Tuesday, April 10, 2018

An 8 lead 5 bight Turk's head knot..

Another knot from Tom Hall's book, "Introduction to Turk's Head Knots", an 8 part 5 bight casa knot, that I tied with gutted paracord, first around a Sharpie marker for a mandrel, then moved on to an oval shaped wood bead and dressed/tightened up.

I added the knot covered bead to a leather bootlace wrist lanyard and one of my rigging/marlinspike knives.

Knives listed clockwise from lower left:

My blog was started 13 years ago this month, and I appreciate those that take the time to visit and give it a read and browse the photos, and I'll continue to try and answer comments/questions when I can.

And I'm also glad that some folks have found an interest in knot work and edc (everyday carry) through my blog on stuff like knives, flashlights, and keychains paired with some decorative and useful wrangling of paracord, leather, and other cordage and begin to explore it further as a hobby/craft.

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

CRKT Tomahawk Leather and Paracord Handle Wrap...

One of my sisters sent me this CRKT Woods Nobo T-Hawk Tomahawk and a couple of 3/4" wide leather straps, from my Amazon wish list, and I received them in the week before Christmas.  I've tied/untied multiple variations of handle wraps in the last three months, and I've still not made any of them permanent on the tomahawk.

The 3/4" wide leather straps are only six feet long each (72") and neither of the pair I have are long enough alone to wrap the handle, unless I just space out a basic crossed pattern, and then I'd need some carpet tacks, or decorative upholstery tacks to secure the leather in place, and I could still use those with the current shown wrap.

As seen, the wrap is coiled up from the base of the handle for the grip, then I tied a long two-bight Turk's head knot (19 lead 2 bight) the rest of the way, with one strap running out with the TH knot partially done, I overlapped the second strap and continued on with the knot.

At the base of the handle is a pineapple knot and there's a Spanish ring knot around the short exposed part of the handle above the tomahawk head, both of those done with gutted paracord.

A nice handle wrap helps to differentiate your tactical camping survival zombie apocalypse hair parting device from the next guy's. ;)

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Sunday, April 01, 2018

A Herringbone Knot Lanyard Bead

This project shows an EDC camp/scout knife with paracord lanyard, and wood bead covered with  a leather lace 10 lead 8 bight 2 pass herringbone knot (Turk's head knot variation), shown in Tom Hall's book, 'Introduction to Turk's-Head Knots'.

Items in the second photo:
  1. Paracord Spool Tool
  2. 3/32" Goatskin Lace 
  3. Perma Lok Lacing Needle
  4. 12mm Wood Beads
  5. Clay Stylus improvised marlinspike
  6. Sharpie Marker as a mandrel
  7. Paracord
  8. 'Introduction to Turk's-Head Knots'
If you don't feel the tucked ends of the leather are secure enough when you've finished tightening the knot and trimmed/tucked them, a bit of strategically applied krazy/super glue can help.

And I personally prefer a Z-Plus torch butane fuel lighter insert in a Zippo body to the basic Bic lighter for melting paracord/synthetic cord ends to prevent fraying.

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Happy Easter/April Fool's Day, if you celebrate the occasions, otherwise I just hope you have a, "Happy Sunday!". :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter Nail Pendant

Easter is just around the corner and my pa gave me a small nail/spike version he got at church this past Sunday.  I reckon it was for carrying in a pocket with no attachment point or hole drilled in it, so I tied a herringbone interweave (Turk's head knot variation) around the one he gave me so it might be worn as a necklace or hung from the truck's rearview mirror. 

I used a strand of 1.4mm cord for the knot work, tying a two-strand wall knot with the start/end strands on the back side of the nail, after the interweave was tightened up, before measuring how long I wanted the loop and finishing up with the adjustable fisherman's bend.

I didn't have a small safety break-away clasp or other jewelry attachment findings handy, so I just tied the common bend as a closure, so think 'choking hazard' if tied with strong cord instead of a thin cotton or hemp string that would break easily under stress.