Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes - erotic book by Entrenue - review by gsfanatic

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Great for the new to intermediate bondage fan

This is an excellent book that allows you to get into bondage, as well as learning new tricks and how to use furniture. I'd happily buy this again.
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Pros:
Beginner and intermediate friendly, photographs are helpful
Cons:
Could be a bit smaller and more discrete
Rating by reviewer:
5
useful review

About author

I'm a huge fan of the Two Knotty Boys' website, and visit at least once a month. The authors are Dan and JD, collectively called Two Knotty Boys. Their writing style is very simple and goes well with the pictures. There is a lot of humor in the book, which helps put the reader at ease with what could easily be a difficult subject.
    • Engaging
    • Expert author

Content / Style / Audience

This book is an excellent walkthrough of bondage, with sections on safety, different types of bondage from basic to artistic, and ways to expand your knowledge with further reading. In addition, the glossary is well done from my skimming through it (I was already familiar with almost all of the terms).

I started this book with a decent amount of knowledge of knots, but not any specialized for bondage. I practiced the first section and learned knots faster than usual. The section on decorative bondage was a great starter section, and it should inspire more people to try Shibari. The section on domination bondage was a great way to create practical control, which is something that's not as easy with Shibari.

My favorite section was the sex section. My partner and I tend to like the practical aspect, and it was nice to have a quick way to tie her up without limiting our ability to have sex.

The really nice thing about the book is that there aren't any major equipment needs. A lot of people think you need crosses and the like, but you can get amazing results with just some rope. At most, you need a chair or other common furniture.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Beginners
    • Bondage
    • Intermediate
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Bdsm

Design

The layout is well designed and goes from the core knots to the advanced rigging techniques. It's also broken up into sections on bondage for appearance, domination, and sex, which can help if you prefer practical or pretty bondage. I appreciated the safety section, and it helped put my partner's concern at ease about the risks of being tied up.

The book was also well put together structurally, although it is a bit large to fit on most book shelves. Admittedly, it's less than discrete, but that's fine with me since I can store it with the rest of my equipment. The pages are great, and the only thing that you could add was higher cost for gloss.
    • Diagrams / photos included
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

I loved the book, and it helped me get better at some of my rigging skills.

Experience

I have some experience with knot tying and bondage, but I hadn't done anything too elaborate. I used this book to add some more elaborate and fancy knots, as well as making things more comfortable for my partner. She really appreciated it, both for the new positions and being able to window shop for what I'd do to her.
Follow-up commentary
Still loving the book. I haven't become tired of trying new things. It's also been interesting to combine the fundamentals.
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  • Peggi
    Peggi  
    Good review.

    This is an interesting product, I'll have to check it out. It seems like I could possibly learn a few things from it!
  • mpfm
    mpfm  
    Thanks for the review. Sounds like a helpful book.
  • curious kitten
    curious kitten  
    good review, not into bondage, but the book sounds interesting.
  • TransMarc
    TransMarc  
    Seems great to learn. Thanks for the review.
  • Badass
    Badass  
    Great review, thank you much!
  • Highmaintenancegirl916
    Highmaintenancegirl916  
    thanks for the review.
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    Undead  
    Thanks for the review.
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    Thanks for reviewing!
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