Friday, July 03, 2015

Schmuckatelli Co. Giveaway Hosted by MrCoop

See the MrCoop YouTube video page for information on the 'Schmuckatelli Co. Epic Giveaway', and rules on how to enter also on the Schmuckatelli Co. Facebook page.  Lots of cool beads in different finishes to win for paracord projects and whatnot, and the Limited Edition Cape Buffalo Leather Wallet that goes to the first place winner looks awesome too!

Runs From From 6/30/15 to 7/14/15
 To enter for a chance to win:
1. Go here:
2. Find the picture that was posted that says "Epic Giveaway"
3. Share, Like & Comment on the post pinned on Schmuckatelli's Facebook like page..

Here is some more info from MrCoop's  video page, found underneath the video home page. ;)

Watch Schmuckatelli's FB page for the announcement of the winners.
$477.80 in Retail Prizes!!

1st Place
1x Vinnie Garoon 18K Antique Gold Plated, 1x Vinnie Garoon Antique Rhodium Plated, 1x Vinnie Garoon Pewter, 1x Vinnie Garoon Black Ox, 1x Spartan 18K Antique Gold Plated, 1x Spartan Antique Rhodium Plated, 1x Spartan Black Ox, 1x Spartan Pewter, 1x Sabretooth 18K Antique Gold Plated, 1x Sabretooth Antique Rhodium Plated, 1x Sabretooth Pewter, 1x Sabretooth Black Ox, 1x Limited Edition Cape Buffalo Leather Wallet

2nd Place
1x Vinnie Garoon 18K Antique Gold Plated, 1x Vinnie Garoon Antique Rhodium Plated, 3x Vinnie Garoon Pewter, 3x Vinnie Garoon Black Ox, 1x Spartan 18K Antique Gold Plated, 1x Spartan Antique Rhodium Plated, 3x Spartan Black Ox, 3x Spartan Pewter, 1x Sabretooth 18K Antique Gold Plated, 1x Sabretooth Antique Rhodium Plated, 3x Sabretooth Pewter, 3x Sabretooth Black Ox

3rd Place
2x Vinnie Garoon Pewter, 2x Vinnie Garoon Black Ox, 2x Spartan Black Ox, 2x Spartan Pewter, 2x Sabretooth Pewter, 2x Sabretooth Black Ox

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Some Knot Work for Father's Day...

I bought a compact hand truck, that folds up, for my pa for Father's Day to keep in his vehicle, and added some simple knot work to the frame.

I tied several gaucho knots with navy blue paracord and coiled orange paracord up between the those knots on the center rails of the hand truck frame.

Pa's a disabled veteran, and with back issues cannot lift or carry anything heavy anymore, so this hand truck with a 150lb load limit might help him with moving things from his vehicle back and forth with food pantry items at the church, and with the coolers they use to keep food cold/warm that they give out with the homeless ministry.

I used about 10 feet of a single strand of navy blue paracord on each side tying the gaucho knots, and about an 8 foot single strand of the orange paracord on each side.

First I wrapped some extreme tape around both sides of the hand truck frame rails where I intended to do the knot work, so that the tightened paracord would have a secure grip over the smooth aluminum frame and not twist or slide around.  Then I tied the first gaucho knot, with the orange strand underneath it, then tightened the gaucho.

Now with the secured orange strand I coiled it up around the frame rail and over the navy blue gaucho knot strand for the spacing I wanted and tied another gaucho, with the orange strand running underneath.

Again the orange strand was coiled up with the navy blue underneath, then a final gaucho with the orange end underneath, tighten and secured.  I trimmed the excess cord off from the start and finished ends, and tucked those to complete one side rail.

For the other side, I did the same, but mirrored the gauchos and wrap, meaning they were tied in the opposite direction, although most folks wouldn't notice details like that, just maybe some knot knuts, lol...  I didn't cover all of the center rail sections because there are a couple of holes where spring loaded pins pop out to secure the telescoping handle when it's extended and didn't want the wraps to interfere with those.

Also with the navy blue gauchos sitting a little taller around the rails than the orange cord, might mean any boxes and whatnot loaded on the hand truck will rest on the darker color paracord so the orange doesn't get dirtied up as much over time.

My hemostats came in handy holding the orange paracord in place as I tied the gaucho knots, and for this project I use the marlinspike that Russell from the JigProShop sent me earlier this year.  I rotate using the marlinspikes I have, including those from Rhino Ropework and BayouBug's Knots & Tools, and still grab my clay stylus for improvised marlinspike duty often as well.

My folks are both Auburn University graduates, so that's why the navy blue and orange colors were used.  War Eagle!

The Jig Pro Shop had recently sent me some of their knitting spools to test out, and so far I've made a couple of lanyards with the small spool, using navy blue 'Type I'/#95/1/16" cord for a two peg knit, and olive drab for a three peg knit.  The spool produced a nice tight knit for the lanyards and was easy to work with.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A two-strand wall sinnet paracord lanyard...

This video tutorial shows how to tie a two-strand wall knot sinnet paracord lanyard with a few beads provided by Schmuckatelli Co., featuring the new Sabertooth design.  Another example is shown with the new Spartan beads.  They can make nice wallet lanyards and also do well with retention of keychains, multitools, pocket knives, or other edc gadgets, gear, and gizmos.

I used 325 paracord which is slightly smaller in diameter than 550 paracord, and was easier to fit through the beads in the video demo.  I have pulled some ungutted 550 paracord through the beads, but it was a very tight fit, where gutted paracord was easier to get through.

There is a short demo of tying the 'snake knot' after the two-strand wall knot sinnet lanyard is finished.  Some folks call both a 'snake knot', I just learned them differently. ;)
 The black and red color 'licorice' pattern is 425 paracord.

The two-strand wall knot is knot #775 in 'The Ashley Book of Knots' (ABoK page 140).

A limited production piece of  Pro-Tech's Half Breed Auto knife with Schmuckatelli Co.'s skull logo image done in damascus steel and a cool mosaic pin for the open/unlock button.

The VENOM mochi by Stormdrane is currently showing as 'Sold Out', but Mochibrand still has many other models to choose from and there's currently a Kickstarter campaign for a new updated/upgraded version of their drawstring backpack underway. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A paracord camera strap...

I finished this paracord camera strap this morning.  After every so many two strand wall knots being tightened, my hands/fingers would cramp up a bit, so this took a lot of start and stop tying in between other knotty projects that I'm currently working on.  

The strap ended up being 50 inches long stretched out; instead of the intended 48 inch length, and my guesstimate of 70 feet to start with left me with two ends to trim, one 6.5 inches long and the other strand 8 inches. I got lucky with that guess, why can't I pick good lottery numbers like that, lol...   With the exception of the gaucho knots, the method of making this strap is not much different than my instructable from 2007.

Moss green paracord camera strap of two-strand wall knots, without the extra turn of the 'snake' knot, and gaucho knots on each end. I ended up using over 68 feet of a single strand of cord. Two 12mm (around 1/2 inch) split rings are on each end for attachment purposes.

The one end is sitting kinda low in the wall knot, so I'll run a marlin spike under it to pop it back out a bit.

The nature of this knot tied around a couple of core strands lets the end user twist the strap one way to make it straightened along the length of the strap, or twisted in the opposite direction down the length for a more twisted look. It naturally wants to twist anyway, like a rope, but I think I personally prefer the more straightened out look...

And shown attached to my binoculars for now, since I don't have a DSLR(maybe one day...) 

Another project that has been in the works is adding some spare paracord to a lightweight AR15 stock for a friend, with woodland camo and black cord.  Hopefully I'll have a good final wrap to hand over to Roger and hang out at the SwissBianco booth(#720) at the BladeShow on Friday.  If you have any interest in knives, the show is worth the trip. ;)

I finally tried knot tying friend Manuel Zambrano's, 'Manny's Method', for joining the two colors of cord.  I usually just tuck one strand in the other and sew them together, which has worked just fine for me for years, but I eventually get around to trying new things too, lol..  

So far I've tried a few simple common ties, including the cobra stitch/Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet, king cobra/doubled Solomon bar, and the twisted Solomon.  

Those tested adding around six to twelve feet of cord that can be untied and re-purposed if needed, for simple thing like replacing a broken shoe/boot lace, a temporary fix to a broken backpack strap, a garrote for zombies when the rifle runs out of ammo, so forth and so on...  I'll probably try a Turk's head knot or variation as well to see how much cord that'll add, to look cool on the rifle and be useful too.

Here's a long two bight Turk's head knot( 13 lead/part 2 bight), tripled with two passes of woodland camo and one pass of black paracord between them.  I ran the excess camo cord back and forth under the knot before tightening, but ran into a problem with a few excess inches of cord leaving a short loop to hide underneath the now too tight knot, lol... Will untie and try again. ;) 


Another two bight Turk's head, this time with the black cord added in for the pineapple knot interweave.

And a coiled wrap version holding around 17+ feet of paracord, half woodland camo and half black.  This one is also probably the fastest to unravel if the cord is needed and won't leave a lot of kinks in the cord from previously being knotted up which includes quick release type/zipper sinnet knots, which might create weak points along the strand reducing its strength/durability, when compared to new cord that hasn't been exposed to water, sweat, salt, dirt and friction wear, if it does need to be reused.  The coil may also be more susceptible to being pulled out of sorts by branches or other pointy objects it might get caught on that the knotted versions may not be affected by...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

'Heel Lock' or 'Lace Lock' your shoelaces...

I came across a Popular Mechanics article with a video tip showing how to prevent running shoe blisters with a "Heel Lock" or "Lace Lock".

With the huge variety of paracord colors and patterns available today, lots of folks have used it to personalize their footwear and replace weak and flimsy shoelaces with a much stronger and durable paracord option.

You might try some patterns from Ian's Shoelace Site, like shown in a previous blog post, and give the "Lace Lock" a try to finish up the top end of your sneakers.

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