Many restaurants try to weed out some of their customers by requiring a tie, or a coat and tie. Sometimes you don’t know this til you get there; other times you may know, but make an unplanned visit. Because of the dressing style of people out West, there is a loophole — you can wear a bolo tie. Most of the places I have been to that require ties keep a selection of loaners for you to use — if they know you, or really like your looks, or really like the looks of your money. Commonly it is a Bolo tie — they are easy to put on without a mirror — and inexpensive if you forget to return it. After all you wouldn’t want to turn away a rich Texas oil-man because he had on a bolo tie and cowboy hat and boots.
This bolo is made out of paracord, which is the most common cordage around my house. The dark blue cord started off just under 5′ long. After tying the end knots, 2 Fourfold Overhand knots (ABOK # 517 shows a Threefold Overhand knot, these are the same knot — only more so), it ends up at 4′. The slider is red paracord made up into a Turk’s Head knot of 11 Leads X 2 Bights, doubled.
To my eye it makes a handsome tie, but then if I didn’t think so, it wouldn’t be posted on my site. I may, occasionally post a less than perfect knot if its other virtues are sufficient. I would never post one I thought was ugly or completely devoid of assets.
Thank you for stopping by my parade of knots. Have a look around before you leave; there are some very nice posts that, being older, have rotated off the front page. See you next time you drop by: