Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New shoes paracord shoelace upgrade...

I replaced the cheap puffy/soft feeling shoelaces that came with my new shoes with some paracord, in the Starry Night color pattern.

*Note that the 'Starry Night' paracord is not a reflective version of paracord, but you could certainly use that type for more visibility/safety if you're out and about after dark.

I didn't get fancy with the lacing, since my feet are often swollen and I need to easily loosen the laces all the way down just to fit my dogs inside the shoes sometimes.

I did not gut the paracord (remove inner strands), but you can for your shoes/boots if the eyelets are too small for ungutted 550 paracord, or you might try smaller diameter paracord options, like 425, 325, or 275 if necessary, although there may be fewer color combos/patterns to choose from.

Some folks may find paracord a bit slippery and that it won't hold a regular shoelace knot securely, but there are other knots that can help with that, like Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot.

I believe the laces that came with the shoes were around 54" long, which seemed a bit too short for these shoes, so I used 72" lengths of paracord for the replacements.

It's better to start with paracord laces that are too long, rather than too short, so you can figure out the lacing pattern you intend to use, then trim them shorter if necessary.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Keep Calm and Monday On...

A May Monday EDC pocket dump.

* Turk's head knot wallet lanyard that I made with paracord and 1.4mm cord (a project from 2010 - Stormdrane's Blog)

* Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas leather wallet

* Woven paracord watchstrap with Timex Expedition watch

* Woven/fishtail paracord bracelet with medic alert tag and stairstep stitching

* Kershaw Emerson CQC-4K pocket knife with paracord fob and Schmuckatelli Co Kiko Tiki pewter lanyard bead

* Shields of Strength cross shield pendant with knot work and glow-in-the-dark mod

* Victorinox Green Alox Minichamp SAK SwissBianco limited edition (2011)

* Maratac Brass AAA LED flashlight (County Comm/Massdrop)

* Leatherman Brewzer keychain multitool with gaucho interweave knot work

* Vehicle/house keys with ID tag

* Pocket square/handkerchief

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

41st Annual Geranium Festival EDC...

The simple paracord wrist lanyard has a two-strand Matthew Walker knot to close the loop and wooden bead with 1.4mm cord gaucho interweave knot for adjustment, and is ring hitched to the flashlight's split ring.

The pocket knife is an Imperial Sodbuster and the flashlight a JetBeam Jet-1 MK


The 41st Annual Geranium Festival, held in McDonough, GA, is today (May 19th), and I live within a mile and a half of the town square. The roads were already blocked off when I went for a 4AM grocery run and had to take a detour to and from the local Kroger.

Chance of rain for today has dropped to around 15%, so that's good for the estimated 25,000 attendees and 300+ vendors that have booths set up.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

An 8 lead 5 bight Turk's head knot..

Another knot from Tom Hall's book, "Introduction to Turk's Head Knots", an 8 part 5 bight casa knot, that I tied with gutted paracord, first around a Sharpie marker for a mandrel, then moved on to an oval shaped wood bead and dressed/tightened up.

I added the knot covered bead to a leather bootlace wrist lanyard and one of my rigging/marlinspike knives.



Knives listed clockwise from lower left:








My blog was started 13 years ago this month, and I appreciate those that take the time to visit and give it a read and browse the photos, and I'll continue to try and answer comments/questions when I can.

And I'm also glad that some folks have found an interest in knot work and edc (everyday carry) through my blog on stuff like knives, flashlights, and keychains paired with some decorative and useful wrangling of paracord, leather, and other cordage and begin to explore it further as a hobby/craft.


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Thursday, April 05, 2018

CRKT Tomahawk Leather and Paracord Handle Wrap...


One of my sisters sent me this CRKT Woods Nobo T-Hawk Tomahawk and a couple of 3/4" wide leather straps, from my Amazon wish list, and I received them in the week before Christmas.  I've tied/untied multiple variations of handle wraps in the last three months, and I've still not made any of them permanent on the tomahawk.

The 3/4" wide leather straps are only six feet long each (72") and neither of the pair I have are long enough alone to wrap the handle, unless I just space out a basic crossed pattern, and then I'd need some carpet tacks, or decorative upholstery tacks to secure the leather in place, and I could still use those with the current shown wrap.

As seen, the wrap is coiled up from the base of the handle for the grip, then I tied a long two-bight Turk's head knot (19 lead 2 bight) the rest of the way, with one strap running out with the TH knot partially done, I overlapped the second strap and continued on with the knot.

At the base of the handle is a pineapple knot and there's a Spanish ring knot around the short exposed part of the handle above the tomahawk head, both of those done with gutted paracord.

A nice handle wrap helps to differentiate your tactical camping survival zombie apocalypse hair parting device from the next guy's. ;)


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