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 For this Instructable gonna wrap a handle on a custom camp axe that I made. This form of wrap could be used on any type of handle. A nice thing about this type of handle is that if needed you have however many feet of rope with your tool. Last summer I actually unwrapped a handle for rope (that I forgot) to hang my food in a tree. Sorry bears! 

 Paracord short for Parachute Cord is a lightweight nylon rope used during World War II for yeah you guessed it parachute suspension lines. Today paracord is used widely through out all branches of the military and civilian use. The Mil spec paracord has six different grades ranging in strength from 95lb to 750lb.  I use Type-III which has a minimum breaking strength of 550lbs. although I have personally tested it up to 1,000lbs. It consists of a sheath that contains seven two strand yarns. One of the nifty things about this rope is that it can be easily gutted of its inner yarns for more delicate jobs like sewing. The cord when gutted of the core yarns is considered Type-IIa  which becomes much less elastic (good or bad thing depends)  and retains a breaking strength of 225lbs.  

 OK so I use this stuff for everything $7 for 100' is hard to beat.



Things needed for this:

A tool to wrap
Paracord don't be intimidated by buying 100 feet you will use it ;)
Sharp knife or scissors
Lighter or Soldering Iron
Something to hold your tool firmly in place
Spring Clamp

This project was done at the community workshop in Portland, OR !Shop People!  Paracord was purchased across the street at Andy and Bax.



 
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ehudwill1 month ago

Awesome job. Thanks for sharing!

pargo3 months ago
How did you make the camp axe
KC0GRN made it!5 months ago

Here is my first experiment with your technique on a pretty cheap ($20) katana's tsuba. I think it turned out well considering I haven't had much practice with tsuba wrapping or Paracord in general. It does provide a nice grip, but as I also don't know much about swords in general, it might be too slippery in practical use. Visually, it looks cool (and would look better given more time and attention to detail). In any instance, given the cheapness of the sword and all, the paracord was definitely an upgrade from the crappy nylon tsuba wrap originally on it.

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KC0GRN6 months ago
lately I've been toying with making (or customizing at least) a katana, but without strictly adhering to Japanese rules. I thought about wrapping the handle in paracord (never worked with the stuff). I think this wrap would look cool that way, so I have a cheap katana I am going to try it out on. I'll post my results when I'm done.
dbafundo6 months ago
Great taste I. Choice of beer ??

Love there IPA and lucky13
ezarate made it!7 months ago

My blank Damascus knife got here today so I used this to make the handle, it came out solid, thanks!

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I thought this looked cool and I tried it, but I wasn't very successful. I think the easiest wrap is the Paracord Lighter Wrap. Yours is cooler, but if anyone has a hard time, I would suggest that. Great job!
mhgarten8 months ago
how did you get the curls on the knives you showed at the end?
bakdrft9 months ago
Nice Work!
seamonster9811 months ago
What are this little knives at the last slide called
stephenf1 year ago
OK, this will definitely be the way I wrap my ninjato's handle!
please make a website to sell these on and then comment so i know what it is. here is a website to make a website: webs.com. its free
Done finally. Thanks for the support.
Harlan Whitman (author)  Harlan Whitman1 year ago
www.harlanwhitman.com shopping cart soon to come. Until that is done will post pics of what is available and price. Sales will be made via email/paypal.
If you're doing it yourself, you should check out Wordpress's eCommerce plugins. I just built my girlfriend's website, and it was incredibly easy and pretty customizable (if you want to that is. The themes they have these days are pretty amazing). Here's her website if you're interested in going that way: http://brokenrevolt.com/ (I also told her about your stuff, she's really into the style).
Tv one51 year ago
Hey offtopic here but how did you make the axe? i am pondering making one out of a leaf spring from a car truck etc any thoughts reccomendations?
spacecat71 year ago
So when you unwrap the handle in an emergency situation then what do you use as a handle?
in this design you could just use half the para cord and slide the other down or you could in preparation before you unravel the handle you could make a wooden one and glue it on with pine resin resin
iguytheguy1 year ago
I used this instructable to make a handle for a cheap throwing knife I had laying around.
Thanks for the instructable.
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zgrav1 year ago
very neatly done. I would also consider using the through-holes in the handle for some of the wrasp to go through, since that will help keep everything in place.
bigdwinn1 year ago
Great job, man. Inspired me. My machete handle. Needed something to keep my hands busy during a "Lost" marathon. :)
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Harlan Whitman (author) 1 year ago
Confession time! I'm terrible at the interwebs. My new years resolution is to get better at posting more ibles and responding to ya'll. The new website is another big step which will be updated with a new item weekly at least.

Thanks for all the support!
atmooney2 years ago
This is cool! Is that a stout? Can I substitute a pale ale, or regular ale? Keep it up, thanks!
Harlan Whitman (author)  atmooney1 year ago
Of course. I would still recommend a pint or so.
esoland1 year ago
I like that hawk. What's it go for? Great styling in your blade work! D2?
Harlan Whitman (author)  esoland1 year ago
That Hawk with the ti accent pins, para handle, made from O1 went for $275. D2 a great material for small skinners would be much to brittle for a hard working axe or any big chopper (In my opinion).
gwoodside1 year ago
Do you sell these Tomahawks ?? if so do you have a website ??
Harlan Whitman (author)  gwoodside1 year ago
Yes a website exists finally! www.harlanwhitman.com although at this time it is fresh and does not have a shopping cart orders are to be done via email at this time.

Thanks, for the interest.
this is mine. i love it!
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nice i have that knife (which i also have paracord wrapped) where did you get yours with out the black coating on it
I got it for my birthday but I have seen it at Cabela's.
x3n0c1dal ad8952 years ago
That "black coating" is called BLUE.
ad895 x3n0c1dal2 years ago
i know what a blued knife looks like this knife is more of a power coat
x3n0c1dal ad8952 years ago
Hmm. Well, sorry if I was rude before. I should've thought before I spoke.
ad895 x3n0c1dal2 years ago
sorry i was kinda rude also
rsoneill212 years ago
Can we get an instructable for the camp axe!
oud252 years ago
that is a hefty looking hatchet dude
i want one so bad
any guess at the price your going to sell them for?
great source for real paracord, not the fake stuff. Here ya go:


http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/genuine-paratrooper-cord/?price=3,5&sortby=8&cid=1142

ps sorry i dont know how to paste a link. so you have to copy and paste this into your browser. pps love the paracord wrap! i am planning on wrapping m knife when my paracord gets here, but my knife wont fit in my current sheath with the rope on it, so im going to make a leather sheath. il post a 'ible when im done. maybe.
Onkx2 years ago
Just did this for my sledge hammer. Sweet!
Batryn2 years ago
Hi, just a question, how much cord will you need per feet of the wrap? Assuming a tubular object 1" in diameter?
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