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Tying the Knot

A history of the nautical rope bracelet by Kiel James Patrick

As a young lad growing up seaside in New England, visiting the island of Nantucket was my summer tradition. I can vividly recall the ferry ride from Hyannis, circling the upper deck with untamed anticipation and a Roy Rogers gripped firmly in my hand. Among my favorite and most treasured summer memories, acquiring a sailor’s knot bracelet from Nantucket remains today the most cherished. For centuries, the knot has been a symbol of function, tradition and survival for sailors and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Beginning first as a pastime, sailors fashioned bracelets from excess rope found on ... Read the full story »