The Christiansen or the Cross knot is a long narrow knot. These characteristics make it perfect for shirts with narrow collars. The knot is formal looking but still has a touch of flare. It looks good with most necktie widths and patterns but I prefer how it looks with narrow ties. If you are interested in other knots that are also long and narrow check out the Van Wijk and the Four-in-Hand.
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This knot is claimed to have been created by the artist Lisa Van Wijk. Her purpose was to invent the tallest knot possible. Did she succeed? Well, it is a pretty tall knot, although I think my very own Krasny Hourglass and possibly the Glennie Double both end up being "taller" you could claim those are actually double knots and not a single knot… Regardless, this knot is very striking and a great addition to any knot aficionado's tie rack.
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This is the Atlantic knot. In my opinion it looks worse than the Cape Knot because it is less symetrical. However it does use less fabric and looks slightly smaller. The video is mirrored for ease of use. Send me pictures so I can see how your knot turned out!
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This is the Balthus knot. I suspect this is the knot worn by Hannibal in the new TV show. The obvious characteristic is it's magnificent size. It is actually a bit of a trick. I am tying the knot very shallow, or with lots of slack on the little end. Using the wider part of the tie creates a larger knot and that is what I aim to emphasize. The method is successful in making a huge knot, but also requires a vest or jacket to look normal. If you want to tie the Balthus with the intent to wear it normally, you can surely do that, it will just be smaller.
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This knot is called the Miniature. It has that name because the knot itself is so small in nature. It has two distinct characteristics: it is tied using the small end of the tie, and it exposes the reverse side of the tie on the knot. Usually this is where the unsightly seam would be, but with a reversible tie (such as the ties from theMagnetie.com) this is a benefit. Rock your reversible ties in style with the miniature knot. Perfect for narrow ties and narrow collars. Another bonus is how little fabric this knot requires. Even for you freakishly tall guys, there should be no length issues!
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This "knot" or rather, absence of knot, was first seen on the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis in 1989. Not sure if he is the inventor, but he is certainly the innovator. I have seen several ways to tie it (well only two) one is the Full Windsor base and the other is a Four-in-Hand base. Both end the same way, and both end up looking the same. I prefer the Windsor variation for two reasons: it is a firmer knot, and will knot come loose on it's own, and it creates a symmetrical knot so it's easier to keep the top of the Onassis horizontal. But like I said, it hardly matters, start it whichever way feels more comfortable to you.
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What if I told you, a standard necktie can be tied into a bow tie knot? What do you do with all your damaged, frayed, or stained ties? Throw them away? I hope not! Keep them in a forgotten drawer in your closet? Well, it's time to crack that drawer open because I am about to show you how to breath new life into your old ties. Let's call it a rebirth. They make perfectly good bow ties with zero modifications. Just watch the video below and breath new life into all of your dejected, creased, frayed, and stained neckties. This works best with thinner, lighter ties, but with a little effort I am confident any tie can make a fine bow tie. As a matter of fact, I purchased a $1 necktie from the dollar store (the quality is obviously terrible) and even that rag made an excellent bow tie!
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Bow ties are a mystery to many people. When do you wear it? How do you tie it? Well I can at least help you learn how to tie it. No self-respecting gentlemen wears a clip-on bow tie. Those are for kids. You need to know how to tie one! If you don't have a bow tie to tie, you can even make a bow tie with a regular necktie, even those that have been stained or damaged.
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