Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Digging thru the gadget drawers...

I was digging around in the closet storage containers and going through gadget drawers looking for things to sell on ebay to help pay bills, and found the shovel project from a couple of years ago.

I'd tied a paracord pineapple knot around the center section of the shovel where it wouldn't interfere with the folding function, while trying out a few lacing needles that eXtremePara.com had sent me to test out.  I had also added a paracord gaucho knot around a handle of a trowel that I've kept in a bug out bag.

Since I've not been using either, they may go up on the ebay auction block soon with some other edc type things like flashlights, knives, multitools and whatnot from the collection.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stormdrane's eBay Listings November 2016

I need funds for bills and expenses, so I will start listing some things from the gadget drawer collection on ebay.

I scheduled some to start tonight, Tuesday, November 15 at 11PM Eastern time, to run for five days, ending on Sunday, November 20.

After I get paid for those and ship them out, I'll most likely list some more items. Not listing international at the moment because of excessive shipping costs.

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The Limited Edition bags with my logo may be out of stock and and I don't know when/if they'll make some more, but you can still check out the other cool mochi bags and see if any of them might meet your needs or serve as a gift for friends/family.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A quick paracord bandolier review from LordDraconical!

The Paracord Nerf Dart Bandolier from the previous blog post, tied in a king cobra stitch/doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet, was received by LordDraconical, and he gives a brief un-boxing review before later putting it through the paces in a weekend SENC Nerf battle 

Check out Drac's YouTube channel to see custom Nerf blasters and reviews on foam warfare props and whatnot.



The couple of paracord keychain/keyring fobs included with the bandolier have Schmuckatelli Co. Fang skull beads, on pewter and the other has a black oxide finish, and the carabiner had a neon green paracord long four bight Turk's head knot with County Comm orange tether cord gaucho knots.  Knots used on the keyfobs were an Extended two-strand Matthew Walker knot and a Two-strand Footrope knot.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Paracord Nerf Dart Bandolier

A project I started on back in the Spring after a friend suggested I collaborate with the world famous LordDraconical on a Nerf type project, which would turn out be a bandolier for the common Elite type Nerf darts.

I ordered some black and neon green paracord and also some black elastic webbing and shock cord to work on some ideas with loops for the darts.  After some tying and untying with different designs, I decided to keep it simple so others could easily duplicate it on their own and went with the Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet and doubled variation.

I tried to adjust the loops to where they weren't too tight on the darts, where a couple of previous versions I found the foam darts would easily compress and stay like that for a while, and I thought that might affect the aerodynamics when they get fired, going in any direction but straight, but I don't know since I do not own a Nerf gun to actually test that out.

The loop section is 60 inches long, first done with neon green paracord and finished with a 6" extension with an HK type clip at the end of the loop, then I went back over the whole thing with black paracord.  A little research turned up shotgun shell bandoliers that were 53 inch long loops, and single point slings usually run smaller, but I figured the more darts the merrier, and someone were wearing a jacket or heavier clothing, Nerf armor if that's a thing, it would fit over all that.

I had purchased 60 darts, and there's room for 72 on the bandolier. The extension at the end could be used to attach to a water bottle, another Nerf gun, bag/satchel/pouch of more darts, or secure to a belt loop or whatnot...

The elastic ends are secure with a little needle and thread, but the loops are held in place by friction with the knot work. As it sits, one could adjust the loops by moving slack from the loops to either side to make larger loops to hold bigger darts or magazines, didn't test it out though.

About 68 feet of neon green paracord was used and 73 of black, worked with single 100 foot long strands to tie the bandolier and I think I used around 15 feet of 3/8" elastic webbing for the loops.

The basic design has been used by many for rifle slings and even a few rifle ammo bandoliers too, but I didn't see anyone working with Nerf darts and using elastic that fit just right along the knot work.

A wide pattern with dual elastic loops for the darts would be cooler, I think, but also heavier and much more time and paracord involved, but I'm sure someone will run with it and share further ideas since this Nerf stuff is very popular.

Once Drac gets to try it out and see if it's even usable as it is or more deserving to be melted down for scrap, I'm sure he'll share his well respected opinion on it. ;)

For those that want to make a simple closed loop bandolier, without an added attachment end, think of making an upscaled slip-on type paracord bracelet, tied to desired size, then go back over it again with elastic and another layer of paracord. Or for making one with a side-release buckle, the old bracelet tutorial with adding in additional length for core strands will do.

You can get creative with any pattern that would allow you to work in the elastic webbing for dart retention, just remember not too tight or the foam darts get squeezed. ;)




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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mandala Knot...




A knot tying friend, Robert, had recently shared a link on Google+ for a Chinese website knot tutorial, for which the name translated to 'Mandala Knot', showing a couple of variations, with the simpler one used here.

I tied an example with a length of black paracord for a Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K pocket knife edc lanyard/fob, with a loop section just large enough for my little finger to fit through for retention, so as to not drop the knife when using it.

The knot has a pleasing pattern of tight curving loops to a center point on both sides of a somewhat thick disc shape after careful shaping and tightening of the knot.

Also tied were a couple of two-strand stopper knots, before and after the Mandala Knot, so I ended up using about two feet of paracord in the finished lanyard/fob.

You may use more or less cord depending on the loop size and spacing of the knots, so start off with more cord than you think you'll use so you don't come up short when tying. ;)
 

 



The Chinese site shows a couple of variations of the knot, after the true lovers knot (ABoK #3782) shown at the start, and I went with the simpler one for the video and the examples with the pocket knife lanyard/fob.  Here's a photo with the neon orange and neon green paracord with both variations, where you may or might not notice the slight difference, with the look of an extra turn or bight for each color on the one on the left compared with the one on the right...


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And a Mandala knot tied with some 3/8" twisted nylon rope.  My Zippo alongside for size reference.