Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lazy Sunday in May...

This lazy Sunday afternoon's right front pocket edc(everyday carry) is a Wenger Commander Swiss Army Knife with an orange paracord wrist lanyard.

For this lanyard, I added a flamed titanium lanyard bead and tied "The Crown and Diamond", which is shown in 'The Ashley Book of Knots' as knot #784.

WhyKnot recently uploaded a tutorial for this knot on his YouTube channel, mentioning the diagram in Ashley's book is incorrect, as there are a few errors sprinkled throughout Ashley's book, some noted in this IGKT forums thread(International Guild of Knot Tyers).

I uploaded two photos showing both sides of the knot, which look the same.  I finish the ends of the paracord by pulling out about 1/4" worth of the inner strands, trim those with scissors, pull the outer sheath back down, then a quick heating/melting  of each end with my lighter and crimping flat with my hemostats.




 

I'm an Amazon affiliate, so 'Thank You!' to those that shop there through my links, since I receive a small commission from sales through those links posted in my blog.

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 stiched paracord handle that I worked with Mochibrand on for the design.

 Stormdrane x Mochibrand Drawstring Backpack Venom

Friday, April 29, 2016

Swiss Chocolate Brown...

Trying to catch up with several ongoing projects from the last couple of months...  Swiss Bianco sent me one of the new Limited Edition Victorinox Harvester Swiss Army Knives with Swiss Chocolate Brown Alox scales.  A nice addition for any knife collection or edc use.  I hope to visit with Roger at his booth again this year at the Blade Show in Atlanta this June.





A few more spool knit lanyards for ID badges/wallet leash/keychain tether/knife/multitool/gadget retention, using #95/Type I size paracord, that I tied with some of the skull beads Schmuckatelli Co. had sent me, using the Spartan, Sabertooth, and Mini Jester skull beads.

For this size cordage, I like the pins/nails on the spool set between 3/4" to 7/8" for a pattern that's not too tight and stiff and not too loose to easily snag and get individual loops pulled out of sorts.  You really have to experiment to see what you like best as cord and spool variables give different final results.

For the two-peg spool knit lanyards shown, working directly from a long hank or spool of paracord that I know has at least 35 feet or so left (to be on the safe side), I fed two feet of cord through the spool, knitted a 36 inch length for the neck section, measure out two more feet of cord after that and then cut that working end.

I bring the start and end sections together and slide on a split ring for attachment (you can use a carabiner or swivel clip, etc.) over the two end strands, and set it at two inches from the end of the knitted sections, then tie a Solomon bar/cobra stitch/Portuguese sinnet back up to the knitted ends, and then the double Solomon bar/king cobra stitch back down to the split ring, and tuck/pull the working ends under the knot work with hemostats/marlinspike, and finally trim off any excess to finish.















And an upcoming blog post will show some projects done with some new County Comm items they'd recently sent me to play with, including the Ultimate EDC Capsule, Titanium Peanut Lighter XL, and the A/B Cache Dual Compartment Capsule, with a hank of International Orange paracord.  




I'm an Amazon affiliate, so 'Thank You!' to those that shop there through my links, since I receive a small commission from sales through those links posted in my blog.

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 stiched paracord handle that I worked with Mochibrand on for the design.  I believe the regular sized versions are now 'out of stock' but there are still some 'Slim' sized ones still available.
 Stormdrane x Mochibrand Drawstring Backpack Venom
I'm also working with the folks at Kitables, that are currently offering a kit with supplies to put together a watchband project by following one of my instructables, and I'll earn a small percentage from the sale of each kit.
                                                 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cutout Cross Shield Pendant with Sailors Cross Knot

I used some 0.9mm cord to tie a Sailor's Cross Knot around the cross of this cutout shield pendant.

The red color of the cord was a bit light after tying with it, so I touched it up with a red sharpie marker.

I replaced the ball chain necklace that came with the pendant with navy blue paracord.  Can't decide if I like the pendant better as an edc necklace or keychain fob...

For those that find tying the two bight cross to be fairly easy, might want to try a more challenging one from 'The Ashley Book of Knots", #1397.  Chris Benco made a tutorial for it that Vince Brennan shared on the Frayed Knot Arts website.  Enjoy!



I'm an Amazon affiliate, so 'Thank You!' to those that shop there through my links, since I receive a small commission from sales through those links posted in my blog.

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 stiched paracord handle that I worked with Mochibrand on for the design.
 Stormdrane x Mochibrand Drawstring Backpack Venom
I've also started working with the folks at Kitables, that are currently offering a kit with supplies to put together a watchband project by following one of my instructables, and I'll earn a small percentage from the sale of each kit.
                                                 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Winner winner, chicken dinner!

I received the Lumintop Worm flashlight that I won last month in a Facebook giveaway that I'd entered in January(there were 30 winners). 

I added six Spanish ring knots to the grooves around the body of the AAA LED light, using black 0.9mm cord.

The small Kelty Cache Box was earned for visiting a website daily to build enough points to pick among selected items, and I should have a Zippo lighter coming my way soon too.  I definitely need to replace the cheap string zipper pulls that are shown attached to the box with something nicer.  I also received a leather keyring fob from the same source and found a scrap length of glow rope long enough to tie a gaucho knot around it.



I'm an Amazon affiliate, so 'Thank You!' to those that shop there through my links, since I receive a small commission from sales through those links posted in my blog.

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 stiched paracord handle that I worked with Mochibrand on for the design.
 Stormdrane x Mochibrand Drawstring Backpack Venom
I've also started working with the folks at Kitables, that are currently offering a kit with supplies to put together a watchband project by following one of my instructables, and I'll earn a small percentage from the sale of each kit.
                                                 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The taxman cometh ~ Round 3 ebay auctions

Another round of ebay auctions go live tonight, March 23, 2016, at 7PM PT/10PM EST, run for 5 days, starting bids $0.99, no reserve, free shipping(U.S. only).  Some items are from previous blog posts and may have various Schmuckatelli Co. lanyard beads and one has a couple of Jig Pro Shop cinch sleeve beads.



The last batch of auction items ended this past Sunday, and all but two folks had paid and packages were mailed out before noon on Monday.  Still waiting for one last buyer to respond, and send payment so I can mail out their package...



Stormdrane x Mochibrand Drawstring Backpack VenomI'm an Amazon affiliate, so I receive a small percentage of sales from the links in my blog, so thank you to those that use them to buy things from Amazon.  The limited edition VENOM RED & VENOM mochi drawstring backpacks with Stormdrane logo are still available from Mochibrand, so check 'em out if you need a bag/backpack for edc (everyday carry).

Link for current auctions I have running on ebay, because I need funds to pay taxes and the healthcare penalty/fine on top of that. For friends and family that don't want to bid on anything but still would like to help out and have more money than they know what to do with, you can send me some here, and it will be very much appreciated!  Thanks! :)

I've also started working with the folks at Kitables, that are currently offering a kit with supplies to put together a watchband project by following one of my instructables, and I'll earn a small percentage from the sale of each kit.
                                                 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Paracord Toggle Knot Lanyard/Fob, ABoK #615

Schmuckatelli Co. recently sent me a few more beads to play with, including this pewter Jester skull bead.  I've added it to a toggle knot, which is #615 in ABoK (The Ashley Book of Knots), based on an 8 lead 3 bight Turk's head knot.

I tied it with camo green paracord. The knot works nicely as a zipper pull or bracelet loop/closure as well as a lanyard/fob as shown with one of my Wenger pocket knives.



If you don't have a copy of ABoK to learn from, there are at least a couple of YouTube videos on tying the knot, like this link for one, and the first of another in three parts.  And a link for a photo sequence tutorial.

Also shown is a neon green paracord sliding toggle knot on a black paracord wrist lanyard that I tied, with a couple of Mini Jester Beads on the end strands of the lanyard.  The toggle knot can be slid up/down the loop to tighten the lanyard around the wrist.


Stormdrane x Mochibrand Drawstring Backpack VenomI'm an Amazon affiliate, so I receive a small percentage of sales from the links in my blog, so thank you to those that use them to buy things from Amazon.  The limited edition VENOM RED mochi drawstring backpack with Stormdrane logo is still available from Mochibrand, so check it out if you need a bag/backpack for edc (everyday carry).

Link for current auctions I have running on ebay, because I need funds to pay taxes and the healthcare penalty/fine on top of that. For friends and family that don't want to bid on anything but still would like to help out and have more money than they know what to do with, you can send me some here, and it will be very much appreciated!  Thanks! :)