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Knot of the Week: Paracord Storage Lanyard

By The ITS Crew

Paracord Storage Lanyard

This knot of the week started off as a request from a reader who wanted to know how to create a lanyard he saw at the end of a knife sheath.

On analyzing the knot, typically tied to shorten up loose ends, we’ve come up with a few more uses for it and another way to tie it.

When tied in this manner it creates a way to keep a few feet of paracord ready to deploy quickly. While not a quick-release per se, there’s just one knot to untie at the end to unwrap it.

Paracord Storage Lanyard » Misc.

(Strength: 2/Secure: 2/Stability: 2/Difficulty: 2)

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

Paracord Storage Lanyard

As mentioned you typically see this kind of wrapping hanging down from longer fixed-blade knife sheaths, as it allows you to store a length of cordage to untie and tie around your leg to further secure the sheath from flapping around.

Another useful method for tying this knot is to follow the instructions below, but use more paracord and double up the wrapping to make a fatter lanyard.


  • Keeping paracord handy and ready to use
  • Decorative way to store paracord
  • Shorten loose ends of a lanyard

Tying Instructions:

Paracord Storage Lanyard

  1. Start by finding the mid-point of your paracord, for this we used a four foot section.
  2. Create a bight in the midpoint and gather it your hand.
  3. Using your hand as a guide, create another bight in the working ends.
  4. Bring working end up to the original bight and wrap a lock just under the original bight loop (see photo)
  5. Continue to tightly wrap the working ends around until you reach the lower double bight.
  6. Thread the working ends through the double bight to secure the wrapping.
  7. Grab the loop that’s now created and push/twist the wrapping down toward the point you secured it.
  8. This will not only tighten up the wrapping and further secure it, but create a larger loop on the top.
  9. This larger loop can now be used to girth hitch the Paracord Storage Lanyard onto an object or hook it on a keychain or carabiner.

Video and Photos

A special thanks to Foreman for suggesting this Knot of the Week!

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  • Video looks great!

    • Thanks brother! 1080p… We actually look like we know what we’re doing!

    • The doubled up hangman’s noose does make a good lanyard/fob for carrying spare paracord and larger rope/cordage. It’s unfortunate that the PC(politically correct) crowd gets all upset/offended when the words ‘hangman’ and ‘noose’ are involved, and can’t see that sliding loop type knots have many uses other than what they’re famous for. A couple of other names I’ve seen used for the knot are the ‘coil knot’ and ‘gallows knot’.

      I first learned the knot as a kid, for attaching hooks and lures to fishing line, and there’s a popular variation of the knot known as the ‘Uni’ or ‘Duncan’ knot.

  • The Captain

    I’m really greatful for these knot of the week tips! Always helpful.

  • Aaron McDoomsday

    Wow! I’d completely forgotten about this; learned it back in middle school to replace zipper pulls and the like on my cold weather gear. 1080p looks great (caveat: I’m on an iPhone).

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  • Awesome. I cant wait to try this knot out. Thanks

  • 229Mick

    At the beginning he says “By doing this right there, what you’ve done is you’ve locked off that wrapping” but I can’t see what he actually does. Did he do something special there, or is it just the first wrap? I did it with just a wrap and it holds pretty well, but seems as if it gets twisted, it’d easily come apart…

    Love the knot of the week though. Thanks for hooking up the non Boy Scouts among us!

  • justin spindler

    Cool. thanks Bryan, now I know what to do with those dozens of three to six foot lengths of cord that keep piling up in my little gear room.

  • Jared

    First off, I love the site. Second, I made a few lanyards, but I also used an 8ft piece to make a long one and girth hitched plastic buckles to each end to make a bracelet. It is similar to the bracelet you demonstrated with the cobra knot, but it deploys much faster. Thanks for the info and keep up the good work.

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  • I might not know much about rope, but I do know when it comes to storage of the stuff, you have to be extra careful not to kink the length and to make sure that it’s stored in a cool and dry place. Especially dependant on the material it’s made of. You’d think that the manufacturers would’ve come up with a method of storage that would make it a lot easier to store right?

  • n addition whenever you take the rope out of storage, we have to make sure that it hasn’t suddenly gotten damaged somehow either. Ruined rope can be e xtremely dangerous!

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