Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How to cordwrap a knife hilt.....

This is a relatively simple procedure you can use to make your knives more grippy.
All you need is about five feet of paracord, some scissors, a lighter, and a knife that you want to wrap. You may want to gut the cord ahead of time to flatten it, some people prefer it this way, others don't. It's a matter of personal preference really.
  • You take the cord and make an open-ended loop, which you lay along the handle with a short length (about a finger long) protruding from the pommel-end.
  • Then you wrap around both the handle and the loop you've made, really tightly. When I say tight, I mean tight. You need to wrench that cord down so tight your knuckles bleed.
  • When you get to the end, you just feed the remaining length down through the loop, which should be sticking out a tiny bit. Pull it tight, then grab the finger's length of cord protruding from the pommel-end and pull hard. You might need to use a multitool or pliers and a vise to budge it. You don't want to pull it all the way through, just enough to cinch it down tight so it won't unwrap itself.
  • To finish it, snip and fuse (melt) the remaining lengths on both ends, and for good measure you may want to soak the wrapped knife in a bucket of hot water to shrink the cord.
A pic of the procedure....

Voila! All done. You've now got a nicely grippy knife, fit for all environmental conditions. No longer will you have to worry about your knife slipping and cutting you should it be wet or bloody, and it will be nice and warm in the wintertime.

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