If you don't, they're basically large diameter needles that thread from the back, parallel to the needle body, so they don't create extra thickness from threading them on large diameter stuff ( paracord, leather...).
Although not essential, they can make your knot related work much easier and enjoyable.
I thought these needles were gadgets, and have always been able to make all my fancy knots without such tools.
But I must admit that since I began using my first homemade needle, the hobby went even more enjoyable than it was before,
give 'em a try !
My problem is that where I leave ( France ) these are impossible to come by.
Buying them online was the obvious alternative I've considered for some time, but I would end up paying three times as much in shipping costs than I would for an actual set of these.
So this is where DIY kicks in.
There's nothing really complex about these, and if you have a slightly equipped shop, it should only be a matter of minutes. ( My first try probably took me 20-30 min, half the time being spent looking for the right tools.
But since I wasn't able to find any resource online concernig making them yourself, I decided I might just publish my own attempt at it so others could benefit from it.
( Actually I've found some instructions on making lacing needles by hammering and filing brass pipes, but did'nt like their aspect at all.Also, it limited sizing options too much for me .)
These are easy, cheap, and work awesomely well !
What are you waiting for ?
Oh, and there are also a couple other advantages in making them yourself:
- You can quickly make a new one for most sizes of cord, string or anything.
- You can make them the shape, the length, the size, and nose form you need.
- This includes curved ones for works on coverings etc...
I will be covering the making of a needle designed to fit standard 550 paracord in this Instructable.
Have fun !
Step 1: What you will need
You might get away with less tools and more ingenuity, but this is the "basic" toolset that will make the whole process a breeze.
- One brass rod , ( For 550 paracord, I used a 6mm rod, which seems to be just perfect )
- A drill press ( This might be the hardest to source for some of you, but it will allow you to drill a nice straight hole down the rod easyly.)
- A dremel tool for the cutting/finishing of the needle.
- Various cutting, grinding and polishing bits.
- A set of threading taps matching the diameter of your rod. For paracord and a 6mm rod, I used 4X0.70 mm taps.
- A drill bit, choose it accordingly to the kind of tap you're using. I used a 3.2 mm bit. It should have been 3.3, but that's close enough.
- Optionnally, a bench grinder
That's it !
If you choose alternative ways of construction, you might also find usefull to have:
- a hack saw
- sand paper
- a lathe ( this would surpass the whole drill press thing on any aspect, but most of you won't have the privilege of owning one, so I will describe the "poor man's" drill press way here, as they are way more common )
Once again, this is only one way of doing it.
Depending on your tools or skills you might find many more.