There are lots of presentation knots out there but many of them are unreasonably complex for day to day use. Dont get me wrong, they can look bloody amazing, but if I had to retie them every time I'd finished practicing then I'd go slowly mad.
This is just one of them, but it's my favourite simply because of it's simplicity. If I had a sword that I wasn't going to be using in a while and it called for a more flamboyant knot then I'd tie one of those, but for cutters, this is a perfect mix of functional and pretty.
It has a couple of advantages.
- It doesn't take much time to retie and most of the time it can be done without an additional 'pokey' stick because it uses fewer loops for the last of the sageo to be pushed through.
- If you decide to use your sword without first untying it, the bulk of it is on the opposite side of the kurikata to your belt. This means that it's not restricting the movement of the saya as much as a more fleshed out knot.
Here's a short video showing you how to tie this knot, but if you're still baffled, skip past for pictures.
I know that sometimes video can be hard to follow purely because I already know how to tie this thing and it's human nature to completely forget this whilst you're explaining it. So I've also taken some close up shots of the knot as it's being tied, albeit by invisible hands.
And there you have it, your finished knot. That is of course unless you've ended up with a mass of sageo and entangled fingers. If thats the case, don't fret. You should of seen the mess that I made the first time I tried a full knot, it wasn't pretty. The best thing you can do is just start again and the beauty of this knot is it's short enough that you won't have lost too much time.