Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bat Light with paracord handle finger grip wrap...

I first saw the Nebo iProtec Bat Light online last summer. It looked like a nifty multipurpose LED flashlight to add to the wish list, and I finally bought one a few weeks ago.  It reminds me of the tire thumpers I had when I was a truck driver, only this has a flashlight built in and is a whole lot brighter than the keychain flashlights I usually carried.  I like it so far, it just needed some paracord added to the handle/grip area.

With a 20 foot length of licorice paracord(a red & black color combination), I started tying at the clicky/button switch end of the light with a Spanish/woven ring knot, tied and tightened, then a few coiled wraps before tying each of the other Spanish/woven ring knots, repeating that pattern, creating a finger grip effect over the knurled grip section of the light.

I've used similar handle/grip wraps before, good on walking/hiking staffs, flashlights, knife and tool handles, etc.

I kept tying beyond the knurling, up over the smooth center section of the light, so I added some silicone tape, for grip, around that part before continuing, so that the knot work wouldn't twist loose.  The knurling offers plenty of friction with the paracord around the rest of the grip to stay in place.

I ended up using about 16 feet paracord when finished, out of the 20 foot starting length, so I could have continued with a bit more knot work, but I was satisfied with the grip as I had it.

There is a tiny hole in the base of the light for a wrist lanyard, too small for paracord, but a split ring or 1.4mm cord can fit through it in case I want to add a lanyard.

The textured rubber sleeve that fits over the top of the light could be removed if one wanted to add even more knot work along the length of the light.

I've used the light frequently when going out before sunrise to pick up the daily newspaper.  With rabid animals reported in the area over the last couple of months, I like having something in hand that I might could clobber one with if attacked, lol...

And another photo of the Bat light next to my 3D-cell Maglite for size comparison.  My Maglite is shown with a paracord grip that I tied for it in July 2006. 

Here are a couple more links for the doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/king cobra grip tied as adjustable with a cord lock, and for a Mini Maglite/koppo stick grip version.  I also suggested these type of grips would work for Jeep grab handles when a blog reader had asked me for ideas.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Encompassed in Brass

I received a couple of cool new items from County Comm last month.  The Brass Match/Compass Capsule and the Companion Compass.

I've tied/untied several ideas with both pieces, using paracord, gutted and un-gutted, tether cord, 1.4mm cord, and 0.9mm string, even zigzag spooling some.  They look nice just as they came, so I almost left them naked, just with a dummy cord attached, lol...

For the capsule, I went with 0.9mm cord to tie a Gaucho knot variation from a 3 lead 5 bight Turk's head, expanded to a 5 lead 9 bight, then worked in the Gaucho pattern.  Next was Moku hitching, then another Gaucho to finish.

I stared with a 10 foot long strand of the 0.9mm cord, tying and tightening the first knot, then added in another 10 foot strand to do the Moku hitching with both strands, and finished with the other Gaucho knot with the remainder of the second strand.

I got lucky with the cord I'd need guesstimate, and ended up just 18 inches left of both strands, so no waste as those scrap ends will eventually get put to use.  I used black tether cord with scaffold knots at each end for a two foot long dummy retention cord to attach to a belt, bag, gear, etc..

For the Companion Compass, I was thinking of adding it to a zipper pull, or a tether cord necklace, but instead attached it to a Grimloc, to clip to MOLLE webbing, or use with an EDC keychain, etc...

I ran some 1.4mm cord through the compass's brass attachment point, through a pewter Schmuckatelli Co. Joe skull, around the Grimloc, then tied a two-strand wall knot, ran the cords back down through the skull bead and tied several more wall knots in a sinnet that looks a bit like a spinal column, then trimmed and melted the ends to finish.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Spanish/woven ring knot around a pendant...

I tied this Spanish/woven ring knot around one of my Shields of Strength pendants with ungutted paracord I'd tried smaller diameter cord first, 1.4mm and 0.9mm tries, but the pendant didn't want to stay centered with the narrow knot work, so I went with paracord for this project.

I used a 1/2"/12mm split ring to fit around both the pendant and the knot work, and still have room for the ball chain covered with gutted paracord.

I had tied a 3 lead Turk's head knot first, around a cap from a butane lighter refill can, since it was about the same diameter as the pendant, then moved that knot to the pendant, adding the split ring, then worked in the Spanish/woven ring knot pattern, staying inside the split ring, tightened it up, trimmed and melted the ends to finish.

I also tried the Round Brocade Knot(Coin Wrap),  following JD's(TIAT) instructions from his most recent book, Paracord Project Inspirations, but the curved/convex/concave shape of the pendant, being different from a flat coin, was testing my patience, lol.

The wrap is snug around the pendant and stays in place, but it could still be forced out/removed, so a coat of super/krazy glue could be added to the knot to make it more permanent if desired.

And an example shown of 0.9mm cord, tied into a Gaucho knot variation, used on the Shields of Strength Battle Shield pendant that I keep on my EDC keyring.  If you tie a knot that's wide enough to fit/form around the outer rim of the shield and tighten it up in place,  smaller diameter cord can work, it just takes a bit more patience.

I started with a 3 lead 8 bight Turk's head knot, raised/expanded that into a 5 lead 14 bight knot, then worked in the Gaucho pattern.

As with the paracord wrap, I used the butane refill canister cap as a mandrel first, then slid the knot off the cap and around the pendant where I gradually tightened it up over several passes as I used a finger/thumb on one hand to shape the knot around the edge of the pendant, and a clay stylus/improvised marlinspike with the other hand to work out the slack.  I added a coat of brush on super/krazy glue to finish.  I used around 4 feet of the 0.9mm cord in the finished knot.

And the pendant shown with a small neck knife on a ball chain with kydex sheath.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ICONic knot work...

I remember first seeing the ICON brand flashlights online over five years ago and added them to my mental wish list at the time, wanting to wait until the prices came down a bit.

The ROGUE models, that run with 1AA and 2AA batteries, have an interesting body shape with cutout sections that beg for some knot work or even just a simple coiled wrapping with paracord, as others were quick to do when they were new on the market.  A CandlePowerForums member put a leather wrap on one.

Since they aren't fitted with particularly bright LEDs, the stock that's still out there can be found fairly cheap if you shop around.  I bought a few to victimize with a bit of cord work, and can later use them for gifts to friends and family that aren't flashaholics, and will still appreciate having an LED flashlight on hand that's still better than the old incandescents.

The battery section of the ROGUE light is actually a triangular shape with 3 cutouts around the circumference  For a ROGUE I model, I did some vertical hitching with a blue paracord, using just over five feet of cord with the inner strands intact.  On another I coiled some red reflective paracord(ungutted) around the body, which only took about four feet of cord, and on a third light I tied a long 2 bight Turk's head knot around the outer section of the cutouts, using 1.4mm cord.

For the longer bodied ICON ROGUE II, I tied 3 lead 5 bight Turk's head knots in gutted neon green and black paracord, along side a Gaucho knot around each of the two cutouts along the length.  

On the ICON SOLO pen light, I added a 3 lead TH knot, expanded that and worked in a Gaucho pattern, using 0.9mm orange cord.

Sunday, June 01, 2014


It's June, 2014, and summer will soon be upon us, but the temperatures lately make it seem like it's already here.

If you have air conditioning, enjoy it while you do some knot work.  Here's a selfie pic I took in a moment of boredom, lol...

Some recent projects:

A two-peg spool knit paracord lanyard with Sailors Cross Knot, all one continuous 17+ foot long length of paracord.

A single pass gutted paracord Sailors Cross Knot with dog tags.

Removed a worn and dirty paracord T-handle Turk's head knot off one of my dad's walking canes and adding a pair of gaucho fan knots on each side of a long 4 bight knot.

Some ITW Nexus cordlocs with leather knot work.  Toaster and GTSP models shown.

Tied these after learning the basic patterns shown in Chad Poole's book, 'Crafting with Paracord'.

And received some new nickel plated brass lacing needles, from Facebook friend Bart, to play around with.  They all worked nicely with tying some Sailors Cross Knots to give away to friends and family that have brought food by the house to help out my mom when she's not feeling well after chemotherapy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Schmuckatelli Co. GIVEAWAY!

The giveaway is now closed for entries and the randomly drawn winners will be contacted for shipping info.  You can still 'Like' the Schmuckatelli Co. Facebook page to keep up with future giveaways, new products, and other info.  Thanks to all for your participation and support.

The good folks at Schmuckatelli Co. have sponsored a giveaway for this month to help promote their Facebook presence(where you can enter once the giveaway starts).  There are some very cool prize packages for 1st and 2nd place winners, and three 3rd place winners will also be drawn from the pool of entrants.  The giveaway will run from May 15 through May 30.

Prizes for the giveaway listed below, check the individual links for more information and specifications on the items:

2nd Place Prize Package

3rd Place Prize Package X3(Three winners)
Over $77 Value for each of those three 3rd Place Prize Packages

To enter you'll need to click the 'Like' button on the Schmuckatelli Co. Facebook page and use the 'Share' option on the giveaway promotion post that will be put up on their page, so that it shows up on your Facebook page.  If you don't already have a Facebook page, you can register here, then enter the giveaway.

Make sure your Facebook privacy settings for liking the page and sharing the post are 'Public', so that your entry by 'Like' and 'Share' will be able to be seen and verified by Schmuckatelli Co. and you have a chance to win.  If you have Facebook settings for sharing the post set to 'Private', your name won't be visible to the folks on the Schmuckatelli page, so make sure it's set to 'Public'.

There are some rules for this giveaway along with the 'Like' and 'Share' requirements since pocket knives are part of the prize packages. Only one entry per person, entrants must be at least 18 years of age and be a US resident, and if you win the 1st or 2nd prize packages, be able to legally own/possess the knives where you live.

At the end of the giveaway entry period, Schmuckatelli Co. will draw names from the pool of entrants and the winners will be posted on the Schmuckatelli Co. Facebook page, and they will have one week to reply/respond, or alternate winners will be chosen.  After contact with the winners has been established, their prize package will be mailed out to them.  Good luck to all and happy knotting!

I started using the Schmuckatelli pewter 'Classic' skull beads with some paracord projects back in 2005 and have been a fan ever since.  I've used them with knot work in a lot of my blog and online forums posts, and would often add them by customer request when I used to actively tie and sell some knot work.

Schmuckatelli Co. has continued to grow, providing many more new and exceptional designs, materials, and available finishes, to up the cool factor and let folks add a bit of bling to their own creative knotting projects.  I've enjoyed reading the neat back stories they have for the different beads, and keep looking forward to see what they come out with next.  If you're not familiar with Schmuckatelli Co., give their website and Facebook pages a visit and check 'em out.

And international folks need not get bent out of shape on the 'US resident' rule for this giveaway, as Schmuckatelli Co. plans to do an 'international only' giveaway for their fans later this summer. ;)

Here's a link for some blog posts I've done with Schmuckatelli beads, for some knotty projects you might want to try if you haven't done so before.  Get some cord and dress up your knot work, lanyards, fobs, wrist/shoulder/guitar straps, walking sticks, canes, hiking staffs, tomahawks, hatchets, EDC pocket knives, fixed blades, machetes, sheaths, bracelets, multitools, flashlights, bags, pouches, backpacks, luggage, zippers, gadgets, gear, gizmos, key chains/keyrings, and whatnot, etc., so forth and so on. :)

Congrats to the giveaway winners:

1st prize:
Dan G. of Johnson City, TN

2nd prize:
Darren E. of Ashburn, VA

3rd prize winners:
Travis B. of Taylor Mill, KY
Brian R. of Nashville, GA
Hugo Martinez of Corpus Christi, TX

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Take this job and shovel it...

When I was driving a truck, my dad gave me a severe weather road kit to keep in in my tractor trailer, and it came with a little yellow painted folding shovel.  It's just been tucked away in the garage the last ten years and I haven't had occasion to put it to use.

I dug it out of a storage tote and figured on adding some knot work to it.  I used some blue and yellow paracord to tie a pineapple knot around the center section of the shovel's handle, and it's tied where it doesn't interfere with the twist lock or folding of the tool.  I tied a long 4 bight Turk's head knot first, using the blue paracord, then added in the pineapple knot interweave with the yellow, tightened it up and trimmed/tucked the end strands.  Although there's room for a knot on the handle end, I didn't add one because my fingers barely fit in the grip end as it is.  For someone with smaller hands, it wouldn't be an issue.

I had a similar Army surplus version years ago when in the Boy Scouts, that did get used for chores around camp, digging a fire pit, latrine, and for quietly dispatching any zombies we might come across during snipe hunts. Okay, no zombies, but the little shovels can come in handy, and are compact and lightweight for storing in a vehicle compared to a full size shovel or spade.  For someone hiking or backpacking a smaller trowel would be more efficient, but it would probably take forever to help a friend bury a body with one... :P

There are many different compact shovels/spades available, but do your homework and research if shopping for one, as some are okay, and others end up being utter junk that might as well be used as a boat anchor.

There's a YouTube video that came out a few years ago for a Chinese military shovelIt's entertaining, and there's probably a few uses demonstrated that most folks have probably never thought a shovel could be used for.

A Facebook friend, Bart of ExtremePara, sent me a few paracord lacing needles to try out, and I gave each of them a turn when tying the pineapple knot, all worked well and the threaded ends held the cord tight.

Three of them had the round pointed ends, no snagging of the cord, working much like the smaller sized Perma-Lok lacing needles I use most often with paracord and smaller diameter stuff, but I actually like the one with the flat screwdriver tip shaped end as the best of the lot.

And a neon green paracord Gaucho knot shown tied on my Fiskars Trowel, which is kept stored in a bug-out-bag next to the emergency toilet paper.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Knot work around the house, something for inside...

The previous blog post was for some decorative knot work outside the home, this time I added some inside the house with a simple three lead Turk's head knot around the top of a stair banister.

I used about 5 feet of 2mm cord/mini blind string for the tripled eight bight knot, tied and tightened in a groove at the top.

Whether you just want a single small accent knot, or to go nuts and cover lots of surfaces, if you look around inside your home, you'll see lots of potential for knotty projects, like the stair banister, handrails, spindles, or added to lamps, bed posts, drawer pulls, structural support poles or columns, plant stands, chair legs/arms, etc., and using glow-in-the-dark paracord makes for another cordage option...

And another with a three pass Spanish ring knot.  Bud Brewer's photo tutorial can be downloaded from the Knot Heads World Wide website.