Friday, February 20, 2015

An EDC pocket knife paracord lanyard/fob...

Haven't been tying much lately with my hands bothering me, but I managed making a lanyard/fob this morning for my favorite Spyderco EDC pocket knife(Salt I).

I had a scrap length of gutted olive drab paracord to work with, tying a gaucho knot first around a Nitecore T0 flashlight.  But, it seemed a little too bulky to me for such a small light, so I slid the knot off the light and inserted a wooden lanyard bead into the knot, then tightened it up around the bead.

A separate length of black paracord was pulled through the knife's lanyard hole, then both ends pushed/pulled through the bead(small hemostats help), and finished with a two-strand stopper knot.

I left enough room in the loop between the bead and the knife for my little finger to fit when holding the knife(so as not to drop it), but you can make your own longer for a wrist lanyard or shorter to suit your needs.  A knot could be tied above the bead as well as below, to secure it in place along the loop length, otherwise it can slide up/down the loop core, which can be handy with a wrist lanyard.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A Knotters Tool

Towards the end of last month I received a Knotters Tool from Russell at the Jig Pro Shop.  I've since had a chance to use it and add a little knot work to it.  Example pic shows the tool being used to tighten a monkey's fist knot.

The knurled and anodized aluminum tool is a marlinspike/fid/kubaton with a removable pocket clip, and has a hollow interior, which can be accessed by unscrewing the top cap that has a lanyard hole, or the opposite pointed end.  The one I received came with three different sized threaded stainless steel lacing/stitching needles stored inside.

I tied a few gaucho knots around a couple of the grooves with orange and navy blue 1.4mm cord, and had a short leftover strand of gutted paracord to add to the lanyard hole along with a Schmuckatelli Co. Mini Cyber Skull bead in between a few two-strand wall knots.

The Knotters Tool is larger than some of the other marlinspikes/fids and improvised tools that I have, as shown in one of the photos in this blog post, but it worked just fine with paracord as I tried it with both tightening and loosening some knots.

For those curious about the other tools shown, there are a couple from Rhino Ropework, one from BayouBug's Knots & Tools, along with a titanium dabbing tool, leather awl/fid, and a clay stylus.

Titan Paracord also sent me a package that arrived at the same time, with a nice t-shirt and a 100 foot hank of their paracord to try out.  I have an upcoming project in mind from the 'to do' list for this cord, so stay tuned... ;)

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Sailor's Cross Knot tie tack/lapel/hat pin...

I can scratch this one off the 'to do' list, adding a blank tie tack/lapel/hat pin to a Sailor's Cross Knot, giving it another way to be worn/carried besides as a lanyard/fob/keychain pendant.

The orange one was tied and tightened with 1.4mm cord, then super glued to one pin, since that's the adhesive I had handy.  The blue cross was loosely tied, just enough so I could insert a blank pin inside the knot, and then tightened up around the pin.

I gave Ma first choice of the two I tied and she picked the blue one, so Pa got the orange.  I don't know how well the super glued one will stay attached to the smooth flat surface of the pin or if another adhesive might work better, but I reckon Pa will let me know if it up and disappears on him, lol.

The blue one may have issues with securing it through thicker garments/material, since you lose some of the pin length with the cord tied around the backside, so there is a possible tradeoff on that.

The Frayed Knot Arts website has a nice example of a mini star knot tied around a longer style button hole lapel pin.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Leather Spanish Ring Knots

Using the same 3/32" leather lace as with the previous ringbolt hitching project, I tied Spanish/woven ring knots, first around improvised mandrels similar in size to the pendant and coin, then tightened them around the Shields of Strength Battle Shield pendant and a Armor of God coin.

Although the knots are tightened and shaped around the edges of the coin and pendant, they can still be worked off with force, so maybe a glue or some coating could be added to harden the leather and make it more permanent...

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Leather lace and ringbolt hitching...

A current project I've been working on is doing some ringbolt hitching with leather lace around a steel ring.

I've watched this YouTube video for the tying process. I haven't finished it yet, having a bit of trouble with the leather breaking on me a few times, because I'd accidentally punctured/tore it with a small sharp leather awl/fid (a gift from my friend, Manny) that I'm using along with a small Perma-Lok lacing needle.

Finishing up with joining the end to the start has been giving me fits with another break in the cord, interfering with a completed seamless look. I may start over and try another with some 'Type I' paracord or other small diameter line which shouldn't have the breakage issues.

This hitching is more elaborate than some others I've done in the past, like alternate & continuous ring hitching, or a simpler ringbolt hitching version.

Bruce Grant's 'Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding' has a few different examples of hitching around rings and belt buckles.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Knotty stocking stuffers...

I bought a few tire pressure dial gauges to give as Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers this year, and have added some knot work to them.  A  couple of examples shown were done with 3/32" orange tether cord tied into a gaucho knot on the larger gauge, and a three pass gaucho tied with red 1.4mm cord on the smaller one.

I've done some Turk's head knots on the pen type gauges in the past, and their longer lengths allow for other knotty variations and more room for paracord.  Tires are expensive, and keeping them properly inflated helps with maintaining proper traction, better fuel economy, and getting good mileage out of them.

I try to remember to check the tire pressure on my truck a couple of times a month, or at least monthly, besides the habit of doing an almost OCD visual walk-around inspection every time I get ready to drive somewhere.  I have one of those combo jumpstarter/light/power inverter/air compressors that I keep in my truck, and although slower than the self service air compressors you may find at your local gas station, at least you don't have to feel like you're in a NASCAR pit crew and race around a vehicle to fill up all your tires before the timer runs out and you have to feed the machine more quarters, lol.

And a gaucho knot, doubled, one pass with purple and another in yellow, using 1.4mm cord, for an LSU fan in the family.

I did some Sailmaker's Whipping, also called Palm and Needle Whipping, on the end of some 3/8" twisted nylon rope to prevent the end from fraying, using some black 0.9mm cord.  Although the end was already melted, the whipping insures it doesn't start untwisting/coming apart, and this version of whipping is more secure than common, West Country, or snake whipping.  There are brief descriptions of whipping in Creative Ropecraft by Stuart Grainger and The Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garrett Smith.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mid-November Tyings...

A couple more projects tied this month with pewter and black oxide Vinnie Garoon Cowboy Beads that I received from Schmuckatelli Co., include a paracord bracelet with one of the beads added in, and some ladder-like stitching, and a pocket knife fob with a lanyard/diamond/boatswain's whistle knot and a small gaucho knot tied with 0.9mm cord around the cord ends.

The bracelet was tied first, with the pewter bead added to the black paracord core strands, then looped onto one 1/2" side release buckle end, then the other and adjusted for size, and tied in the Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet pattern.

Then I used a strand of 1.18mm olive drab micro cord, started up from the underside to anchor one end, laying the strand down across the top of the bracelet up to the bead, then under the core strands up and laid back across the top again towards the end where I started.

Once there, the cord was stitched under the core strands then back up and across and down again, for a step of the ladder-like pattern, under again to the next knot of the bracelet, going up and over and down over the strand running down the length of the bracelet, under the cord and the same with the other side, and repeated that pattern along the bracelet knots until I reached the bead.  I did a few half hitches side to side underneath the bead to continue the pattern on the other half of the bracelet.

If I had run the micro cord though the bead with the paracord strands before tying the paracord bracelet, I could have avoided working it under the bead, but this was just a random project, so it could probably be done at least a couple of different ways to end up with the same finished look.

I added a black oxide cowboy skull bead to the lanyard knot fob which is still a favorite and I enjoy tying them.  Adding the gaucho knot with 0.9mm cord over the end strands gives the fob a bit of a different look, but West Country or common whipping don't look half bad either...

Lanyard knot video:
Gaucho knot video:
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