The origins of this knot are two fold and quite contemporary. The original credit has been attributed to a gentleman by the name of Henry Hu. Hu first posted a video tutorial of "The Han" on Youtube and then linked it to his MySpace page (ask your parents about MySpace...it was huge.)

Although it did not get much attention, a few years later, another man by the name of Alex Krasney. Krasney claims to have developed the same knot on his own. Since Krasney was unaware of Hu's video, he named the knot "The Cape" due to the tail hanging loose behind the post of the knot.

This is a more formal knot, albeit contemporary. I would recommend using it with solid ties as using patterns would only serve to distract from the intricacies of the knot itself. A semi-spread spread collar goes well with this knot as the Han is very wide at the top. This knot is also well suited for shirts with a contrast collar. As with any knot tied with the tail, this knot would work well with a contrast tie.

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  • Anatomy: Complex

    This is a broad knot that is tied with the tail of the tie. It is in the Windsor family in that the opening movements relate to the family but the action is performed on the tail instead of the broad end of the tie. The design of this knot reverses the location of the draw so that when you go to tighten it, you will be surprised to find you need to pull in the other direction.

  • Difficulty: Medium

    I had to retie it twice in order to get it to the point that I was happy. One piece of advice, do not tie the initial portion of the knot too tight. Crimp the broad end of the tie in your left hand so that it is gathered the way you like, and then tie the small end around it.. The only quirk is having enough little end to go through the final loop.

  • Fabric Consumption: Med

    You will end up using a considerable amount of fabric with this knot, but the knot is pretty small so the consumption should be manageable even for larger people.

  • Symmetry: High

    If done perfectly, the knot should be completely symmetrical. There is a tendency for the horizontal loop in the center to get a little diagonal. You can fight it, or you can just let it go.

  • Style: Solids

    The fabric travels in a variety of directions with this knot making striped ties pretty risky. The stripes end up traveling in seemingly random directions and it might look messy. Patterns and paisley would looks fine, but the complexity of the knot make them sub optimal because they might overshadow the folds. Solid ties are perfect because the shadows and folds can be the focus.

  • Venue: Celebratory

    It is a complex and flashy know with multiple levels and angles. It is sure to draw attention and make you seem like a bit of a show off. That is certainly fine with me! But in some formal occasions it might not be the desired reaction. As always though, these rules are not set in stone. You can wear this to work and casually as you see fit.

    • Tie clip recommended
    • Good with vest or cardigan
    • Contrast tie ads visual interest to the knot
  • Diagram

    the cape necktie knot diagram