Saturday, March 17, 2007

Snake knot lanyard

The main body of this lanyard is done in the snake knot. I started a little over 6 feet of paracord and made a 2 inch loop at the center of the length of cord, made a lanyard knot(also called a boatswain's whistle knot), then did a series of snake knots, fed the two cords thru a swivel clip and made another lanyard knot around the clip, trimmed and melted the ends. The finished length of this one is about 9 inches and I used about 6 feet of paracord in it.

This was a first attempt at this knot, which I believe is a variation of a two-strand wall knot(Ashley Book of Knots #775), so I wasn't sure how I'd use it. I think I'd make it a bit longer next time so that it would be long enough to also be used as a wrist lanyard as well as one to attach to keys, knives, flashlights, etc... and clip to a belt loop and hang down in a pocket.

Thanks to Scott for bringing the snake knot back to my attention. I'm sure I'd seen someone else use it before, but I don't remember where. I'm a member of quite a few forums and it's hard to keep track of them sometimes, but it helps in learning from the ideas shared on things to make with paracord in addition to the books I have.

8 comments:

deano said...

Dave, thanks for bringing this knot to our attention.! Cheers deano

mauser*girl said...

I've never seen this type of knot before, but I really like it. I think that type of braid would make nice projects like dog leashes and such.

bertoldi said...

Hi, How do you manage to insert the paracord into the little pewter skull (the one in the coyote brown)? I bought some on ebay, but can't fit the cord into the hole. I think I'll need to enlarge the hole a little.

Stormdrane said...

You can enlarge the holes on the side of the skull by drilling, or a round file. Sometimes I use the point of a pair of hemostats, since pewter is a soft metal, it's not hard to enlarge the side holes enough for the paracord. Or you can drill a hole thru the top of the skull bead to use it that way as I have in the past.

ZVAWear said...

How did you tie the lanyard knot with both colors interweaved?

Stormdrane said...

@ZVAWear, Since the lanyard knot is tied with 2 strands, I just used the one green and one black strand to tie it, both coming from the snake knot that was tied before it.

Muneera said...

Can you post pictures of how you made it?

Stormdrane said...

@Muneera, You can look at my instructable to see how the snake knot is tied and making a lanyard with it. ;)