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Knot of the Week: Strider Knife Paracord Wrap

By The ITS Crew

Strider Knife Wrap

Ever wonder how to achieve the cool technique that Strider uses to wrap their knife handles with paracord?

On this week’s Knot of the Week we’ll show you exactly how to wrap a handle with this method, using a County Comm EOD Breacher Bar, a breaching tool for prying, cutting and pounding.

You can apply this wrapping principle to just about anything you want to. As you’ll see in our demonstration, we’ll take advantage of the four holes that the Breacher Bar offers to aid in securing the wrapping.

These holes are not mandatory though, and you can adapt this to any knife / handle you’d like. It is, however, handy to have a vise to hold your knife while you wrap the outer layer of the pattern. In fact, its almost mandatory, as without a tight wrap on this section it may loosen up with use.

This paracord wrapping will require two separate lengths of 550. One being 120″ and another right around 70″. So another cool thing about this wrapping is that you’ll have nearly 16 feet of paracord at your disposal should you need it. The inner wrapping (the 70″ piece of 550) can also be gutted to give your grip a thinner profile.

If you’re wrapping a knife with this method, do yourself a favor and tape the blade up so you don’t get cut. It will also prevent your knife from getting scratched up in the vise if you don’t have rubber jaws.

Strider Knife Paracord Wrapping » Decorative

(Strength: 3/Secure: 3/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 3)

Please refer to our  Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

Uses:

  • Increase the grip of an object
  • Storing Paracord
  • Decorating an object

Tying Instructions:

  1. To follow along with these instructions, your object will need to have at least two holes for paracord (breacher bar has four)
  2. *Have your two sections of paracord ready (120″ section and 70″ section)*
  3. Starting with the longer of the two sections, find the midpoint of the paracord and double
  4. Insert the doubled end in and through the second hole up from the bottom
  5. Pull the doubled end out through the second hole down from the top
  6. Insert the remaining paracord ends through the loop, creating a girth hitch
  7. Tighten up the girth hitch and pull the paracord ends out of the way
  8. Take the small 70″ section of paracord and insert around an inch through the remaining topmost hole
  9. Hold this working end down with your finger while you symmetrically wrap the remaining paracord all the way down
  10. At the bottom of the wrap, make one more loose turn and insert this working end through the second hole up from the bottom
  11. Tuck and tighten the remaining working end to hide it in the wrap
  12. *Now return to your new working ends on the longer paracord*
  13. Where these ends now exit the wrapping, pull them behind to the backside
  14. To make the weave/hook pattern, remember right over left then left over right
  15. Create the pattern on this side of the handle, ensuring its tightness
  16. Bring the paracord to the opposite side and repeat the same pattern *right over left, left over right, tighten*
  17. Continue this pattern, alternating from one side of the handle to the other, until you’ve reached the bottom
  18. Once at the bottom, tie a tight square knot to hold your wrapping in place
  19. Feed the ends through the remaining lanyard hole in the handle, flip the handle over and tie a second square knot
  20. This effectively locks the wrapping completely and allows you to know work with the remaining paracord
  21. You can tie any kind of lanyard knot with the remaining paracord, or if desired, trim the paracord and forgo the lanyard
  22. Enjoy!

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!

 

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Discussion

  • Wesley Pledger

    Oh sweet! I’ve been wanting to know how to do this. Thanks man!

  • Been doing this for a long time. I like to soak my paracord in hot water, wrap it, and then it it with a hair dryer.

  • Madnet

    Awesome!! Keep up the good work with knots of the week, they have helped me on several pieces of gear in my loadout!

    • Madnet,

      Thanks for the great feedback! Glad to hear the KOTW is helping you out, be sure to let us know if you have any requests.

      ~ Bryan

  • Cody Hahn

    Great info! I have been looking at the EOD Breacher Bar and was pleasantly suprised to see it here.

    • Thanks for the kind words Cody!

      ~ Bryan

  • Phil

    Nice knot, I really like the way it looks. Question though, can this knot be used on something that’s round because I was thinking of using this knot to wrap some paracord around a walking stick I’m working on. If so, what would you recommend as far as the number and spacing of the holes go? Thanks.

    • Phil, You can actually do this knot on a walking stick without any holes, you just have to wrap in the ends when you finish the overlay knotting. Here’s some photos from one I did awhile back… http://www.flickr.com/photos/itstactical/4464417935/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/itstactical/4465184988/

      This gives you a really nice ridgeline for the crease of your hand to rest in for increased grip. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks for the comment!
      ~ Bryan

    • Phil

      Thanks for the response, I’ll definitely have to give it a try now.

  • Brian Lippert

    thanks for the info, hey quick question how would i wrap my navy mk3 mod o knife with the para cord wrapping?

  • Ryan Harrell

    Hey when doing that wrap on a knife, do I have to have a second hole like on the EOD Breacher bar? Or can I do that same wrap with just the two holes, one at the top and one at the bottom? If so could you do a tutorial on how to do that?

    Thanks,
    Ryan

  • jon

    Hi, Want to wrap my hawk handle what would be a good way to do this? Thanks jon

  • tommy snyder

    Can i wrap a 3 holed(1 lanard hole) cleaver?
    can i use the same tecneque?

  • ScottMan

    Did you gut one of those strands, leaving you with just the sheath before you started? Or are both the shorter and longer peice of cord used “as is “,right out of the box?

  • Burgess

    Do you have a KOTW showing how to do it on a knife with just two holes?

  • sam ireton

    love this tutorial but im starting my own para chord site and business and was wondering where i could buy blades to wrap the handle with parachord?

    • BrettBishop

      You can buy blanks off Amazon or eBay

  • Banshee

    Could you rap a axe handle with that technique?

  • Dfulks

    How do you figure out how much coed you need?

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