Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blue over orange pocket knife fob...

I tied this one while watching the Auburn vs South Carolina football game. War Eagle!

First a length of orange utility cord with a two strand Matthew Walker knot was added to the CRKT Hammond Cruiser pocket knife, a gift from a fellow knot tying friend, Manny.

I then tied a long 4 bight turks head knot, with 2mm blue trot line/mini blind type string/cord, in a single pass, so that the underlying orange cord showed through.

I finished with four successive lanyard knots, and a bit of needle and thread at the top of the turks head to hold it in place.

Here's a couple of Auburn University color themed turks head bracelets, that I tied using the same type cordage.

19 comments:

TFSDude said...

War Eagle!

Anonymous said...

Storm; That puts the 'cobra' braclet I was working on during the game to shame. I lost about 4 stiches when the ball hit the up right. Great site really enjoy your work. THANKS!!
War Wagle '84

Anonymous said...

War Eagle and thanks for the post!

Il Simon said...

hi Storm!
you are something great!
wonderful knot but i followed links to the 2 basic knots inside....i have had some problems with turk's head but nothing impossible...however, in your other video about turk's head here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy_1afLE_WI
what exactly is this:
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_1YYvMkzHVr0/TJ_Hr-ZE4pI/AAAAAAAAAGc/fF4BPxxuYVg/Schermata%202010-09-27%20a%2000.20.44.png
or
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SPHb9I0KCua2-tCQOelgzuJ-bZX-c3XZbmJ_zfk9Anc?feat=directlink

i mean the needle...does it have a particular name?

thanks!
regards!

Simone

Stormdrane said...

@Simone

That's a Perma Lok Lacing Needle #1193-02. They make it easier to work the paracord around the knot. I use model #1193-02 for paracord and the smaller lacing needle #1193-01 for 1.4mm and smaller sized cord.

Some folks make their own needles out of shortened hollow knitting needles, hollow chop sticks, or even old ink pen cartridges.

HancockBS said...

WAR EAGLE. Great looking items!

Ohno Ohno Ohno said...

Storm: These are beautiful. I stumbled on your blog last nite while surfing with my children. Your work has inspired them to try some of these designs themselves. One question for the inexperienced here. Where do you buy your cord? I have 550 on hand but though you would be a great resource for finding it all in one place. Haven't seen the different diameter in the sites I have been on.

Thanks - Michael Nashville, TN

Stormdrane said...

The Supply Captain has been a reliable source for 550 paracord, the smaller 'Type I'/accessory cord, and shock cord/bungee cord.

Smaller diameter braided nylon cord sometimes used for trot lines and also known as mini blind string can be found on ebay from 'mowfugger'. The darker colors don't hold their dye well, but it's still good cord for knotting projects.

R&W Rope Warehouse is also a source for many types of cord.

Jim said...

Awesome braclet, the blue trot line cord looks like it's glued to the side of the orange... can you clear that up for me? and maybe a little breather with Louisiana-Monroe. War Eagle! and Thank's.

Kevin said...

I'm surprised nobody has asked this yet....how do you get the smaller blue cord to "stick" to the orange cord in the turks head bracelets. It almost looks like it would have to be glued on to keep it lined up like that

Kevin

Stormdrane said...

Even though the cords are different sizes, the blue stays in place. Since these are 'slip-on' type bracelets, if it's a tight fit over the hand, the cords might get overlapped putting them on/off, but just flattening them out with fingers after and they're good to go.

The start/end strands are trimmed on the underside of the bracelet, and can be super glued, melted, or tied in place with a bit of whipping with thread.

cfcotton said...

Love your site. How do you tie the four lanyard knots with single strand?

Stormdrane said...

The start and end strand of the turks head knot are at the base of the knot, so I used those two strands to tie each of the lanyard knots, keeping the orange cord in the center of them.

cfcotton said...

Thanks for the reply. Could you do a demo of how to tie the lanyard knot coming out of the turkshead.

Leatherman Multitool Lover said...

I wish somebody would make a FOB on all my hand tools. I don't have the patience to do it myself, but I appreciate the results!

woodduck said...

I am having trouble finding these orange and blue cords. Can you help me find a place to buy them? Thanks for your help.

Stormdrane said...

@woodduck, The orange cord, Attwood utility cord, came from Walmart in the fishing/boating section. The blue 2mm cord is trot line/mini blind string from ebay.

You can certainly use any similarly sized color and type of cord to use for knotwork, if you are unable to find the same type that I used.

smet337 said...

Mornig Stormdrane,Great 4b video the other day.I started out learning your 2b video and got really lucky learning the 4b from Bud Brewer video.Now I struggle with the easier knots.How do I go about doing the lanyard knot over 2 strands as you did for the blue over the orange? And your friend Manny must be a character with the Anonymous,hehe's and then sign it peace Manny.Love it!Well SD have a Great Morning and Thanks for your time!!Scot

Stormdrane said...

@Scot, Yep, Manny's good people :)

The easiest way to tie those lanyard/diamond knots around the strands is taking the start and end strands from that Turk's head knot(both are long enough for the added lanyard knots), and loosely tie each lanyard knot away from the orange core strands, then pull those core strands through the center of the lanyard knot, tighten it up, then do the next, and so on...

You can tie the lanyard knots directly around the strands, you just have to know where they fit in the sequence of tying them, and that's something harder to visualize in a text description. It's just easier to tie the lanyard knot loosely and then pull the core strands through.

Now if you didn't have access to the end of the core strands to pull them through a loosely tied knot, learning how to tie a lanyard/diamond knot directly around strands comes in handy. You just have to practice tying them, around something like a pen/pencil...