Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mandala Knot...

A knot tying friend, Robert, had recently shared a link on Google+ for a Chinese website knot tutorial, for which the name translated to 'Mandala Knot'.

I tied an example with a length of black paracord for a Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K pocket knife edc lanyard/fob, with a loop section just large enough for my little finger to fit through for retention, so as to not drop the knife when using it.

The knot has a pleasing pattern of tight curving loops to a center point on both sides of a somewhat thick disc shape after careful shaping and tightening of the knot.

Also tied were a couple of two-strand stopper knots, before and after the Mandala Knot, so I ended up using about two feet of paracord in the finished lanyard/fob.

You may use more or less cord depending on the loop size and spacing of the knots, so start off with more cord than you think you'll use so you don't come up short when tying. ;)
 

 



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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Paracord Fusion Ties Backpack Edition


I recently received a new copy of Paracord Fusion Ties - Backpack Edition straight from the knotty genius himself, J.D. Lenzen.  The foreword for this volume was written by Jim "Coop" Cooper.

The new book is a compact compilation of selected paracord projects from three of his previous full size books, Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 1, Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 2, and Paracord Project Inspirations.

The smaller footprint of the book allows it to be easily taken along, in an edc pouch or backpack, to use a reference tool for tying any of the clearly pictured instructionals within.

One of the 'how to' selections is a 'Round Crown Sinnet (Key Fob)', which is one of the first decorative type knots I learned to tie years ago, and still find myself tying from time to time.

I made this navy blue and neon orange paracord round crown sinnet pocket knife fob, doing just a few modifications from JD's tutorial, by making a longer starting loop for attachment, inserting a 1/8" x 2" long firesteel in the center of the sinnet as I tied, and finishing with a crown and wall knot that can be untied to retrieve the firesteel should it be needed in a camping, emergency, survival, zombie apocalypse type situation.








The paracord project inside my backpack is one I'd started on several months ago for LordDraconical, the Nerf vampire.  It's been finished for a while, but I still need to deliver it.  I'll share more about it in a future blog post. ;)

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I tied a couple more round and square crown sinnet keychain fobs with navy blue and neon orange paracord while watching the Auburn football game on Saturday evening (team not looking to good so far this year, but 'War Eagle!' anyway).  These were made for my Ma & Pa, as they recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on September 16th. They're both graduates of Auburn University.

Added a couple of cross lanyard beads that I'd bought at Hobby Lobby either last year or the year before and had forgotten about them as they were mixed in with a pile of all kinds of other gadgets, gear, and gizmos in a gadget drawer.

I tied gaucho knots as whipping under the beads with white 0.9mm string, although the beads weren't likely to move/slide since it was a bit of a chore to fit(push/pull) the four ends strands (ungutted paracord) throught the bead holes on them.  I gave those keychain lanyard/fobs to Ma and Pa (both Auburn University graduates).

Someone at my folks church had given them a cross charm bracelet, tied with 1mm sized cord with the Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet with an adjustable closure and they'd given me that when they got home from church.  I took the adjustment section off and tied a paracord bracelet over/around that bracelet with the cross charm centered in the pattern and with a spare metal side release buckle I'd had leftover from older projects.  Gave the finished navy blue and orange paracord bracelet with white stitching to Ma as an early b-day present, War Eagle!

I used the 'Manny Method' to join navy blue and orange cord and tied the cobra stitch/Solomon bar pattern over that smaller corded bracelet with the cross centered, and then went back and stitched white 0.9mm cord along the side edges. I'll give this to Ma for an early birthday present for her (Sept 27).  I'd just guessed at a size, measured about 7.5 inches long with the metal buckle ends, and it luckily fit her wrist.  Also added a short paracord fob onto an old Gerber AR pocket knife I've had for a long time, with a reflective orange gaucho knot over a wooden lanyard bead.  I like the knife, but it's just one I rarely carry and keep in the gadget drawer collection.






Friday, September 16, 2016

Gaucho'd Shard

I recently ordered a couple of Gerber Shards which arrived in the mail today, and have already tied a red and black gaucho knot on one of them with 0.9mm cord.  The red looked a little faded after working and tightening the knot, so I touched it up with a red Sharpie marker to deepen the color.

Here'a a link to a blog post from a few years ago with some past knot work done on a few Gerber Shards.  I kept one and it gets rotated with the edc keychain setup and some of my other prybar type tools, like the Leatherman Brewzer.

I've given several to friends and family for Christmas and birthday gifts as they are mostly inexpensive as multitools go, durable, and a handy piece of kit to have around.


And another Shard shown with a gaucho knot tied with some 1.8mm orange reflective line that I'd bought on ebay a while back and hadn't used on any projects yet.  The cord has a reflective tracer thread running through the outer sheath of the cord. Type I paracord might also be used for a wrap on the Shard, but I find the finished knot a bit thicker than I prefer, but some folks might not mind it.



 

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gaucho'd Zippo

It's been a while since I tied any knot work around a Zippo lighter, and I have a couple of new in the box street chrome models in the gadget drawer, so I pulled one out and proceeded to wrap the top lid and bottom sections.

I used about 10 feet (started with an 11 foot length) or so of 1.4mm nylon cord to tie a doubled gaucho knot from a 7 lead 6 bight Turk's head base knot.

After tying and tightening, I used around 5 feet (started with 6 feet) of the 1.4mm cord and tied a single pass gaucho from another base 7x6 TH.  So there's two examples of the same gaucho knot, just one a single pass and the other doubled.

I may go back and give it a coat of brush on krazy glue to finish.  The knots seem tight enough to stay in place, but I didn't wrap any extreme tape strips around the lighter first, which would help further secure them from sliding off.  I could probably inch worm and force them off as it sits, but think it'll stay put under normal handling...



I've started on the other Zippo as well, so far just tying a loosely doubled 9 lead 8 bight Turk's head knot.  Still deciding whether to just run another color between the two passes of solution dyed black 1.4mm Handy Hundred cord, or maybe work in a pineapple interweave, checkered herringbone, or a Hansen knot.

That's a small Perma Lok Lacing Needle that I'm using with the cord to tie the knot, very helpful when threading the cord over/under through Turk's Head knots.




And an example of a gaucho knot tied with 3/32" leather lace around my slim camo Zippo, one I bought in the late 80's or early '90's, I think, maybe at Ft. Gillem, been so long I can't recall. It's hard to read, but the date code on the bottom looks like "K  III".




Of course I couldn't leave without adding a gutted paracord wrapped version too.  It may seem a bit bulkier than done with smaller diameter cord, but some folks might be fine with that when tying their own project.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Revisiting a fixed loops wrist lanyard...

I can't remember the last time I tied one of these double knife lanyard knots, fixed loops on either side of a doubled lanyard/diamond knot, done with a single strand having the ends hidden within the knot, a fixed size wrist loop on one side and short attachment loop on the other, and then tying another knot over the doubled knot, in this case a gaucho knot.

I have pile of various leftover scrap lengths of paracord and use them up when I can, as with this project using some ungutted black paracord and gutted orange.

I made a wrist sized loop first, then tied a double lanyard knot, and before tightening it all the way up, I backed out one of the strands coming out out the knot, formed a small loop with the other and followed the path of the strand I'd moved.  I have an example of making such a loop with a lanyard knot on the Two-Bight Turk's Head lanyard video.

Then again back that one strand out another turn, follow with the other, doing that one or two more times, then run both of those strands though the knot and out one of the sides, and carefully tighten up the knot.

Once the knot is tight, the ends are trimmed and tucked, and hopefully the knot is symmetrical, or at least you can shape it a bit with your fingers, or roll it on a hard surface with a block of wood, a brick, or book to shape it up nicely.

I tied a gaucho knot with gutted orange paracord around a marker that was about the same diameter/thickness (a little larger is ok, too small is not) as the doubled lanyard knot, then slid it off the marker and onto the doubled lanyard knot, and carefully tightened the gaucho.  The gaucho ended up being spaced out a little bit with the knot underneath being a bit larger than a single pass would completely cover.  I left it as it was, but could have used a smaller diameter cord to follow around and double the gaucho, perhaps a couple passes of black on either side of the orange...

The knife is a Camillus rigging variation with marlinspike, an older USA made version that a knot tying friend gifted me a few years ago.  I've shown it before with other lanyards, although if not here on the blog (I couldn't find it in a search, lol), then I'm sure I shared pics on flickr and on some other various edc/multitool/knife related forums posts. It is a cool knife and I'm sure I've used the marlinspike on it more than the blade.





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