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The Original Mystic Sailor Knot

As a family we have been tying sailor knot bracelets, or Turks Head Knots, for over 50 years. What is a sailor knot, you ask? Here is a short history.

Often called a Sailor's Knot, the Turks head is a historic knot used aroung railings and masts to provide grips during wet and stormy weather. Representations of the Turks Head are found in carvings throughout the world. Naming this knot Turks Head derives from a comment in sheet anchor (1808) where Lever states "worked with a longline, it will form a kind of Crown or Turban."

As well as jewelry, this knot has been used as handholds, footropes, and in decorative bell ropes and beckets. There is also the popular lore that sailors would give these to their sweethearts after a long ocean voyage.

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