much have been said about knife tying, again i would like to open a topic regarding the construction of the base in which the knife is being tied on.
i've noticed that the majority of our gaffers be it in hackfights, smalltime and bigtime derbies still uses the long cotton tape or "sapin" in making the base.
if the majority still practices the traditional way of tying the knife, does this mean that it is more effective than the other styles of knife tying like the leather boot and socketknives.
in bigtime derbies too such as the WSD and Candelaria, 90% uses the long tape. i'm sure they are not stupid to use it if there is a chance that the knife will move after a few buckles as some claims, considering the amount of money involve in each bet.
in bacolod, they might not consider you as a true gaffer if you don't tie the knife the traditional way.
i'm here in iloilo now, and the one inch leather boot is gaining popularity.
to my fellow cockers, what would you prefer, the leather boot or traditional cotton tape. why