Untipped Silk Ties
What are Untipped Ties and what are their differences compared to Self-tipped ties?
If you are keeping up with our posts so far, you should be by now aware of the different ways ties are constructed, the different fabrics used, their properties and more. Another differentiation in ties is that of tipping. Ties can be categorized as self-tipped or untipped.
Untipped ties are those ties that the back of the blades’ tips haven’t be closed with fabric, while self-tipped ties have their blades’ tips closed with the same fabric used for making the tie, or a cheaper alternative. Now days the majority of ties are self-tipped and only very few tie makers can afford to offer untipped ties.
Why to select an untipped tie, instead of a self-tipped tie?
Self-tipped ties require some extra fabric and for this reason use the same fabric for tipping. This is not necessarily a sign of luxury but at least is some sign of quality. Most tie makers use a synthetic or other material fabric, sometimes printed or weaved with the brand’s name, as tipping fabric, which is a clear sign of cost cutting efforts. Ties with different tipping fabric are called tipped ties.
Self-tipped ties require less work from the tie maker and it is a faster and easier process for making a tie. In fact there are sewing tools that can complete the self-tipping of the tie in less than 3 minutes, while untipped ties will require about 20 to 40 minutes for the tipping. More on this point below.
Full length lined ties, these are ties that use interling from one tip of the tie all the way to the other tip of the tie, require self-tipping to hide the interling at the tips of the tie and keep the interlining in place.
There are occasion that seven fold unlined ties use self-tipping as a choice of style, but keep in mind that self-tipped ties are shade heavier than untipped ties.
HOW FAR DOWN SHOULD A PROPER TIE HANG?
Throughout history, ties have been worn at different lengths, dictated directly by the edicts of each era’s prevailing fashion. Today’s sweet spot is just at the top of or half way down the belt.
GUIDE TO APPROPRIATE TIE WIDTH
Many men mistakenly believe that the modern look is narrow or semi-narrow ties, but there is a rule of thumb that dictates the width of your tie at its widest, should be the same as the width of your jacket’s lapel. Please refer to the illustration below.
NECKTIES IN VARIOUS MATERIALS
Beyond the actual appearance of the ties, there are other matters to consider when making your selections. We have tried to make your choices more manageable by discussing the characteristics of the various materials that our ties are made from.
Silk is a soft lustrous fibre produced by silk worms. This natural material makes the tie drape perfectly where it hangs.
Silk ties have unique colourations and wonderful light reflections.
Silk ties can be ironed but at the lowest heat setting only.
In comparison, silk ties are more expensive than other materials.
Silk is less resistant to water and stains.
It is wiser to store silk ties in a rolled up coil than on a tie rack.
Polyester is resistant to both water and stains.
Very resistant to curling up.
Polyester ties are less fragile than silk and hold there colours well over their lifetimes.
Much less expensive, costing as little as half of what you would pay for a silk tie.
Polyester does not breathe, unlike natural materials do, so on hot summer days you can get a damp and sticky feeling around your neck.
Polyester does absorb odours such as those of smoke and sweat.
Polyester does not wrinkle which is a good thing because that synthetic material absolutely abhors heat sources, especially from an iron.
Natural cotton is a material that breathes well so that it is suitable for anytime of year.
Fleecy cotton material.
can easily lose its shape and curl upward.
FLAX FIBRE TIES
Flax is a fluffy material that even a small breeze will ruffle.
This fibre also breathes so it is ideal for summer ties.
Flax is a relatively strong material but is likely to curl more easily.
Either woven or knitted, wool ties drape very well.
Somewhat resistant to moisture.
There are many qualities of wool available but the higher ends, such as cashmere wool, can be a little pricey.
Because of their natural warming properties they are more appropriate for the cooler times of the year.