Sunday, January 06, 2019

Zipper Pull Replacement...

I replaced one of the zipper pulls on my backpack with one of the Slim Grips that County Comm had sent me last year, also adding a Mini Cyber skull bead from Schmuckatelli Co.

After ring hitching the zipper pull in place, I went over it with 0.9mm cord knot work in a doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/king cobra stitch.



And another shown used as an EDC pocket knife fob for added retention in hand and to more easily find and pull the knife from deep down in a pocket. I added an old Spirit Crafts pewter skull bead (side holes only version) that I had to drill a hole through the top of the skull to pull the zipper pull cord through..


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Monday, December 31, 2018

Parmesan Paracord Storage

This December 31st evening we're finishing out 2018.  I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

I get the occasional question of how I store my cordage.  I don't have a specific workspace/workshop, so my paracord and other cordage gets stored in a couple of storage totes, backpack, and a duffle bag at home, and I dig out what I need when I'm in a tying mood.

The cord usually stays in its original packaging until I decide to start using it, and once opened, I store it in a number of various ways, one such including recycled containers like the titled 'parmesan' cheese shakers.

I have 60+ feet of a leftover paracord hank in one receptacle, and a couple of 100 foot hanks of Type I/95 paracord kept in another.  I usually figure eight coil the cord in hand (between thumb and pinkie finger on one hand) and then place it inside the jar, so it will feed out neatly and untangled by the strand end through the lid, or I can just unscrew the top and take the whole hank out.














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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 (Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy ~ macular edema) 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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