Saturday, August 06, 2016

Breaking the drought...

First hard cider purchase of 2016, Original Sin, from the local Eagle's Landing Bottle Shoppe.

The neoprene bottle sleeve/koozie was an online contest prize that I won, and it even has a built in bottle opener.  The zipper has a ring type pull, and instead of cutting it off and adding a paracord pull, like a crown sinnet, I left it on and did some ringbolt hitching with a few feet of red 0.9mm string.

The hitching needs a brush on coat of krazy/super glue to keep it from twisting from handling over the smooth metal ring though.

There's a couple of raised sections on the bottom part of the ring that could probably be filed down flush with the rest of the ring, but I just left it alone, working the cord around it.

On a side note, I'd watched Hinterland on Netflix months ago, and the main character often wore a jacket with a similar zipper pull, and every time I saw it on screen, I couldn't help but think it needed some knot work on it, lol...

I used my Leatherman Brewzer one-piece multitool to lift the bottle caps.

Held firmly, it only takes a single pull to remove the caps, so thumbs up on bottle opener function, and it works well also as a prybar, fingernail cleaner and standard screwdriver, kept on my edc keychain.  It replaced the Gerber Shard that had been there for a while previously, also a decent keychain edc. 

I'd added a gaucho knot variation with 0.9mm cord a few years ago after I purchased the tool, and it's starting to look worn, but I figure I'll just leave it alone until it frays and starts coming apart before I decide if I'll add another...





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Monday, July 11, 2016

Watcha wearing...

Several of the forums I'm a member of have a 'Watcha wearing' related thread where members show and/or discuss their new or old watches and watchbands, from the inexpensive basic favorites up to the kind that cost more than some cars.

All of mine are definitely on the lower end as far as price range, lol, but they keep time and work fine for me.
I occasionally use some paracord knot work for my own personalized watchbands as shown in several past blog posts.

I still have most of the ones I've made and still switch them out with the handful of watches that I wear.  I've worn these woven variations, that I made over six years ago, with a couple of watches this past week...



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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Checkered Headhunter Knot

I tied a Checkered Headhunter Knot for a decorative grip around the body of the ULTIMATE EDC CAPSULE, a waterproof Delrin® storage container, that County Comm provided to me in a care package.

Like the previous couple of blog posts that I've shared this week, Checkered Pineapple Knot and Checkered Herringbone Knot, I followed the diagrams in Tom Hall's book, 'Introduction to Turk's Head Knots', to learn the pattern for the Checkered Headhunter knot, which starts with a 5 lead 4 bight Turk's head knot (also the base starte for the gaucho knot).

I used international orange paracord and 3/32" neon green with black tracer tether cord, both received from County Comm, for this project.  I started by tying the 5 lead 4 bight TH with the paracord, which I then raised/expanded into a 7 lead 6 bight knot.  Then I used the tether cord to work in the headhunter pattern, keeping everything straight and lined up, and gradually tightened it down, trimming and tucking the ends to finish.

I had started with 10 foot long lengths of each cord when I started, but only ended up using around six or so feet of each after tightening.  I'd thought I might raise/expand the 7 x 6 to a 9 x 8, but went with the slimmer wrap even though there was room for the larger knot.

The screw on cap of the capsule has a lanyard hole, so I used a leftover strand of the orange paracord, gutted (inner strands removed) to make an attachment fob, adding a Jester skull bead that Schmuckatelli Co. had sent me a few months ago, tying a two-strand footrope knot at the base of the lanyard bead.  I used a remnant strand of the tether cord to tie a simple Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet between the lanyard hole and the pewter bead, trimming the end strands with scissors and neatly melting the ends in place with my wood burning tool.

The Checkered Headhunter knot stays in place by friction alone, but you could make it more secure by first wrapping a strip of X-Treme Tape (self-fusing silicone tape) around the capsule body first, and it's certainly grippy enough to stay put and insure the tightened knot work done over it stays where intended.


I added some items to my capsule to provide for a variety of common possible edc needs that might come up.  A few leftovers from an MRE package included salt/pepper, sugar, instant coffee, and a wet nap.  I also added several bandaids, a couple of alcohol wipes, ibuprofen tablets, a whistle/storage capsule with a bunch of 81mg aspirin or a tightly rolled bill of cash might also fit, a titanium widgy bar, Maratac AAA LED flashlight, a firesteel, Companion Compass, and a Victorinox Waiter Swiss Army Knife with micro screwdriver fit into the corkscrew.

You might carry your stocked capsule in a backpack, glove compartment, tackle box, storage tote, or fanny pack.

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Checkered Herringbone Knot

Another item that County Comm sent me in the last care package was the A/B Cache (Dual Compartment Capsule in Titanium).

Like my previous blog post, I followed instructions from Tom Hall's book, 'Introduction to Turk's Head Knots', this time for a Checkered Herringbone knot.  I think it's a nice book to have for anyone seriously interested in learning more on tying Turk's head knots and their variations.

I used black 0.9mm cord to start off tying a 5 lead 4 bight Turk's head knot around the capsule(also shown in my gaucho knot video tutorial, a common base knot for many variations).  I then raised/expanded that to a 7 lead 6 bight knot, then again to a 9 lead 8 bight knot.

The expanded knots sometimes get skewed at an angle on me, so I keep enough slack to straighten them out a bit and from there I worked in the checkered herringbone knot pattern with red 0.9mm string.

With some patience and gradual tightening, trying to keep the knot crossings straight and lined up, I completed this project while watching some Netflix, but I'll probably have to go back and re-watch a couple of episodes(Scream ~ Season 1) since the knot work required attention to detail, lol...

I had started with a measured out three foot long lengths of cord, for both the black and red strands, and after tightening probably had around a foot left over of each to trim off.

This titanium capsule has enough room for me to get about five Benadryl tablets in one end and four regular 325mg aspirin in the other, and the installed o-rings keep out any moisture.

Since some folks will ask about the other kechain items, so also on the edc (everyday carry) keyring are a red alox Victorinox CadetARC-P LED flashlight, USB key flash drive, on a covered cable key ring, attached to a Nissan logo leather key/change clip wallet I'd bought a few years ago, ebay I think.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Checkered Pineapple Knot

County Comm sent me one of their new Titanium Peanut Lighter XL ™ By Maratac to try out.  I followed the directions in Tom Hall's Introduction to Turk's Head Knots for tying the Checkered Pineapple knot, as seen on the lighter cap.

The diagrams I followed are on page 113, a 10 part 8 bight 2 pass Type 2 Checkered Pineapple Knot, and I tied a longer base 4 bight TH knot to do the same pattern on the body of the lighter, with electric blue #95/Type I paracord and white 2mm mini blind string.  I would have used white Type I paracord if I'd had any, but I think the similar sized shade cord worked out just fine.





The Jig Pro Shop sent me one of their new Knotters Tool II in stainless steel with 3 different sized stainless steel lacing needles stored inside.


This marlinspike tool has a more tapered narrow end spike for working with smaller diameter cord compared with the original Knotters Tool.  I just had to take care when using it with paracord since the smaller tip could catch/snag the paracord's outer sheath threads if I wasn't careful, but really like this version better since it can work with a wider range of cord sizes.

I used some 3/32" leather lace to tie the gaucho knots around the grooves of the tool, and three-strand flat braided some of the leftover end strands to make a fingerloop at the lanyard hole, tied with a two-strand footrope knot.

 






For another project I used one of those inexpensive 1 AA battery or 14500 rechargeable lithium cell LED zoomable flashlights that I'd bought a couple of years ago(probably ebay for under $4), where the rechargeable battery cost twice as much or more than the light, lol.   

But, it still works well with its flood to spot adjustable beam, so it does get used occasionally, even if it's just to go fetch the newspaper at the end of the driveway at 4AM.

I used some red 0.9mm cord to tie a few three lead/part turks head knots in the grooves of the flashlight body. I didn't count the bights, just kept adding them until it got too tight to do any more...

"ALETO N8" is printed on the head of the light, but that doesn't seem to help bring up any in search results on google or ebay for this specific product, just a few other designs with the same name on them.  The light has the same modes and function as the popular SK68 flashlights, which I still have one of and gave several away to friends/family a few years ago, so it probably has the same internal parts and emitter.


The 14500 batteries that I have are a very tight fit inside the body of this light, where they go in easy, but are difficult to get back out, so I prefer to just use a regular AA battery in this one even if it does mean it's not as bright.

Those batteries can vary a bit in size from one manufacturer to another, just enough so that they might fit in one light and not another. I have an EagleTac and Nitecore version of the 14500 which are also slightly too big for another light that is also supposed to use them (Sunwayman R10A) and have seen mention by others on CandlePowerForums that some batteries fit and others do not, being wider or longer than necessary.


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