Friday, June 18, 2010

Ginfer knot...

I used a few feet of black paracord to tie a Ginfer knot, following the tutorial on KHWW.net, although I didn't need to use pins or a grid. I then put a 1/2" diameter ball bearing in the center, before tightening the knot up, and tying it onto a pocket knife.

Another pic of a few more examples that I tied, two with 3/4" wooden balls in the center with the sides left exposed, and another with a 1/2" ball bearing and a smaller cord used for a second pass of the knot.

The directional pattern of the knot has a similar look to the Spanish ring/Woven ring knot.

22 comments:

Lynn Sponagle said...

I love your blog and especially that you leave links or references to the directions. I've been trying a couple easier ones ... very fun ... mostly.

Mr. Gus said...

Absolutely beautiful. You do great work, and have some really nice photography to show it. My Dad got me started knot tying when I was about 10 (40 yrs ago) and I'd thumb through the Ashley Book of Knots trying one after the other. Now many years later I've finally found the patience to do some of the more decorative ones. Keep up the great work. A fellow Knot-Head,

gus

christy said...

Hello! My husband is wanting a "survival bracelet". The ones they sell retail for $20 or so, but I find the idea of creating our own so much more practical. Here's why I'm writing: I want to make a survival bracelet with at least 16' of uncut paracord. Any ideas?

Stormdrane said...

To increase the amount of cord used in a paracord bracelet, you can run the core strands back and forth between the buckle ends two or three times(see pics at bottom of this post), before you start knotting over the core, and/or do another layer of knots over the bracelet, commonly known as a king cobra/doubled Solomon bar/doubled Portuguese sinnet(example of adding another layer)...

*Note that using that much more paracord to a bracelet makes it thicker/bulkier, so some folks find it can be stiff or uncomfortable to wear... YMMV

Bill said...

I found nylon ball bearings on ebay and use them instead of steel bearings beause they are light and will not rust.

Anonymous said...

What is the knot that you used to attach to the pocket knife?

Stormdrane said...

Nylon balls do work well for monkey's fist cores, and you can often use the ones from an old computer mouse.

The knot used to attach the knife is a multiple overhand sliding knot. You run the cord through the lanyard hole/attachment point, then loosely coil/wrap the cord back up around the strands a few times, then down through the center of the coils, and tighten to finish.

bismark03 said...

Where do you get your ball bearings?

Stormdrane said...

ebay seller 'toolsupply' carries a variety of ball bearings of different materials and sizes.

demuredemeanor said...

Great knots. You, and the other readers, might like this:

http://igktfrance.com/galerie_photo/thumbnails-33.html
and
http://igktfrance.com/galerie_photo/thumbnails-38.html

These are 18, and 45 face globe knots that can be done on your hand, instead of needing a chart or spool!

I use a 18 face, followed through four times, made of paracord to make a keychain around a 1 inch sphere magnet, and it works great.

I hope you give it a try.

FirePR2002 said...

Stormdrane - impressive work! Do I see 9 bights on the larger knife lanyard pic and 8 on the white corded knot with the sides exposed or are my eyes deceiving me?

Stormdrane said...

They're all the same knot, with 8 bights on the ends. ;)

Alexei Glushchenko said...

Crumpled kitchen foil shaped into a ball works fine as a filler if you don't mind its light weight.

Scot Metcalf said...

Sorry to ask again figured I try in the correct area. I have asked Brain if he had the tutorial for the ginfer knot and he said no so I was wondering if you could help me? I do not know if it starts out with a common base knot? If you cant not Stormdrane I understand. Thanks Scot

Stormdrane said...

@Scot, I remember the Ginfer knot tutorial that was on KHWW was done with a printed out grid wrapped around a mandrel with pins, so I don't believe it started with a base Turk's head knot like a Gucho does. I tied it around a mandrel following the photos, without using a grid or pins.

If I had saved the tutorial to my hard drive, when I tied that one back in 2010, it was lost when that laptop drive crashed a couple of years ago.

I have printed out some tutorials to follow when I'm away from the computer, so I'll have to see if I have it in a drawer/file folder somewhere...

Scot Metcalf said...

Thanks Stormdrane,Any help is appreciated. I know Bud 29 tutorials on the old site.Hate to think that some could be lost.

Stormdrane said...

@Scot, Send my your email address if you could. Thanks ;)

Taylor Jennings said...

Mr Storm, did you happen to find the ginfer knot tutorial? I've spent past week looking for one. KNWW is now gone, :( I found an old run list for it, but am having trouble just getting it started. My list says "3 Wraps", then starts. Any chance you could help a brother out? Thank you for all you do for us, and to promote creative art. Tie on Sir.

Stormdrane said...

@Taylor, Send an email to me with 'Ginfer Knot' in the subject so that I can hopefully catch it in case it gets into the spam folder, stormdrane (at) hotmail (dot) com, and I'll reply with what info I have on the ginfer knot.

The KHWW website is now gone and the owner/admin mentioned that it will not be put back up again.

The KHWW group is on Facebook, but only a small number of the files from the old website are available there for download.

Anonymous said...

I found the original tutorial on this russian web site: http://www.paracord.su/content/узел-гинфера-ginfer-knot.

Regards, Danie

Kalaus said...

That's funny, because "the orginal tutorial" is dated 2011 and refers to StormDrane as the source:-)

Stormdrane said...

The Russian site has the photos from the original tutorial that were shared on the old KHWW site, lost to the public when it went down. ;)