I used about 7 or 8 feet of gutted paracord for this grip/handle wrap on a boot knife. I was following this 'Traditional grip wrapping on Chinese swords and sabers' tutorial, made by Peter Dekker.
*The link for the tutorial has been down a while and after emailing Peter Dekker, he said it would eventually be updated and fixed, but until then I have the 6 pages scanned and available in my Xanga account and posted below.
The boot knife that I used has a smaller handle than the sword in the tutorial, and the gutted paracord might be a bit wider than the cord that was used too, so it came out a little different.
I made the initial loops on both sides closer together, using a couple of pieces of string to hold them in place as I worked(tape was used in the tutorial, but rubber bands may also be used), and did the crossover of the cords on one side and straight across on the other, for a contrasting pattern on each side. The cord ends were tucked with hemostats to finish.
The knife is a Western Cutlery Co. Model #777, which were first made in 1985. I found a catalog link for it in pdf format.