So, what’s a TK really? Is it a specific thing or is it a class of tie, a form?
This is a question that seems to vex a lot of people and probably for understandable reasons. There are plenty of non-tk tks out there.
Let’s avoid the language question about takatekote for this post and just take it as having the meaning that it seems to have grown to have in the west and that is of a kind of vaguely japanese (ish) box tie. I’d also for the purposes of this post to leave out the whole hands high argument and discussion of ‘gote’ vs. ‘kote’.
The real answer to this is the one that people tend not to like when I give it. It depends. Depends what you mean, depends what the person you’re talking to means.
When you say TK to me I am going to think of the TK that I personally tie. But the TK that I personally tie depends on a lot of factors and may be different under any number of different circumstances. It’s also changed over time, or rather they’ve all changed over time.
What is and isn’t a TK is subjective, what’s a good TK or a good TK for say suspension is less subjective because to be a good TK for something it needs to fulfil some real world requirements about being structurally sound, well placed etc.
The term ‘TK’ has been used for so many different ties and interpretations and failed re-engineering attempts that it is in some ways denuded of meaning. This can in some circumstances be a positive thing if you think about it in the right way as it means that you cannot hear TK and think you know what it is from that alone.
What’s a TK? Depends.
I am not in any way an expert on the Japanese language and will probably be either wrong or terribly wrong on this subject so unless I’ve spoken to an actual Japanese person regarding the usage of a term I tend not to stick my neck out on these issues.