Thursday, February 28, 2008

Striderwrap your knife hilt.

Here's another of the many possible cordwrapping techniques available to make your knife grippier and warmer. This is my own tutorial on how to "Strider-wrap" your knives. You can find a (probably better) and downloadable tutorial on how to do it HERE.

OK, what you're going to need is some 550 cord of your favorite color, a pair of scissors (surgical scissors are my favorite), a lighter, a ruler to measure out about 10 to 15 feet of cord (depending on how long your handle is), and some duct tape. DO NOT neglect to tape up your edge! If you don't it's only your fault when you have an accident and cut yourself to shreds. It's best if you have a vise as well, to hold the knife in place while you're wrapping but I didn't so I just taped it. Be EXTREMELY careful. This is a more "forceful," less controllable method of cordwrapping so be forewarned that it's entirely possible that you may end up with a nice deep cut.

A pic of the needed materials (minus the duct tape):

Now take your cord (pre-cut) and double it up. Put the loop through the top hole in your knife handle (we're assuming you've got a knife with holes tapped through the tang). Then put the free ends through the third or fourth hole down, bring it up and make a lark's head knot through the loop. Pull it tight.

Now cut a separate piece of cord (about three to five feet), gut it, fuse the ends, and wrap it around where you just made a loop through the holes. Melt the ends once more when you're starting and finishing and press them against the adjacent cord to make them stay put.

Now take each end and wrap it around to the other side, give it a twist and a turn, pull both ends tight, and flip it over.

Do the same thing over and over, till you reach the end of your underwrappings, and then tie an overhand knot.

How you finish is your choice. You can pass the cord through the end hole and make a figure-eight knot, like so....

Or if you don't want it to have a tail, just tuck the ends under the last twisty turny and fuse them flat, making sure to cut them close so they don't chafe your hand while you're using your knife.

There you have it! It's ready for use. Be aware that if you're going to do this you may need to have a new sheath made to accommodate the extra bulk of the wrap.

Till next time,

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