Sunday, July 30, 2006

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Paracord neck lanyards...

Here are a couple of neck lanyards I made using 4-strand plaits(black/olive done in diamond braid, black/gray done in spiral braid). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework by Geoffrey Budworth has a good section on how to tie these and other braids.

 These can take awhile to make. I found myself messing up and having to untie and retie it several times until I had it the the way I wanted it. Patience is helpful when learning.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Flashlight twist wrap

I used 6 feet of type I OD green paracord to twist wrap this AAA LED light.

And the method shown using paracord over a Maglite 2AA flashlight.

After each couple of knots are tied, push/twist the work up towards the previous knots and keep tension on the cords to keep it all tight.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

OD green Type I paracord wrist strap in a king cobra stitch. I used 20 feet of cord to make this one. The knife is a Victorinox One Hand Trekker. Posted by Picasa

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Spyderco Salt I with thin Type I paracord(foilage green, from the Supply Captain) wrist strap. The thin diameter of the cord means more work when tying and can be hard if you have large hands. I used about 14 feet of cord in the wrist strap. If you use a knife, multi-tool, or flashlight around a boat, dock, up a ladder, on a roof, rock climbing, etc... a wrist strap could help keep you from losing it if dropped.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Koppo stick flashlight paracord grip

Two-finger paracord flashlight grip. I gutted and used around 5 feet of cord to make this cobra stitch/Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet grip. You can still use the hand without having to put the Maglite down.

There are other variations of this type of grip for a 2AA flashlight if you look for them online. The light can be used like a Koppo stick with this type of grip.

Adjustable paracord flashlight grips...

After making a couple of flashlight paracord grips and posting photos here and on a few forums I'm a member of, someone asked if they're adjustable.

The first ones weren't since they were tied right onto the flashlights. I made a couple more of them that are adjustable so they'll fit D cell and C lights. Here's what they look like and a quick 'how to' on attaching them.

 I put the loop end on the tail end of the light and double it up. Then I pull on the cordlock end with one hand and slide the grip part down onto the light to tighten up that end. I remove the cordlock, and wrap the cords around the head end of the light two or three time until theres just enough cord left to pull thru the cordlock, pull the ends thru the cordlock and tighten it up. The cordlock end sits at the head of the light and the loop end can be slid closer or farther from the head to adjust the size of the hand grip.

On a side note, I was looking on ebay for a C cell light and saw that someone had just put up their own version of this grip on a light for sale. That's cool with me, I'm all about sharing ideas. If ya see someone selling something handmade with paracord, buy it. Considering the time and costs in making things with paracord, most paracord junkies don't usually profit from our hobby, we just get enough to buy more cord and accessories to play with.

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Paracord flashlight grip...

I just tried this idea today, of a flashlight paracord grip. It's actually made similar to a paracord bracelet. Loop the center of your cord around one end a couple of times, come down the length you want the grip, loop around the light a couple more times, then start knotting.

The maroon paracord is on the 3D cell Maglite and the black/olive drab is on the 2D cell light. I use about 15 feet of cord to make one. It can be slid on/off, but is tight enough when on, that it won't come off on it's own.

One of my blog readers was looking for ideas for a paracord grab handle on his Jeep's roll bars, and I suggested the flashlight grips might work well for that application...