Most guys know 2 of the 4 common knots. Some combination of Four in Hand, Half Windsor, Windsor, and a few may even know the Pratt. Those knots will all work great for your standard ties of the 80's and 90's when we were taught them. These ties were wider and mostly all of them were smooth silk.
These days guys like variety in their ties. Different textures, different fabrics. Once abhorred by sartorialists, these days a guy wearing a narrow cotton tie looks great at his boss's barbeque. A textured wool tie can take some of the Wall Street edge off of your suit for the office, and transition perfectly for a less casual atmosphere out on the town.
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The problem is, with the combination of skinnier ties and thicker fabrics, our old standby knots don't give us the results we need.
Perfect for a cotton, 2.5 inch tie. Most guys will default to a Four in Hand, for the casual asymmetrical look, however because of the slimmer tie, a four in hand knot will create a very, very small knot. To make up for this, we use The Kelvin knot: A variation on the Four in Hand which adds size, without bulk.