- Dec 30, 2007
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So I've just been tying four-in-hand knots. Since I was a teenager. I think I went through a Windsor phase for about six months. Recently, I've been reading up on ties more. I have shirts and trousers down, and one odd jacket. Ties seemed the next logical step. I was always so amazed at how well you gentlemen's knots looked, with the subtle second wrap of the tie just peeking out from underneath the knot. I learned this was the Prince Albert knot, something I'd shied away from because I'm a tall guy with a big (fat) neck, and getting my ties' tails long enough to pass through the keeper was always a challenge. But I've resolved to buy a Sam Hober tie in early 2011, and since I can choose its length, I thought I'd try the Albert knot, just to see if it's all it's cracked up to be. It is! There's a satisfying thickness to it, without swallowing up lengths of the tie like a Windsor or half-Windsor. It was also easier to make the dimple than I think it's ever been before. Lastly, watching all the fabric Rube-Goldberg its way tight as I tightened the knot and slid it up to my collar was mesmerizing. And lo and behold, in fifteen seconds, my tie looks perfect. It stands away from the shirt, and is delightfully just asymmetrical. And this is probably the cheapest tie I own! It's a sophisticated knot that, to a passerby, looks completely ordinary. I love it. Three cheers for Prince Albert and his knot. Leaving the four-in-hand behind me, and not looking back.