Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chinese lanyard knot...

This is a Chinese lanyard knot, ABoK knot #807, tied with paracord. The knot is also known as the plafond knot.

I followed the directions for tying in my copy of Geoffrey Budworth's 'The Complete Book of Decorative Knots'. You can also find a YouTube video tutorial for the knot from TIAT.

The knot has a flat square shape and the pattern looks the same on the front and back.

The knife shown is a Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman.

...And a paracord bracelet version with integrated Chinese lanyard knots.

I just looped onto one buckle end, tied 3 spaced out Chinese lanyard knots, looped around other buckle end at wrist size, then tied the cobra stitches/Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet back towards starting end. Run the cords through the underside of each of the Chinese lanyard knots as you go.

22 comments:

Andy said...

Great looking lanyard knot Stormdrane. What does the back of the knot look like? Thanks.

Stormdrane said...

The knot has a flat shape and the pattern looks the same on the front and back.

ethan said...

Hey Stormdrane, I really need to know how to make a 6 bt 5 turks head over a 3/4" steel ball bearing could you make a video ASAP it would really help me out.

Regards, Ethan

Stormdrane said...

I don't know when I'll get around to making another video, but a previous blog post on the 6 lead 5 bight turks head knot, has a link to a google book preview from 'Creative Ropecraft', that shows that particular knot diagram.

ethan said...

Yea I've been to that but I can't seem to get it.That is why I came to you for a video.

Regards, Ethan

jeatonx1 said...

Is that the same a spectacle knot?

Stormdrane said...

I believe the Chinese lanyard knot is called the 'spectacle knot' in Korean knotting. It's also known as the 'Caisson Ceiling knot', 'plafond' is ceiling in French.

ethan said...

Is there a place that is easier.

Regards, Ethan

ethan said...

Well if you had a webcam that would work also.

Stormdrane said...

There are a few turks head 'tutorials' on golden-knots.com(knot jewelry).

You can also ask on the KHWW.net forums.

ethan said...

I did exactly what it said but it wouldn't fit over the ball bearing.

Stormdrane said...

Tie the turks head over a cylinder shaped object, that is slightly larger than the ball bearing, first. when you have the knot and two or three passes made, slide the knot off the cylinder. Then insert the ball bearing and gradually tighten the turks head over the bearing.

You may have to work the slack through the knot several times to make sure to keep everything straight, and to maintain the shape and uniformity of the knot, time consuming but necessary.

If you can still see the bearing after tightening, you may need to add another pass to the turks head knot, as would similarly be done with a monkey's fist.

BastduLuna said...

Hey there! I couldn't find a proper contact for you, so I thought I'd ask on a recent post :3
My boyfriend and I have become very interested in your blog, it's inspired us to make a zillon different lanyards for our flashlights/knives/compasses etc. So I thought Id make something of my own. He gave me this skull ( http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/neko-vamp/skull.jpg ) as a gift when we first met. I've had it hung on some hemp string, as you can see it sags terribly and looks like a tumor :\ I'd like to fix that. I was hoping you could point me in the right direction of what kind of knot would be best to clump up the bottom to make it stand upright, if it needs that at all. It only has those two holes in the cheek bones about half the width of paracord, so finding a solution's been hard, thought I'd go to an expert instead of staring at another trillion how-two websites, hehe. Thanks in advance! Keep up the awsme work!

Stormdrane said...

Maybe a couple of knots on either side of the skull, tie one and run the cord through the skull to tie the other, then work it as tightly as you can next to the skull. The friction with the skull between the knots might help keep it's orientation facing out...

A simple small overhand knot would work, or multiple overhand making it a little more decorative. A small bit of Elmer's glue might help, easily removable if it doesn't work. Hope that helps.

ethan said...

I did but the "ladders" on the side crossed over it and put it out of shape.:/

Guy said...

Beautiful work Stormdrane! I think the combo of Plafond and Cobra might be even nicer on a watchband with the Plafonds flanking the watch body. I'm going to try it (once I find my spare watch.

ParacordMan said...

Very nice as always.... Thanks for all the helpful instructions.

Vergis said...

The Chinese lanyard knot seems to be beautiful,but difficult to make.Well,do U have any idea about the different hemp knots being used?

Stormdrane said...

The common knots used with hemp rope/cord for jewelry are the same ones used with macrame, found in various hobby/sailing/boating/outdoor/reference type knot books, and online resources, although the knots often go by different/multiple names depending on the source.

odormody11 said...

how would I tie this on the end of a rattlesnake fob? would I do the fob first, then the chinese lanyard knot? or vice versa

Thanks

Stormdrane said...

You'd tie the fob first, then you'd have your standing end and working end coming from the finished rattlesnake fob, to tie the Chinese lanyard knot. Both strands just need to be long enough. The fob will be thought of as the starting loop end of the Chinese lanyard knot when you start tying it.

odormody11 said...

I did it today and it looks great. It was really tough to get it tightened properly though, but I got it in the end. finished the ends with chinese cloverleaf knots and threw a keychain on it. Thanks for the help!