In a previous post, I described why a lanyard can be useful, and how to make an easy knife lanyard. It was pretty easy, but did either need a paracord ‘fid’ or rather more effort without a fid. I’ve come across another version of this lanyard, which does not use a fid at all.
If you don’t have a fid, this might be an acceptable alternative to the first methodology. Review the previous post (link below) as the two versions are fairly similar.
Start with 36″ of paracord and thread 1/3 of the cord through the lanyard loop and fold it back against the other end. Tie a knot in the short end just as a marker. Pull on the long end until the bend next to the knot on the short end is 3/4 of the way along the short end, and then lay the long end across the short end at the 1/2 way point. Start wrapping the long end around the 3 strands towards the knot, completing at least 8 complete wraps. Feed the end you have been wrapping through the loop and then pull on the loop to tighten the bottom coil. Then pull on the strand between the wrap and the knife to tighten the loop as firmly as you can down on the end which you fed through the loop. Tighten the coils as needed. Trim the end sticking out of the tightened loop, leaving 1/2″ to 3/4″ and burn to keep it from unraveling.
See the previous article for how to size and finish the lanyard.
- Easy Knife Lanyard (equippedcat.wordpress.com)