This article is the first of our tie knot series, where we as tie manufacturers explain the various knots used in neckwear and their origins.
One of the more popular tie knots is the Windsor knot, with two variations; the Half Windsor and the Full Windsor or Double Windsor.
Producing a wide, symmetrical triangular knot, it is thought to be named after King Edward VIII, formerly the Duke of Windsor. The Duke preferred a wider knot to his ties, so started to have them produced using a thicker fabric which was tied with a regular four in hand knot. Having ties specially made in a thicker material was not economical for many people, however. For that reason the Windsor knot was created in an attempt to emulate the wide knot seen on the Duke of Windsor, but while using a tie made from a regular thickness cloth.
The Windsor knot is used by the Royal Air Force in the UK when wearing a tie in uniform. Although the Half and Full Windsor knots are drastically different, the Full Windsor gives a fuller, more substantial triangle and is commonly used on a larger man with thicker ties while the Half Windsor is usually seen on a taller or thinner man, and used with a medium thickness tie.