Friday, August 26, 2016

A light and a capsule

County Comm recently sent me a couple of their new items to try out.  There's the Maratac Peanut LED Stainless Steel Flashlight,, and an Aluminum Anodized UEDC Capsule.

The little flashlight has a small groove in the body of the light and I tied/untied a number of different knots, trying to find one that fit just right, using 0.9mm and 1.4mm sized cord, and finally went with a gaucho knot.

The Peanut is small and light enough to wear like a pendant on a ball chain necklace, and is unobtrusive on a keyring/keychain as well.

The capsule is sized like the delrin version I received a while back, but this one being aluminum it is a little heavier and feels like it would protect on another level whatever you intended to put in it.

I'll probably load it up like the last one with a variety of edc paraphernalia.  I didn't want to cover up the nice green anodized color, so I just tied a paracord lanyard for it, with navy blue and orange cord, with a long two-bight turk's head (145 lead 2 bight I think), for a lanyard that's under three feet long, where I can extend a tool/wallet/flashlight/keychain out away from my body while it's still attached.  It fits a couple of paracord pouches I already have made, but I may tie another up just for the capsule.

I've done a couple of videos demonstrating two-bight TH knots, a short lanyard version and the start of the long 4 bight TH.  I started this lanyard on a rifle cleaning rod before moving it off and working the doubled up length of navy blue through it, then tightened it up with the spaced out pattern.


I spaced out the knot work just a bit so the navy blue underneath is visible, using a blue strand that was about 8 feet long to start with, trimming off a foot or so when finished, and had used a 30 foot length of gutted orange paracord to start since I wasn't sure what I was going to tie at first.  I think I had used a little over half of it by the time I finished tightening up the knot work.

A friend had given me that swivel clip a few years ago, and I found it in the bottom of the gadget drawer when I went looking for an attachment to use with the lanyard.  Serving suggestion shown with my multitool, and pocket knife, and I may end up using it with my edc keychain.  Football season will be kicking off soon, so War Eagle!




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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Breaking the drought...

First hard cider purchase of 2016, Original Sin, from the local Eagle's Landing Bottle Shoppe.

The neoprene bottle sleeve/koozie was an online contest prize that I won, and it even has a built in bottle opener.  The zipper has a ring type pull, and instead of cutting it off and adding a paracord pull, like a crown sinnet, I left it on and did some ringbolt hitching with a few feet of red 0.9mm string.

The hitching needs a brush on coat of krazy/super glue to keep it from twisting from handling over the smooth metal ring though.

There's a couple of raised sections on the bottom part of the ring that could probably be filed down flush with the rest of the ring, but I just left it alone, working the cord around it.

On a side note, I'd watched Hinterland on Netflix months ago, and the main character often wore a jacket with a similar zipper pull, and every time I saw it on screen, I couldn't help but think it needed some knot work on it, lol...

I used my Leatherman Brewzer one-piece multitool to lift the bottle caps.

Held firmly, it only takes a single pull to remove the caps, so thumbs up on bottle opener function, and it works well also as a prybar, fingernail cleaner and standard screwdriver, kept on my edc keychain.  It replaced the Gerber Shard that had been there for a while previously, also a decent keychain edc. 

I'd added a gaucho knot variation with 0.9mm cord a few years ago after I purchased the tool, and it's starting to look worn, but I figure I'll just leave it alone until it frays and starts coming apart before I decide if I'll add another...





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Monday, July 11, 2016

Watcha wearing...

Several of the forums I'm a member of have a 'Watcha wearing' related thread where members show and/or discuss their new or old watches and watchbands, from the inexpensive basic favorites up to the kind that cost more than some cars.

All of mine are definitely on the lower end as far as price range, lol, but they keep time and work fine for me.
I occasionally use some paracord knot work for my own personalized watchbands as shown in several past blog posts.

I still have most of the ones I've made and still switch them out with the handful of watches that I wear.  I've worn these woven variations, that I made over six years ago, with a couple of watches this past week...



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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Checkered Headhunter Knot

I tied a Checkered Headhunter Knot for a decorative grip around the body of the ULTIMATE EDC CAPSULE, a waterproof Delrin® storage container, that County Comm provided to me in a care package.

Like the previous couple of blog posts that I've shared this week, Checkered Pineapple Knot and Checkered Herringbone Knot, I followed the diagrams in Tom Hall's book, 'Introduction to Turk's Head Knots', to learn the pattern for the Checkered Headhunter knot, which starts with a 5 lead 4 bight Turk's head knot (also the base starte for the gaucho knot).

I used international orange paracord and 3/32" neon green with black tracer tether cord, both received from County Comm, for this project.  I started by tying the 5 lead 4 bight TH with the paracord, which I then raised/expanded into a 7 lead 6 bight knot.  Then I used the tether cord to work in the headhunter pattern, keeping everything straight and lined up, and gradually tightened it down, trimming and tucking the ends to finish.

I had started with 10 foot long lengths of each cord when I started, but only ended up using around six or so feet of each after tightening.  I'd thought I might raise/expand the 7 x 6 to a 9 x 8, but went with the slimmer wrap even though there was room for the larger knot.

The screw on cap of the capsule has a lanyard hole, so I used a leftover strand of the orange paracord, gutted (inner strands removed) to make an attachment fob, adding a Jester skull bead that Schmuckatelli Co. had sent me a few months ago, tying a two-strand footrope knot at the base of the lanyard bead.  I used a remnant strand of the tether cord to tie a simple Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet between the lanyard hole and the pewter bead, trimming the end strands with scissors and neatly melting the ends in place with my wood burning tool.

The Checkered Headhunter knot stays in place by friction alone, but you could make it more secure by first wrapping a strip of X-Treme Tape (self-fusing silicone tape) around the capsule body first, and it's certainly grippy enough to stay put and insure the tightened knot work done over it stays where intended.


I added some items to my capsule to provide for a variety of common possible edc needs that might come up.  A few leftovers from an MRE package included salt/pepper, sugar, instant coffee, and a wet nap.  I also added several bandaids, a couple of alcohol wipes, ibuprofen tablets, a whistle/storage capsule with a bunch of 81mg aspirin or a tightly rolled bill of cash might also fit, a titanium widgy bar, Maratac AAA LED flashlight, a firesteel, Companion Compass, and a Victorinox Waiter Swiss Army Knife with micro screwdriver fit into the corkscrew.

You might carry your stocked capsule in a backpack, glove compartment, tackle box, storage tote, or fanny pack.

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Checkered Herringbone Knot

Another item that County Comm sent me in the last care package was the A/B Cache (Dual Compartment Capsule in Titanium).

Like my previous blog post, I followed instructions from Tom Hall's book, 'Introduction to Turk's Head Knots', this time for a Checkered Herringbone knot.  I think it's a nice book to have for anyone seriously interested in learning more on tying Turk's head knots and their variations.

I used black 0.9mm cord to start off tying a 5 lead 4 bight Turk's head knot around the capsule(also shown in my gaucho knot video tutorial, a common base knot for many variations).  I then raised/expanded that to a 7 lead 6 bight knot, then again to a 9 lead 8 bight knot.

The expanded knots sometimes get skewed at an angle on me, so I keep enough slack to straighten them out a bit and from there I worked in the checkered herringbone knot pattern with red 0.9mm string.

With some patience and gradual tightening, trying to keep the knot crossings straight and lined up, I completed this project while watching some Netflix, but I'll probably have to go back and re-watch a couple of episodes(Scream ~ Season 1) since the knot work required attention to detail, lol...

I had started with a measured out three foot long lengths of cord, for both the black and red strands, and after tightening probably had around a foot left over of each to trim off.

This titanium capsule has enough room for me to get about five Benadryl tablets in one end and four regular 325mg aspirin in the other, and the installed o-rings keep out any moisture.

Since some folks will ask about the other kechain items, so also on the edc (everyday carry) keyring are a red alox Victorinox CadetARC-P LED flashlight, USB key flash drive, on a covered cable key ring, attached to a Nissan logo leather key/change clip wallet I'd bought a few years ago, ebay I think.

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If you need an edc backpack, check out the limited edition VENOM and VENOM RED mochi drawstring backpacks with Stormdrane logo, which I receive a percentage of sales from, each having a stitched paracord handle that I worked with Mochibrand on for the design.