You might have recently seen our Knot of the Week video for the Quick Release Paracord Bracelet that can be used for emergency deployment. While we’re all about usability here at ITS, sometimes you might just want a paracord bracelet to wear, without a need for a secondary use.
For today’s KOTW, I’ll show you how to use Type I Paracord to make a micro version of the Soloman Bar Paracord Bracelet to make for yourself, give as a gift, or keep in mind for a future project.
While you’ll see me weaving this bracelet to fit my wrist, these are great for men, kids and women alike. Our friend Raquel Rusing of Triple Aught Design was wearing one of these at SHOT Show this year and we talked about not only how easy the smaller sized paracord bracelet is to wear on a regular basis, but also about how there are more people out there looking for an alternative.
Type III bracelets can be clunky and make writing and typing uncomfortable, so for anyone like me who’s at a desk most of the day and still wants to wear a paracord bracelet, the micro version is a much more utilitarian option. [Read More…]
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.
This week’s Knot of the Week isn’t a true knot per se, but a way to wrap objects to increase their grip and also to store extra paracord.
Today we’ll be wrapping a County Comm Micro Widgy Bar, which is a miniature pry bar. It’s made from hardened D9 steel and is around 3″ in overall length.
The wrapping we’ll show you today isn’t a very complicated wrapping, but still provides a nice secure way to lock in the paracord.
Some people like to wet paracord before wrapping which will enable you to get the wraps tighter, but if you’re concerned about that, you should also use a vise to hold the object you’re wrapping.
We’ve used around two feet of paracord to wrap this Micro Widgy Bar, but depending on your lanyard length you might want to use a few more inches.
Our Knot of the Week series continues today with the Turk’s Head.
The Turk’s Head is a Decorative Knot that has so many different versions, books have been written just on this family of knots.
They can literally be used for nearly any type of decorative knot project you can think of. The most common use of a Turk’s Head in the Military is it’s use on presentation paddles.
This is definitely one of the more involved knots we’ve showcased here on ITS Tactical, but we’ve tried to make the video explanation as simple as possible.
As a whole the Turk’s Head is not a difficult knot. If you don’t get the initial steps exactly right, or loose your place while tracing the line through, it’s easy to get frustrated though.
Turk’s Head knots can also resemble a turban, but they won’t make your carpet fly…
We’re kicking off our 2010 Knot of the Week series today with the Lanyard Knot.
The Lanyard Knot, also known as a Diamond Knot, is an excellent decorative knot that can be used for a multitude of applications.
Primarily we like this knot for its ability to create a fixed loop in a single strand of rope. This comes in very handy when making a Solomon Bar keychain like we’ve demonstrated in the past.
It can also be used for key rings, knife lanyards and anything that needs some kind of a pull. In fact, sailors used this knot to hold a knife around their necks, which is why you may see this knot referred to as a knife lanyard knot. [Read More…]