Introduction: How I Wrapped My Knife Handle With Twine

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Materials

Twine

Clothing dye (optional)

Epoxy

Tape

Toothpicks

Utility knife

Spray varnish

 

1. For this knife I colored the white nylon twine.  I measured the amount of twine I needed, and burnt the ends to stop I from unraveling.

 

2. I then boiled water in a stainless steel pot and stirred in my clothing dye until I got the color I wanted, dropped in the twine and let it simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

 

3. I strained the twine in a colander, and rinsed it starting with warm water slowly decreasing the rise until I was only using cold water, until no more dye was bleeding.

 

4. I washed the twine in dish liquid, rinsed it and let it dry.

 

Now to wrap the handle.

 

1. I glued the string in place on the bottom side of the handle ( where I wanted it to start) with epoxy and taped it in place until the glue set.

 

2. Trim off the end of the twine with a utility knife (it will not unravel because of the glue)

 

3. Start wrapping the handle keep it tight as you go, and occasionally pushing the twine tight against the previous wrap so you cannot see any of the wood. (It helps if you color the handle the same color of the twine to make the wood less obvious).

 

4. Once you reach where you want the wrapping to stop, tape it in place, and mix up more epoxy. Using a tooth pick glue the end of the twine down.

 

5. When the glue sets, trim of the end with your utility knife.

 

6. Use spray varnish  and coat the twine with a couple of coats and your finished.

Comments

Angus MacGyver (author)2014-02-28

I've been looking for a way to put handles on some small tools. This is brilliant. Way easier than acrylic or wool, and it has a nice 'carbon-fiber' look.

For durability, I would have used epoxy along the whole handle (a wear point will unravel the whole deal, at least as I read the instructions) Either by laying a thin layer of epoxy before laying down the twine, or after and squeegying it like you would fiber-glass. The former if careful would be less messy.

Regardless, it's a great idea. I've got some kevlar twine that's gonna be a handle soon. It's very abrasion resistent so I'll only need a few points of epoxy for reinforcement. Thanks for the inspiration.

WazIt (author)Angus MacGyver2014-03-02

Thanks...you are welcome

Bobblehead Einstein (author)2013-08-14

Dude you have amazing Knife designing and making skills. Definately among my Top 5 favourite knives here.
So btw what did you name this knife as?

Thank you I called the knife 灰狗(greyhound), It is my 36th knife.

Wow 36th...well that is some serious dedication toward's knife making.

yea it helps me keep my sanity, and I am learning as I go, maybe someday someone will want to buy some, to help feed my hobby

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