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    Arrow Post your home-made lanyard photos!

    EDIT 08/03/06:

    Now that this thread has become a sticky, webly445 was kind enough to compile a list of links that have been brought up or are related to this thread.

    Thanks to webly445 and all those who have contributed to this thread. Let's keep it going!

    And those links are here:

    http://www.lighthound.com/info/lanyard_weaving.htm

    http://www.realknots.com/knots/index.htm#bends

    http://www.boondoggleman.com/

    Stormdrane's Blog

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...ad.php?t=102053

    http://www.folsoms.net/knots/index.shtml

    http://bns-code.org/?view=pages&id=4

    http://www.igkt.net/beginners/index.html

    http://www.sacdelta.com/safety/knots/m_fista.htm

    http://www.scoutxing.com/knots/knots_index.htm

    http://www.themartialist.com/pecom/koppowrap.htm

    http://www.freecraftunlimited.com/braided-lanyard.html

    http://www.freecraftunlimited.com/braided-lanyard.html

    http://www.layhands.com/Knots/Knots_Decorative.htm

    http://www.knifeart.com/how.html

    http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx?c=ss&id=31

    http://www.animatedknots.com/index.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg

    http://www.stellaceleste.com/htm/knots/tutorials.htm

    http://www.totheweb.com/cuc/knots.html

    http://www.totheweb.com/cuc/knots.html

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    Original, first post of this thread:

    I thought this might be an interesting thread...

    This weekend, I learned how to weave paracord from lighthound's website:

    http://www.lighthound.com/info/lanyard_weaving.htm

    Thank you Lighthound!

    I just think it's amazing, to put on your keychain, a small "fob" that holds up to 8 linear feet of paracord. Who know's when that could come in handy? Paracord is tough stuff, even with the inner strands removed.

    At first thought, I remember that poor bastard who got his hand cought between a "rock and a hard place". Don't know his name, but he had a boulder crush and capture his hand for several days while hiking somewhere out west. I remember that he used some rope that he had to make a way to sit down. This was all he could do for several days before finaly amputating his own hand to escape...

    So here we go. I hope this hasn't been done before. I've searched CPF and only found a few good folks who are willing to make and sell these little life savers.

    Please post pictures of your creations. And describe how you made them, or where you found instruction on making them.

    Here is my entry:

    This first one is a simple square knot (repeated and repeated). This fob has approximately 4 linear feet of paracord. The paracord has it's inner strands removed.



    This second photo is black and white paracord, added up there is a total of 8 linear feet of cord (4' black, 4' white). It was too big to add to a keychain, so I opted to "loop" it. Perhaps this is someting one could cary in their pack, rather than on a keychain...



    Also, I did something that I had not yet seen on previous posts... I used a "cord lock" device to finish off my fobs. I think that other here where either melting or hot-gluing the ends to make a finished product. I think the cord-lock is a much better solution. I plan on carying the first fob on my keychain.

    Please post pictures of your creations!

    Thanks,
    Dan
    Last edited by bruner; 08-03-2006 at 10:49 PM.
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    Here are some that I have been making for ppl lately.




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    a little one for my SAK
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    This is my EDC light with its homemade lanyard.



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    Here's a couple of mine. A few leather ones that I use for knives or small lights:




    A closeup of a leather one on my Arc LS, and a longer, paracord one, I use on my Pila GL3 (which doesn't have a split-ring or clip attachment point):
    (click on the GL3 thumbnail for larger version)

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    Here's a few I've done.

    Cobra Twist in tadgear.com woodland camo.



    King Cobra with Knife Lanyard Knot done with dessert camo.


    Monkey's Fist with Alpine Whipping (allows for adjusting length of loop and distance of Monkey's Fist).




    It's a hobby of mine so they tend to accumulate. I also put them on my flashlights and my small knives like my Boker/Magnum Subcom Folder.



    Instructions on how to make them I got mostly off the innernet, but some from books.
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    SwissTech Lanyard,

    Based on simbad's lanyard post #4 of this thread.

    Thanks simbad

    Short mode:


    Long mode:


    Short mode for jeans, long mode for dresspants.

    Thanks,
    Dan
    Last edited by bruner; 02-27-2006 at 05:17 PM.
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    Her's a few I did with a 5/8" ball bearing inside.

    Twisted Fist:





    Hanging loose in toxic green:



    Blue FAF with Maroon whipping:


    Here's another King Cobra.
    First they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not stand up, because I was not a Trade Unionist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simbad
    This is my EDC light with its homemade lanyard.



    Where did you get those black rubber gaskets? I want to put a SF C2-style one on the recessed part if I can track something like that down...
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    Rubber o-rings like that can be found at a hardware store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtice
    Here are some that I have been making for ppl lately.




    ~John
    Where did you buy the hardware for your lanyards? I want some swively clips and the plastic cord ends and spring clips...

    Thanks!
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    My DC is out for repairs at the moment, as soon as i get it back i snap some more recent pics. Theese were taken somtime last year, however my work has improved quite a bit since.

    A pic of a few of my lights w/ some fobs and lanyards

    A pic of a leather fob i made for my Salsa

    J

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    I'm just starting to get into this, and I've got a question...

    Do you have to put something in the middle of a Monkey's Fist to get a smooth and even knot? None of mine ever turn out nicely. They just kind of bunch and ball up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosine
    I'm just starting to get into this, and I've got a question...

    Do you have to put something in the middle of a Monkey's Fist to get a smooth and even knot? None of mine ever turn out nicely. They just kind of bunch and ball up.
    It isn’t necessary however, some cord is easier to use for the Monkey’s Fist than others. If the cord is flat like a shoestring, it wont work very well. Some paracord lays flatter than others, so it won't work as well as the paracord that seems stiffer and rounder. The paracord that lays flatter will feel somewhat "loose" compared to the cord that doesn't lay as flat, and it feels somewhat "tighter" and "more dense".



    Having a marble, or some type of ball inside will allow the turns to look more uniform, but the trade off is that they can tend to slide, while this won’t happen in a Monkey’s Fist done without the marble. I personally found it easier to learn without the marble, YMMV. I don’t know how “smooth and even” you want it, but most people who look at mine think they are pretty good, and I don’t usually use a marble or BB. All the Monkey’s Fists in posts 128 and 129 are done without anything in the center.



    The main thing is learning what I refer to as “the anatomy of the knot”. Once you learn that, then you’ll start working out what method is best for you to gradually tighten it (that’s where your at now). I imagine it’s one of those things that some people have their own way of doing. Key thing is to gradually tighten it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosine
    I'm just starting to get into this, and I've got a question...

    Do you have to put something in the middle of a Monkey's Fist to get a smooth and even knot? None of mine ever turn out nicely. They just kind of bunch and ball up.
    For the monkey fist you can use something like a small wad of paper or plastic, a round rubber ball, a round cork(fishing bobber), but a marble or ball bearing will will give a more solid center to the fist, at least for me it was easier learning with those.

    Ghostrider makes a great point on "gradually" tightening the knot up. I work around the knot several times, making it just slightly tighter each time, and that helps keep the lines straight and from being twisted and getting tangled.
    Last edited by Stormdrane; 04-20-2006 at 09:40 PM.

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    I make mine so that it slides either way, and the loop can also be adjusted as well.



    This is a good site for instructions.

    http://www.boondoggleman.com/
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    Here's a couple more I did after reading another thread.

    This one has the inner strands removed.




    This one does not have the inner strands removed. It also has a little over 15 feet of cord.


    offroadcmpr,
    I took some pics of the process you inquired about. I will try to post them later.
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    I got the same problem with monkey fist.... Always screw at the end
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    I think that I may have figured it out
    I start out by tying the knot on over itself. So the very first part looks like this.


    Then I just do the regular stitching until the end. Then I finally figured out the lanyard knot, it was much harder than the cobra stitch for some reason.


    cool. Thank you.

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    That's how I do it. Congrats.
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    well I've made a Bracelet but I don't know how to post the picture.
    I have photobucket but every time I want to show the picture I opem a link
    for the Album and I do not want to show that....Ummmm what should I do ?
    Please let me know,
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    [QUOTE=bruner]I thought this might be an interesting thread...

    This weekend, I learned how to weave paracord from lighthound's website:

    http://www.lighthound.com/info/lanyard_weaving.htm

    Thank you Lighthound!

    We used to make a ton of these things when we had downtime on deployment ....made some that looked like dollar signs,,,,,and if you cross the cords at an angle while braiding the box style.....its kind of twists its way up....

    neat stuff I keep two rolls at home
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    just made a new one for my BM, what do you think?
    Chaka.

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    Awesome work by everyone. Could I ask for two minor pieces of advice?

    -First, when I try to melt the ends of light colored paracord, I'm getting black globules of melted cord instead of just a colored melted blob. Am I using too high a heat from my lighter...maybe need a candle flame or something a little cooler?

    -Second, I LOVE the bracelets, however can't find instruction for attaching both ends...the only instructions seem to assume a loose end tied into a knot. I'd like to be able to do something like the watch band (one end attached to the watch, the other to a clasp), but can't see where/how the paracord is attached to its own end. Can anyone provide insight?

    Thank you for all the great pictures and inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by s002cjs
    Awesome work by everyone. Could I ask for two minor pieces of advice?

    -First, when I try to melt the ends of light colored paracord, I'm getting black globules of melted cord instead of just a colored melted blob. Am I using too high a heat from my lighter...maybe need a candle flame or something a little cooler?
    Try experimenting with how close you get to the flame. There is a point where it will melt the nylon, but not turn it black. A hot knife attachment on a soldering iron will make very clean ends also. I use a Bic lighter, or a butane Zippo that I have.
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    Just finished this 'skull knocker' lanyard in forest green and neon orange, with a 3/4" chrome steel ball bearing inside the monkey fist, and a Schmuckatelli pewter skull.


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    Where is a good site for the lanyard clips, etc
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    A new one i made for my wife's keys...
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