(Grapevine Bend, Double Englishman’s Knot) This variation of the ordinary fisherman’s knot is a very secure bend, widely used in climbing and in search and rescue operations. The bend consists of two double overhand (strangle) knots, tied around the opposite standing parts. For joining fishing lines it’s better to tie a triple, or even quadruple fisherman’s knot. All variations of this knot tend to jam under strain, and in situations when the knot needs to be easily untied other bends are preferable.
It is also a very compact knot making it a nice knot for small flies and various tests rate it between 85 to 100 percent of line strength, with 90% probably a safe assumption. The Davy Knot should be in every fly fisher's arsenal of knots!
A simple and secure bend consisting of two overhand knots. The Fisherman’s knot is especially good for thin threads, but not recommended for thick nylon ones. The knot is compact, easy to tie even with wet hands and very difficult to untie. It is extensively used in fishing.
The Granny knot is one of the three Reef knot twins; the only difference is that the lines cross in opposite directions. The Granny knot is very insecure. It can easily slip along a line, and this feature allows it to turn effortlessly into a double half hitch — a hitch, very useful in boating.
A very safe knot for joining two lines of similar thickness. It is best to leave the running ends relatively long for additional safety. The Flemish Bend doesn’t slip along the rope. It might be difficult to untie, but it is not susceptible to jamming, nor does it damage the rope.
If you need a large formal knot and don’t want to deal with the Windsor, the St. Andrew knot is a good choice. It forms a wide elongated knot almost as large as the Windsor, but much easier to tie. Correctly tied and properly tightened, the knot protrudes over the collar in its bottom part which gives the tie an elegant curve. However, the knot is a bit asymmetric and not suitable for the most conservative events. It belongs to the group of knots that start with placing the tie around the neck inside-out, which also might be a disadvantage. St. Andrew looks better on ties of thick fabrics and on shirts with wide collar openings.
Despite its name, the Americano is a classic Italian cocktail, invented by Gaspare Campari in 1860. The cocktail became really famous, however, only in the 1920’s. This drink made of sweet vermouth and Campari bitter was very popular among American tourists. The cocktail relieved them from both the Italian heat and the U.S. Prohibition of alcohol. When bartenders saw another «Americano» heading toward a bar, they already knew what drink to prepare.
This cocktail, made of ginger ale and cherry juice, was a favorite drink of Shirley Temple, a young Hollywood star of the 30’s. Kids love bright colors and fizzy drinks. So, you can make the Shirley Temple cocktail at children’s parties without any doubt of its success.