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Double-perfect Whipped Paracord Staff Hand-grip

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Whipping is the traditional way of binding the end of a rope to prevent it fraying.  Synthetic cords can be melted, but natural fibres need whipping, and melting is ugly.

Whipping can also be used to create hand-grips on walking sticks.


This is my own variation on a method known as "perfect whipping".  As far as I am aware, this is unique.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The exact amount of paracord you need depends on the length of the grip you want, and the diameter of the stick you are using.

I used about three metres each of 2mm and 4mm cords.

The only tools you need to do the actual whipping are your hands, and a pair of pliers with a slightly-serrated face.




Step 2: Starting

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Arrange both pieces of paracord side-by side.

Leaving about 15-20cm of paracord below where you want the grip to start, lay both cords up the stick, make a bight (loop) just above the point where you plan the grip to stop, and bring the working end back down to the bottom of the grip.

Look at the photos: notice that the cords have not yet crossed.

Because you are using two cords at one, you will definitely find it much easier if you tape the starting bight into place on the stick.

Step 3: Wrapping.

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Use the thumb of one hand to anchor the two cords as you make them turn 90°, passing over the cord that is already laying along the stick.

Whether you find it easier to use one hand to align the cords, and the other to turn the stick, or hold the stick steady while you wrap the cords, there are two things to remember:
  • Do not allow the two cords to twist over each other.
  • Keep it as tight as you possibly can.
Keep wrapping to the top of the grip, making sure that each turn around the stick stays snug against the previous turn.

Using two thicknesses of cord, this will give an evenly-ridged grip to your stick.

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Johanvr3 months ago
Thank you sir, just what I was looking for.
Kiteman (author)  Johanvr3 months ago

Cool - maybe you could post pictures of how it turns out?

Johanvr Kiteman3 months ago

I went to a few outdoor stores in my area, but none of them sell Paracord, except for a "survival bracelet", which is 3m in length.
Checked on amazon, but Paracord doesn't ship to South Africa.
So I was stuck buying 3 of those survival bracelets.
I tried to use the 3 cords next to each other, but I couldn't maintain a tight wrap all the way up the handle.
I used sandpaper to sink the area of the handle into the staff, which I hope will aid in preventing the Paracord from sliding down the staff.
So for my first attempt, I tied them end-to-end.
This worked, apart from the unsightly knots (see picture), which will probably come undone over time.

The dimensions of the staff-handle:
width: 4cm
length: 15cm.
Needed approx 7m of Paracord.

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Kiteman (author)  Johanvr3 months ago

That looks cool - I like the idea of sanding the wood down to "inset" the cord.

It's a shame about the suppliers, though. Have you tried this one?

http://www.paracord-shop.eu/

Johanvr Kiteman3 months ago

Paracord-shop do indeed ship to SA.

Thanks for the info.

Kiteman (author)  Johanvr3 months ago

You're welcome - keep making stuff, and I'm looking forward to you sharing your own instructables.

vladivastok7 months ago

LOVE THE DOUBLE CHORD [ BIG & SMLL W DIFFERENT COLCR'S ] NEVER SAW THAT ADAPTATION TO AN ALLBRIGHT KNOT DONE THAT WAY. GOOD TO KNOW. THANK'S [ VLAD ]

Kiteman (author)  vladivastok7 months ago

Thanks.

canemaker492 years ago
this looks like something similar that the japanese use to bind the flutes they make. i like to use bamboo to make walking canes but bamboo cracks and that is a problem. i found this site i hope will help strengthen the bamboo. binding is tedious but very cool. nice job on the ible. i like it. here is the site:

http://www.navaching.com/shaku/binding.html
Kiteman (author)  canemaker492 years ago
Thank you for that link.
bigdan353 years ago
I love this. I've been thinking about doing something with a massive stick which I acquired a while back whilst walking through the wilderness (it was just too good and too good looking to leave there, all alone). I cannot wait to get my order of paracord through to do this.
Kiteman (author)  bigdan353 years ago
Cool - post a picture when it's done.
thebeef24 years ago
 Can you do this with a single cord or does it have to be double?
Kiteman (author)  thebeef24 years ago
Single cord is much more common - as far as I know, I'm the first to do it double.
Vick Jr5 years ago
I like how it looks, and how it implements a handle and strap in one. It's also very comfortable.

However, I did notice that if you twist it against the way it was wound, it will get looser.
Also, i am wondering if there's a way to make the strap tighten when pulled on, or to have no (visible) knots in the strap, and just have the string go in at the top and out at the bottom.
Oh, and is there any way to do something like this with only one piece of cord?

Kiteman (author)  Vick Jr5 years ago
One cord: yes.  Just use one cord...

I'm not sure about hiding the knots, unless you lay a loop of cord against the stick and hide the ends with the binding...?

Twisting - if you wrap it tight enough (pull hard so your fingers hurt) it shouldn't.
NachoMahma5 years ago
.  Great job! I really like how you used two different colo(u)red wires to illustrate the sheet bend. All the background clutter in the pictures is interesting but rather distracting.
That's not clutter! It's ambiance to inspire the creative mind. :)
Kiteman (author)  RadBear5 years ago
No, it's clutter.

Haha! That made me laugh a lot.

Kiteman (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
Is this better?
.  Dang! That's almost professional looking.Most excellent.
Kiteman (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
Er, thank you?
.  Er, you're welcome.
.  It was supposed to be a compliment - any DIYer that is doing a close-to-professional job must be doing things right.
Kiteman (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
I know - that was supposed to be humour.


.  As with a lot of British humor, that one went
Kiteman (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
And that's American humour - three seconds of noise, 15 seconds of applause.
.  ROFL  How else will those of us watching at home know when to laugh?
Kiteman (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
The wire photo is from an old Instructable.

You're right about the clutter - this was the first time in the shed for quite some time, and it had sort of accumulated junk over the Winter.  I need to get myself a new cutting mat, and spend a couple of hour clearing the shed out.
tevers945 years ago
there is a paracord contest, you should enter this
Kiteman (author)  tevers945 years ago
I have - I'm just waiting to be accepted.
same do you know how long it takes, because i entered one like 3-4 days ago but it says pending or something
Kiteman (author)  tevers945 years ago
Mine went in today, after being entered over the weekend - the staff need time off as well...
same with my key fob

Blainer5 years ago
 Thank you for posting this Kiteman.  It is particularly useful to me since I also make custom walking sticks with string wrapped handles.  I've been experimenting with different methods of wrapping and found a related method that I like.  Instead of wrapping straight on each course, I use a "half knot" on each one ( in other words, I pass the cord under itself then over for the next course).  Because this method puts tension on the cord in one direction, it results in a nice spiral pattern and has the additional advantage that if you stop you will not lose all tension on the cord.  Using this method on paracord might result in a knot that is too large, but it works well in smaller cords.  2 examples in photos.
I also like the way you have incorporated the retainer cord into the string wrap.
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Kiteman (author)  Blainer5 years ago
I tried something like the second wrap.  It worked, but the spiral proved to be uncomfortable.
Kryptonite5 years ago
Awesome piece of rope work!

I'm just curious for the benefits of the two ropes?
Kiteman (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
Mainly for the look, but also because (as far as I've been able to find) nobody else has done this.

If you ever see a two-cord wrap, check the publishing date...
Fair enough, nice job. I plan on enterring a usb related paracord entry. Also original!
JohnJY5 years ago
 Psst: click the link!
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