Saturday, April 22, 2017

paracord and brass

Today's EDC (everyday carry) keychain setup has an olive drab three peg spool knit Type I/95 paracord lanyard with snap hook at one end, and an 80lb test heavy duty split ring at the other for attachment options.

A few brass components include a keychain pen, bamboo shaped whistle, Pico Pull capsule, and Maratac AAA LED flashlight.

I have my truck key, KeySmart organizer, squeeze LED flashlight, and cross shield pendant on a detachable clip for the keychain, so all of the stuff isn't hanging from the ignition when I'm out driving.

The lanyard itself, with snap hook and small split ring, is around 27" long, so there's plenty of reach to use components/keys without having to detach it when the snap hook end is clipped to a belt loop, or used the other way around with a belt run through the loop end and snap hook attached to the keyring.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

A Wooden Fid

I finally finished up adding some knot work to a surprise gift in a package from knot tying friend Phil/Cord Craft of the Knot Everything Forums. A nicely done wooden fid that narrows down to a flattened tip for use with a variety of different sized cordage, even the thinner stuff, for tightening/dressing and loosening knots.

I know Phil told me the type of wood and finish he used on the fid, but I cannot seem to recall them at the moment, so I'll have to see if I saved the email or message he mentioned them in and update on that later, typing this as I come down from a two day headache...

I tried tying several different knots with different types and diameters of cord before I decided to go with some suede leather lace in a gaucho knot interweave.

I dug up the suede lace from the bottom of a storage tub.  I think I purchased the lace six or seven years or more ago for another project at the time and put it away and forgot about it.

Some of the knot work I tried were Turk's heads, headhunter, pineapple, herringbone, Hansen, and gaucho variations, with each fitting differently in the fid's cut out/channels, some too wide, or too narrow, where the 1/8" suede seemed just about right.

The original package of the lace had four colors, a light green or tan I think was the one I'd used up, leaving red, brown, and black.  The black is so dark, it can be hard to see the gaucho pattern in photos, where the design is more easily seen in hand.  I also like the soft textured feel the suede gives the knot.

And a side-by-side size comparison photo of the wooden fid next to a Jig Pro Shop stainless steel Knotters Tool II.

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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.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Paracord Fusion Ties Backpack Edition


I recently received a new copy of Paracord Fusion Ties - Backpack Edition straight from the knotty genius himself, J.D. Lenzen.  The foreword for this volume was written by Jim "Coop" Cooper.

The new book is a compact compilation of selected paracord projects from three of his previous full size books, Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 1, Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 2, and Paracord Project Inspirations.

The smaller footprint of the book allows it to be easily taken along, in an edc pouch or backpack, to use a reference tool for tying any of the clearly pictured instructionals within.

One of the 'how to' selections is a 'Round Crown Sinnet (Key Fob)', which is one of the first decorative type knots I learned to tie years ago, and still find myself tying from time to time.

I made this navy blue and neon orange paracord round crown sinnet pocket knife fob, doing just a few modifications from JD's tutorial, by making a longer starting loop for attachment, inserting a 1/8" x 2" long firesteel in the center of the sinnet as I tied, and finishing with a crown and wall knot that can be untied to retrieve the firesteel should it be needed in a camping, emergency, survival, zombie apocalypse type situation.








The paracord project inside my backpack is one I'd started on several months ago for LordDraconical, the Nerf vampire.  It's been finished for a while, but I still need to deliver it.  I'll share more about it in a future blog post. ;)

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I tied a couple more round and square crown sinnet keychain fobs with navy blue and neon orange paracord while watching the Auburn football game on Saturday evening (team not looking to good so far this year, but 'War Eagle!' anyway).  These were made for my Ma & Pa, as they recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on September 16th. They're both graduates of Auburn University.

Added a couple of cross lanyard beads that I'd bought at Hobby Lobby either last year or the year before and had forgotten about them as they were mixed in with a pile of all kinds of other gadgets, gear, and gizmos in a gadget drawer.

I tied gaucho knots as whipping under the beads with white 0.9mm string, although the beads weren't likely to move/slide since it was a bit of a chore to fit(push/pull) the four ends strands (ungutted paracord) throught the bead holes on them.  I gave those keychain lanyard/fobs to Ma and Pa (both Auburn University graduates).

Someone at my folks church had given them a cross charm bracelet, tied with 1mm sized cord with the Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet with an adjustable closure and they'd given me that when they got home from church.  I took the adjustment section off and tied a paracord bracelet over/around that bracelet with the cross charm centered in the pattern and with a spare metal side release buckle I'd had leftover from older projects.  Gave the finished navy blue and orange paracord bracelet with white stitching to Ma as an early b-day present, War Eagle!

I used the 'Manny Method' to join navy blue and orange cord and tied the cobra stitch/Solomon bar pattern over that smaller corded bracelet with the cross centered, and then went back and stitched white 0.9mm cord along the side edges. I'll give this to Ma for an early birthday present for her (Sept 27).  I'd just guessed at a size, measured about 7.5 inches long with the metal buckle ends, and it luckily fit her wrist.  Also added a short paracord fob onto an old Gerber AR pocket knife I've had for a long time, with a reflective orange gaucho knot over a wooden lanyard bead.  I like the knife, but it's just one I rarely carry and keep in the gadget drawer collection.