
     


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