Monday, January 21, 2008

Turk's Head Knot Grip

I used an old 2AA Maglite for this project. I started with a 12 foot length of black 2mm cord. The black dye didn't take to the cord very well, giving a stonewashed look to it, but the cord still works fine.

I made a 3 lead 4 bight Turk's Head knot, then wrapped the cord several times and made another Turk's Head. More wraps were done between each of the next couple of Turk's Head knots.

I ended up trimming about 8 inches of excess cord off the 12 feet I started with when I finished. It has a good grip feel to it, with my fingers fitting between the knots and would probably work well for a knife handle wrap, walking staff, etc...


Here's a simple one I did with 2mm cord on an old boot knife.

 

10 comments:

Hovaczech said...

You do nice work. I love stopping by your blog here just to see the latest and greatest.

Stormdrane said...

Thanks. It's an ongoing learning experience for me.

letti said...

hey, what a wonderful thing to know! I know what one of my resolutions will be this year.. to learn to make knots like these! They're handy!

specialist said...

it's great that you share all these things online. my niece who is about to go to basic training found your site a week ago and showed it to me. all these knot techniques are going to relaly help her out and it helps me out as well. i was wondering, where did you get the little skulls on your bracelets? i wanted to order a couple for my nephew (pirate project for school).

Stormdrane said...

The small pewter skull beads are from Spiritcrafts:

http://www.spiritcrafts.net/peskbe14x10.html

Anonymous said...

Ok, I thought when I learned to do a TH knot, this would be self explanatorty but it just made me more confused, how are you getting 3 lines coming out of the TH to wrap the handle? If you'd point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.


I tied my 2nd TH today, I think I like these the most out of everything so far.

Thanks for your blog, it's very inspirational.

Justin

Stormdrane said...

Justin,

There's only one continuous piece of cord being used in the grip. I made the Turk's Head and did 3 passes. There's just a single strand coming out in the direction I made the grip with, and then made another Turk's Head, again with 3 passes. Hope that helps.

Yuleboy said...

Hi, I found your site by lucky accident. I like the TH knot; any sugg. to wrap a car steering wheel? (I only knot my shoelaces...) Thank you.

Stormdrane said...

I haven't tried any Turk's Heads on a steering wheel, but I'm sure you could do it. They're commonly used on ship's and sailboat's wheels.

Yuleboy said...

Thank you, Stormdrane. I'll use your guidance, get a junked steering wheel, and start practicing. I will be repairing/covering a decomposing rubber/neoprene steering wheel that has a few worn spots. Thanks again.