Thursday, August 06, 2009

An alternative type cord to use for knot work...

On the Knot Heads World Wide site, member ShamrOck has been using Jimalax Crosslace cord for some knotting projects for a while now, with great results. So I thought I'd give it a try. The cord is made for use as net material for the stick, in the sport of lacrosse.

I ordered a 100yd spool in black, from ComLax. So far I've just made a few things with it, and I really like the cord. It's about 2.5mm in diameter with a tightly braided outer sheath over 5 inner strands, with a stiff feel to it, like some bootlaces I've had in the past. It's available in a variety of colors. Another site that also sells the cord is Jimalax.com.

It's not 550 paracord, but I think it's still a good alternative for knot work.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for this lace for quite some time. I never knew exactly what it was. Thank you for the link.

~dolly~ said...

hi.. thank u for the link..
just dropping by

War-Pig said...

Judging from your picture, this looks to be stiffer than 550.

Stormdrane said...

The crosslace does have a stiff/solid feel to it compared to 550 paracord, but I think that's a good thing for this type cord.

Although it doesn't have all the 'utility' of paracord, it looks/feels strong, and according to 'ShamrOck's' posts on KHWW regarding the cord, it wears well over time too.

lin yuliana said...

i like your blog... is't veri nice!

Command Line Guy said...

Given the price difference it could be worth it will have to orders some.

AKA Griff3n

Collin said...

Love the pic. Have you got a core inside the monkey's fist?

Stormdrane said...

I used marbles for the monkey's fist cores.

paramedic228 said...

I work Lacrosse games in the spring and saw some cord earlier this year. I bought some sidewall cord from Stick Doctor (http://www.stickdoctor.net/lacrosse-spools-laces.html) for $12/100 foot roll. It is pretty stiff also, but makes for some nice work. It melts great for ending up. It is rough on the fingers though, after working with it for a while. Let me know how and where, and I'll send you a picture. Dave

Stormdrane said...

If you upload them to photobucket or other free pic hosting site, you can put the links here in the comments so others can see 'em too. :)

paramedic228 said...

OK...let's try this link:
http://s167.photobucket.com/albums/u145/paramedic228/Lanyard%20Stuff/?action=view&current=sidewallcord.jpg&newest=1

Hope this works for all. Dave

Stormdrane said...

It works, thanks for sharing. :)

paramedic228 said...

I just noticed my mistake and wanted to clarify that the spools from Stick Doctor are 100 yards, not feet. Lots of neat colors here: http://www.stickdoctor.net/lacrosse-spools-laces/lacrosse-colored-spools.html
Dave

storybeader said...

great looking cord. And I bet it's strong! {:-Deb

tesla2k2 said...

nice work :) can you tell me what you used for the monkey fist cores? i want to make some with 3mm or 4mm sailing rope and 4 or 5 turns and i am not sure which diameter the core should have

Stormdrane said...

I used marbles for the core, they're about 1/2" diameter in size. You can find inexpensive ones at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They're typically used for decoration in vases/plant holders.

For larger cord and number of turns like you're thinking of using, you might try using golf balls for the core, wooden balls, or cork foosballs...

J said...

i love the black quick release at the end of the long piece you did. Where can I get them? and what are they called?

Stormdrane said...

I used a black swivel snap hook from Creative Designworks.

misko said...

Stormdrane - love your blog and your YouTube videos. I'm just starting to learn knots and I'm getting pretty good about tying monkey fist however, the problem I have is with how to finish or loop the ends of MF? In case I want to use it as knife or tool lanyard? Do you have some suggestions? In this image, what loop/knot did you use? Hangman or something similar? How do you do it? Thank you sincerely for any info you can share with me.

Stormdrane said...

misko,

I used a hangman's knot with one of the cord ends from the fist. Some also call it a coil knot. I also show how to tie one towards the end of the monkey's fist video I made.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorials. I find them inspiring. I have a quick question for you concerning the Monkey Fists. Is it ok to add or take away the number of loops depending on the size of the ball used? The reason i ask is, I have tied a couple and on one of them I can still see the ball bearing through the fist. Thanks again.

Stormdrane said...

The number of loops/wraps/turns needed for a monkey's fist will vary depending on the diameter/size of the cord being used as well as the size of the core object.

I first try to wrap the cord around an object enough times to gauge/guess the number of loops/wraps/turns I'll need to cover the fist before starting.

Sometimes there's too many or too few turns, so having to start over comes with the territory. I still have to occasionally start over, but not nearly as much as I used to. ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quick response to my question concerning Monkey fists.
Do you have any tutorials on how to do the globes? I think they look alot like the Monkey fists but with multi directional wraps.

Again your tuts are very inspiring. I have watched a few different videos before i stumbled upon your work.
The music you choose for your vids is great.
Also one more quick question. What do you think about leaving the first Monkey Fist cord end long and using it, and the final cord end, to make a Cobra knot lanyard for a keychain?
Thanks,
Tommy

Stormdrane said...

I've not tied any globe knots(turks head variations, but if you're interested in them, you need to check this out.

Here's one blog post with a monkey's fist tied the cobra stitch.

Kevin said...

Stormdrane, Kevin here again. I've been working on some Monkey Fists and found on my first couple tries that to use a golf ball as a core takes about 8 wraps w/ para cord. I didn't get the approx length of cord I used unfortunately, just used a long piece I had. I'm still learning these and more knots. Hope to have some pics up sometime.

Kev

Signvine said...

Hey Stormdrane, thanks for all your tips and insights.
Just ordered some crosslace cord..........can't wait to get it.
I do need your advice on one thing......."where can I find some round metal gunmetal beads to fit 550 paracord"?
Appreciate any help or advice

Stormdrane said...

@Signvine, You can look for beads at craft stores, like Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Beads can be found online, but unless they give a measurement on how wide the hole is, it's hard to find ones that will fit paracord. Usually need 4mm width or more for a gutted loop of paracord to fit through a hole in a bead

Some folks use nuts, washers, spacers, etc for beads... from hardware stores, like Home Depot and Lowes.