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If you own a survival or tactical knife, then you have probably noticed a hole in the handle. Some have these holes, some do not. Although it does not seem so, knives that have these holes can be extremely useful. One of the best ways to make use of this hole is to attach a lanyard on it. A lanyard allows you to attach your knife to virtually anything. You can attach it to your bug out bag, keychain, water bottle, or whatever you want.
There are many reasons why attaching a lanyard to your knife is a logical idea. There are many salient reasons why you should have a knife lanyard, but the best ones are that it increases safety and allows you to turn it into many useful tools.
Safety Reasons for Attaching a Lanyard to Your Knife
When you use it regularly, you will find that attaching a lanyard to your knife provides a variety of safety benefits, including:
- When you use your knife in wet or slippery conditions, you can prevent your hand from running across the blade in case it accidentally slips off from the handle by securing the cord around your wrist.
- Attaching the cord to your sheath can give you extra security when you are climbing or carrying it on water. If the blade comes loose, the cordage will prevent it from sinking or falling.
- You can get extra visibility when you add a fluorescent piece of cordage. It will also make it easier to find your knife in case you drop or lose it.
- When clearing bush, they can keep heavy choppers from flying out of your hand.
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Steps to Make a Knife Lanyard
You can make a knife lanyard using paracord. You will need:
- Measuring tape
- Paracord – 1 foot for every inch of lanyard
- Paracord of another color – optional
First off, you need to know what colors you want to use and also how long you want the lanyard to be. For every measurable inch, you will need 1 foot of material, i.e. a 4-inch lanyard will require a 4-foot paracord.
Step 1: Put cords through the hole
The first step is to put the cord through the hole. Cut your paracord to the length you want and then thread the cord through the knife hole.
Step 2: Loop the cords
The next step is to loop the cord. First, find the center of both the cords and loop the first cord over the second one.
Step 3: Cross a pair of cords
Pull the first cord’s second side over the first loop and then through the second one. This means that you need to take one side of the first cord and place it on top of the first loop and then inside the second loop. It should be on the same side of the knife as the other end of the first cord.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 for the other side
Repeat the previous step with the first cord’s other side. This means that both ends of the cord are on opposite sides of the knife.
Step 5: Tighten the base
Tighten all four strings. Make sure that you do this properly as this will be the base for the rest of your lanyard.
Step 6: The loop
Now, loop the second cord and thread both ends of the first cord again. This basically means that you are repeating steps 1 through 5 again on the other string. Keep repeating the process until you have the length you desire.
Step 7: Leave the last thread loose
The next step is to repeat the loops to finish it off. However, do not tighten them.
Step 8: Thread any excess cord through the middle
There will be cords that protrude. What you need to do now is thread one side of these protruding cords and thread them across and up through the middle of the knot.
Step 9: Finish the ending
Repeat on all four sides and tighten slowly. Guide the knot towards the lanyard as close as possible. When it is tight enough, cut the cord that is remaining. You can burn the ends of the paracord with the lighter to make sure that there are no frays.
You can use this lanyard for a number of different tools, such as knives, balisong, machetes, and anything else that you want to make sure you do not lose.
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Uses of a Paracord Lanyard
You can use your paracord lanyard to make a variety of useful survival tools. When you have a lanyard attached to your knife, you can use that piece of cordage to convert your knife into a spear, or a make-shift axe-tool or a machete. The hole in your knife and the paracord that is in your lanyard can help in securely attaching your knife to a thick branch, thereby turning your knife into an extended cutting tool or a hunting spear.
Types of Paracord Lanyard Patterns
There are many different paracord knot styles that you can use to make your knife lanyard. Here is a look at some of them:
- Simple Paracord Lanyard – This is a basic lanyard pattern that is easy to make. It not only works well for knives but also for other items such as a USB drive.
- Braid Paracord Lanyard – With so many paracords available, you can create an excellent paracord survival lanyard. Braid lanyards look awesome and are highly functional in survival or emergency situations.
- Cobra-Stitch Paracord Lanyard – Cobra-stitch lanyards are secure and a poignant choice for any tool. You can use 550 paracord and tie a buckle to the end.
- Round Paracord Lanyard – This is an aesthetically pleasing lanyard that you can use as a keychain as well. Simple and easy to create, this is another profound option, especially if you are looking for a basic lanyard pattern.
- Duck Call Paracord Lanyard – This is a braided paracord lanyard with three separate cords. It is often used by avid hunters to keep track of calls. You can also use a bit of cobra-stitch with the braided knot style.
- Spool Knot Paracord Lanyard – This is another great-looking paracord lanyard that is excellent for any tool or device, whether it is a USB drive or a knife or a machete.
Lanyards are not only used for knives. You can also use them as an accessory – bracelet, necklace, etc. You can place feathers, beads, or other decorative items on your lanyard before you tie up the two split ends. This allows you to personalize your paracord lanyard and make it look as pretty as you want.
Safety Tips While Using a Knife
- Always remember to be cautious when you are working with a knife. It is important to make sure that your knife is in a sheath or that it is closed while you are attaching the lanyard to your knife.
- When you are cutting, make sure that your knife is always pointed away from you. Also, ensure that there are no body parts in the cutting path. Make sure that other people are a safe distance away from you as well.
- Utility or survival knives are best when they are sharp. They are easier to operate and much safer to use.
- Use knives for their intended purpose. If you do not use your knife in a way that they were designed for or on the wrong material, it will result in damage to the blade and may cause injury to yourself or others.
- Never try to stop a falling knife, even a safety one, with your hand or foot. You risk serious injury. Let it fall to the ground rather than trying to grab it while it is falling.
- You should make sure to dispose of rusty or dull knives in a blade disposal container. You should never dispose of loose blades in the garbage or leave them in a place where they could injure an unsuspecting person.
- Always be alert and pay attention to the task at hand when you are using a knife. You should not be distracted or take your eyes off what you are doing.
- When you store your knife away, make sure that it is in its sheath or closed. Also, do not store it loose in a drawer, etc. Not only will this damage the blade, but it can also be extremely dangerous when you reach in. Also, make sure that you always store your knife blade side down.
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As you can see, making a lanyard for your knife is a fantastic idea. It makes the tool safer when you use it and gives you the convenience of being able to attach it to your bag, belt, etc. Knife lanyards are easy to do so if you have a survival knife in your bug-out bag, make sure that you make a paracord lanyard for it and make it as safe as possible.
These were but a few of our pointers on making a knife lanyard. Have you ever made one and would like to share some quick tips to make a lanyard for your knife? Please leave your comments below!