Monday, November 19, 2018

EDC keychain pouch lanyard replacement...

I replaced the zipper pull and paracord attachment/retention loop that came on the Maxpedition pouch that I bought with bday money last month.  Although the pouch is rectangular in shape compared to the old teardrop version I've used for a few years, they're not much different in what they'll hold.

I used 1.4mm cord for the zipper pull, in a doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/king cobra stitch pattern, tied directly to the pull on the pouch, and went over the paracord lanyard with knot work between the diamond/lanyard knots, and used a couple of two-strand wall knots for the final length that fits inside the pouch and is attached to the titanium keyring.

The dragon clip was purchased within the last couple of years, and I'd dropped it into a gadget drawer without having a specific project in mind to use it with.

Since the knot work over the paracord wouldn't fit through the grommet on the pouch, I left that section uncovered, just long enough to pull the edc keyring out of the pouch when I need to access the keys, knife, multitool, flashlight or whatnot...



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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Some recent SAK lanyards...

I tied several SAK (Swiss Army Knife) lanyards with 1.4mm cord over gutted paracord, and finally bought a jig with some of my birthday money to try out as an extra pair of hands to help in tying them.

The finished length of the lanyards, with clip/loop ends is around nineteen or so inches, which is about the jig's longest setting, slightly shorter than the spool knit lanyards that I usually make at around two foot long, but still long enough for me to use as a knife, flashlight, multitool, or wallet lanyard for edc (everyday carry) use.

I haven't been tying very much lately because of vision problems (diabetic ~ macular degeneration) in one of my eyes.  I've gone back to trying simpler knot work where I can see what I'm doing, although it's difficult with depth perception problems and everything is blurry/dark/distorted and color is off too now out of one eye.

I can't see the cord's overs/unders with the recent eye going bad, and trying to focus just gives me headaches, beyond the migraines that already plague me.  Even trying to read the computer screen or watch television is problematic (trying to read the closed caption text because of my hearing loss/tinnitus), as my face is about 10 inches away from the monitor with my eyeglasses off.

I'll keep tying as long as I can, and trying to take decent photos too, although that's a challenge beyond what it was before as well.  I added one of those magnifying glass floor lamps to my amazon wish list in case I sell some things from the gadget drawer collection to eventually be able to put it in the budget.  I don't know if it would help me see better when tying or not though...

Knives shown in the photos with the lanyards are my Victorinox Spartan, Tinker, and silver alox and black alox Pioneers, and a blue alox Farmer. Lanyard and bracelet in the last photo are made with orange 1.8mm reflective guyline and blue Handy Hundred cord and paracord core for the knife lanyard.








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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Cinch cord replacement...

I bought a new tire pressure gauge, the RHINO GAUGE, with some of my birthday money, and it came with a storage pouch that had a thin black string cinch cord.

I removed the original cord and replaced it with a length of neon green paracord and a two-strand footrope knot.

I reused the cordlock that came on it, but will go back and replace that with a better one when I can find a spare somewhere in the gadget drawer.

I attached a safety pin to the end of the length of paracord to help feed it through the pouch's cinch cord tunnel, which is much easier than trying to inch worm the paracord through without it.




Thursday, September 27, 2018

101 Uses for Paracord

Mike's Gear Reviews shared a nicely done infographic on 101 Uses for Paracord and has provided an intro below.

You never know when you need to tie yourself to something.  It may sound unlikely, but it could mean a life-and-death situation, whether you are out and about in an urban setting or in the wilderness.  You need to be ready at all times.  If you can't bring your whole utility box, at least bring a paracord wherever you go.

A paracord is short for parachute cord, which is a nylon rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes.  It is a versitile piece that you can carry with you discreetly and use on so many occasions.  Your tactical watch may even have a paracord coiled as its strap and you hadn't even noticed.

If you are going on a journey to the wilderness, a paracord is something that you can't afford not to bring with you.  It may just be the thing that can save your life.  You don't have to be in extreme outdoor adventure before you can find a use for it as well.  You can use a paracord in a lot of things that you won't normally associate a rope with.  Read our 101 Uses for Paracord to find out how this unassuming piece of equipment can be crucial to your survival.