Monday, June 05, 2017

A two-strand lanyard knot variant...

Knot tying friend, Mabel Marble, shares a tutorial for tying a variant of a two-strand lanyard knot from 'The Ashley Book of Knots'.

Mabel was attempting knot #785 (extended crown and diamond), but like #784 (crown and diamond knot), there's said to be an error in the diagram instructions, which leads to a different result than the intended finished knot.  Mabel has dubbed this knot as #785A.

I tied the one shown in the post photos with some dark green paracord, directly onto my Kershaw Emerson pocket knife, adding a black oxide finish Kiko Tiki (God of Sarcasm) lanyard bead.






I left enough of a loop to put my little finger in for added retention when using the knife.  The bead can be slid up/down along the lanyard's loop for adjustment if needed, like keeping the cord from interfering with the Wave feature when pulling the knife quickly from the pocket for a quick deployment of the blade, instead of using the thumb disk.





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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stormdrane packing tape & salvaged project rings...

I received this sample roll of packing tape, with my Stormdrane logo, from Sticker Mule.  It's the type of tape that you cut to length needed and wipe with a wet sponge to activate the adhesive, before applying to secure the flaps on a box/package.

The roll is 3" x 300', I think, so it should last me a while, using some with the occasional ebay package that I mail out.

I salvaged a couple of hard disk spacers from an old computer drive that I was destroying.  They look to be good potential victims for some knot work/ringbolt hitching projects, for an edc (everyday carry) lanyard or keychain...






And in today's mail, a surprise package from one of my blog readers. An assortment of heavy duty sail needles (John James needles ~ Made in England), useful for leatherwork/lacing, repairing canvas tents, heavy ballistic cloth backpacks, gear, and whatnot.


Also, some alligator gar fish scales, which have a variety of potential craft uses, for jewelry, buttons, and pendants.  They even have a history of being used as small arrowheads by native Americans.  Thanks, Ken, much appreciated!







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Monday, May 22, 2017

Lacing Needles and Case...

My lacing needle case. A paracord guacho knot interweave from a different project just happened to fit the 'baby soda bottle/preform' that I keep my lacing needles in, so I've kept that on it.

I didn't want to completely cover the case with knot work because I like being able to see the needles inside...

Took out a small lacing needle to use with the spool knit lanyard, for tying a single strand star knot at one end.  


The lacing needles are also called stitching fids, in case you're searching for more info on them.  They certainly make some knot projects easier, especially with Turk's head knots and variations, monkey's fists, and where ever there's over/under weaving of the cord to be done.


 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

SAK lanyard edc pocket dump on a May Saturday afternoon...

A right front pocket dump on this Saturday afternoon, with a rumble of thunder outside.  A two-peg spool knit lanyard, done with 1.4mm cord/string (tan color), about two foot long finished length, shown attached to one of my Wenger Swiss Army Knives (Traveler, I think).

I used a leftover scrap of string to tie a Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/cobra stitch over the single strand loop end, to run a belt through, or fit a finger or two if the lanyard is being used in hand, for retention.



Friday, May 12, 2017

A May Day EDC...

EDC (everyday carry) pocket dump for this date, Friday, May 12, 2017.

ArmyTek Wizard Pro LED flashlight, Leatherman Wave multitool, Kershaw Shuffle pocket knife, all with some decorative and useful paracord knot work.






I keep going back and digging through my stuff in the storage totes, where I'd packed them away for the upcoming move (house under contract), to either use/carry or possibly list for sale on ebay.  The home that we'll be moving to is considerably smaller than our current abode, so many things, like some furniture and whatnot, will have to be sold or given to family that may have use for them.  Quite a bit has been given to Goodwill, so I hope those things eventually find a good home...

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mustard makes the cut...


I had some 'mustard' yellow paracord left over from a recent project, and used a single twenty foot continuous length strand in this two-peg spool knit 'pray for fire' lanyard.

There's a 2" x 1/8" firesteel tucked down the center of the cross, alongside the couple of other strands in the core of the cross (loop end strands ~ cow/ring/girth hitched onto the snap hook).

The finished length is about 27" long, from snap hook/sailor's cross knot end to the other loop and lanyard/diamond knot end.






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And another paracord wallet lanyard, shown attached to a wallyworld test trifold biker/trucker wallet from the gadget drawer collection, and I used some 'licorice' 425 paracord for the sailor's cross knot.