Tying a tie: It’s one of those things separating the men from the boys. And yet, most of us only have command of two, three knots tops. “How many knots are there?” you ask. Dozens, at least, most of which will totally amaze you. Here are ten we got from the good people at Smoking Popes to help you change up your routine. (See their site for the secrets behind these progressive variations.)
Christiansen Knot: This is a subtle, intricate knot, one that will show those paying careful attention that you’re putting in the extra effort without showing off too much.
Eldredge Knot: Here’s one that everyone is going to notice... and wonder just how you did that. But remember, a knotsmith never reveals his secrets.
Novotny Knot: Troll your friends by telling them you’re wearing an Eldredge knot. They won’t know the difference and you can spend all day with a smug sense of superiority.
Hourglass Knot: How about a knot on top and on bottom? This is a serious power knot for a serious power player who wants everyone to know he’s operating on the next level.
Plattsburgh Knot: What we love about the Plattsburgh is how classic it is; No one knows you’ve got some esoteric knot tied. They just know you’ve got a big knot and a killer double dimple.
Merovingian Knot: The Merovingian is a knot as esoteric as its namesake. Only the most patient and painstaking gentleman will be able to rock this knot, to be saved for extra-special occasions.
Onassis Knot: This ghost knot will have everyone wondering where your knot is. But that secret is between you, your personal stylist and the NSA.
Pratt Knot: Symmetrical, square and straight-up for the man who likes the classics but wants to expand his repertoire.
Trinity Knot: A playful knot, basically a more professional and adult replacement for the wacky tie. Boggles the mind, does it not?
Van Wijk Knot: Sort of only acceptable if you were Salvador Dali in a past life, David Lynch or the guy on deck to play the next Doctor.