Friday, August 17, 2018

Today's EDC is a 2005 flashback...

I first EDC'd the Camillus Heat pocket knife and Nuwai Q-III LED flashlight back in 2005 and they've both remained in the gadget drawer collection, taken out to carry every once in a while.

I couldn't remember the last time I'd tied a crown sinnet lanyard/fob, so I made one for the Camillus (a square sinnet instead of round) with olive drab and black paracord, finishing with a four strand crown and diamond knot and added a bronze Classic Schmuckatelli Co. skull bead.

The flashlight has a paracord finger ring attached for retention, shown in a 2011 blog post.





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Thursday, August 02, 2018

A King's Crown Button Knot Paracord Wrist Lanyard...

I tied a King's Crown Button Knot for use with a paracord wrist lanyard.  I extended the center loop section of the knot out, instead of keeping it tightened down at the center of the knot, and added a gaucho interweave knot over a wooden bead to adjust the loop size of the lanyard, shown attached to a Swiss Army Knife (Wenger Traveler).

The King's Crown adds a couple of steps to the popular lanyard/diamond knot, giving one side of the knot a couple of extra bights, presenting the named 'crown' shape.

One should take care in gradually tightening up the knot and working the slack out, so that you get the shape just right when finished, or you may have to loosen things back up or untie and start over.
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There are a couple of YouTube video tutorials for tying this knot, one from WhyKnot and another from The Weavers of Eternity.  I'll post both of them below for those that want to have a go at the knot.






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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pa's backup EDC keychain lanyard...


I found my Pa's backup EDC keyring setup, tucked away in a spot where it probably hadn't been used in a while, and some of the items were in need of a cleaning and lubrication or replacement (paracord), having tape residue on blades from opening boxes, and some minor surface rust removal needed in the case of the Leatherman Micra and the old Made in USA Swiss Tech gold tini coated multitool (I'd given both of those to Pa probably close to twenty years ago).

The paracord lanyard/fob that was attached to the keychain, a basic Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/cobra stitch type, was one that I probably tied back in 2005, and was dirty/sticky where it looked like maybe candy melted to it at some point (in a backpack/messenger bag/satchel in a hot car).

So, I tied a new lanyard in the same style as the old one, using some digital woodland pattern paracord and adding a Schmuckatelli Co. Ona Tiki bead to replace the pot metal bead that was on it, which most likely came from Michael's craft store, wallyworld, or Hobby Lobby.

As mentioned, there's a Leatherman Micra and Swiss Tech multitool on the keyring, plus a Gerber Nailclipper (a design that's had many different brand names on it), Spyderco Ladybug Salt (County Comm exclusive in orange ~ 2011), Titanium Pico Widgy prybar with kydex sheath (County Comm), Titanium Peanut lighter, and I added a small fauxton LED keychain light since there wasn't a flashlight on the keychain.  I thought there was a Maratac AA LED light that I'd given to Pa to add to the keychain at one time, but I haven't seen it around in a long time, so it may be lost...

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I tied a few more, using different finish Cyber skull beads.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pineapples Akimbo...

To make a closed loop edc paracord wrist lanyard for my Victorinox Tinker SAK and Maratac AAA LED flashlight, I tied an Arms Akimbo lanyard knot, from 'The Directory of Knots', by John Shaw, a knot that is usually tied along a single strand length of cord. Knot #583 in 'The Ashley Book of Knots'.

I brought the end strands of a 32" length of paracord together and treated the two end strands as one, taking care to keep them aligned through the twists and turns of the knot so that they didn't get overlapped and out of sorts when tightening it up.

I also tied a 10 part 8 bight 2 pass type 2 pineapple knot with some 1.4mm cord, tightened up around an old improvised oversized lacing needle made from metal chopsticks.  This was done so that the finished knot would be large enough to pull a loop of ungutted paracord through.  You could also use a drinking straw or Bic pen body as a mandrel to tie the knot around.

Then I gave the knot a couple of brushed on coats of Krazy Glue, first around the outside of the knot and after that coat dried, I removed the knot from the lacing needle and applied another coat of glue around the inside of the knot to make a sliding lanyard bead of it.

This pineapple knot is shown in Tom Hall's book, 'Introduction to Turk's Head Knots'.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Luggage upgrades...


Almost ten years ago, I'd added a paracord handle wrap to a piece of Ma's luggage, using neon colored cord and knot work to help make it stand out from all the other similar looking bags at the airport/cruise ship/hotel lobby and reduce the chance of someone mistakenly walking off with the wrong bag.

I finally got around to removing the dozen metal zipper pulls (almost 2 ounces worth in weight) and replacing them with some 1.4mm cord (doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/king cobra stitch) versions.  Seven done in orange on the outside, that were tied directly to the zippers, and five more in black with loops long enough to ring/cow hitch to the inside zipper attachments.

I also tied a long 4 bight Turk's head knot (21 lead 4 bight, doubled) with neon orange paracord to the side handle (using around 15 or so feet), which previously had a bright yellow duct tape handle wrap on it.

The neon yellow 3 bight Turk's head knot is still on the top handle, and aside from a little bit of surface dirt from handling, it still looks good enough to leave alone.

I thought the orange zipper pulls looked a bit pale after tying, so I went back over them with an orange Sharpie marker, but now they look too dark to me, almost red in color.  Ma said they looked fine to her, so I'll just leave 'em be, unless I get bored and my hands stop bothering me/cramping up long enough to try something else...




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