Picture of Paracord Wrap

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 (I used one of my custom made axes check out www.ooakforge.com)

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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mountain g8 days ago

The knives look great too!

mountain g8 days ago

I love this I think this is great !

TheTutor114 months ago
Do you know of any other websites like this one?
TheTutor114 months ago
This is very nice indeed, I love your wrapping method!
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JustenDang6 months ago
Awesome instructions! Wrapped my gunstock war ax in about 30 mins! Thanks for the help!
Roessboss6 months ago
Used this technique on seat belt extender for my mom... Works great!
Lake Speed9 months ago
Nice. I haven't tried this yet but hope to soon. Nice instructions.
ehudwill1 year ago

Awesome job. Thanks for sharing!

pargo1 year ago
How did you make the camp axe
KC0GRN made it!1 year 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.

KC0GRN1 year 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.
dbafundo1 year ago
Great taste I. Choice of beer ??

Love there IPA and lucky13
ezarate made it!1 year ago

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

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!
mhgarten1 year ago
how did you get the curls on the knives you showed at the end?
bakdrft1 year ago
Nice Work!
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 Whitman2 years 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 one52 years 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?
spacecat72 years 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
iguytheguy2 years 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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zgrav2 years 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.
bigdwinn2 years ago
Great job, man. Inspired me. My machete handle. Needed something to keep my hands busy during a "Lost" marathon. :)
Harlan Whitman (author) 2 years 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!
atmooney3 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)  atmooney2 years ago
Of course. I would still recommend a pint or so.
esoland2 years ago
I like that hawk. What's it go for? Great styling in your blade work! D2?
Harlan Whitman (author)  esoland2 years 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).
gwoodside2 years ago
Do you sell these Tomahawks ?? if so do you have a website ??
Harlan Whitman (author)  gwoodside2 years 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!
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.
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