Step 5: Tying the Knot.

The clamp comes in handy again to hold the string while you prep for the knot. This is the point at which I melt the ends of the cord. Because at this point determining the final length is more practical. You can use a lighter to do this. I used a soldering gun because it was on the table already. You can quickly form a point with the molten nylon by rolling it on a solid cool surface like a piece of steel. I use my fingers because i'm hardcore like that haha and well it's easier. I have never blistered from this, but be careful it could potentially hurt.

I used a reef knot / square knot to secure the wrap onto the handle.

I then take a rather blunt homemade needle and jab it into the end of the cord to poke it through the hole in the handle. The melted end keeps the needle from punching through the cord. I have found by sending the ends of the knot through a hole like this further secures the knot. Also in this case keeps the wrap from wanting to slide down and off the end of the handle.
This pattern worked great on my Venezuelan machete!
I have never seen this knot used but rather than using no method to quesstimate how much cord you need, make three knots on the thickest part of the handle. Make marks at the end of these stitches with contrasting sharpie. Also measure length of handle covered. Dividing the length by three will tell you the size of each stitch. Divide the length to be covered by the size of the stitch to learn how many stitches you need. Measure the cord between the sharpie marks and divide it by three. This will tell you how much cord you need for each stitch. Multiply that number by the number of stitches you need. Add 12 to 24 inches to this number and that will tell you how much cord you need for the project before you lose your sanity. Use heat or tape on the ends to keep them from ravelling.<br>
<p>The knives look great too!</p>
<p>I love this I think this is great !</p>
Do you know of any other websites like this one?
This is very nice indeed, I love your wrapping method!
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Awesome instructions! Wrapped my gunstock war ax in about 30 mins! Thanks for the help!
Used this technique on seat belt extender for my mom... Works great!
Nice. I haven't tried this yet but hope to soon. Nice instructions.
<p>Awesome job. Thanks for sharing!</p>
How did you make the camp axe
<p>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.</p>
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.
Great taste I. Choice of beer ??<br><br>Love there IPA and lucky13
<p>My blank Damascus knife got here today so I used this to make the handle, it came out solid, thanks!</p>
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!
how did you get the curls on the knives you showed at the end?
Nice Work!
What are this little knives at the last slide called
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<br>
Done finally. Thanks for the support. <br>
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).
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?
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
I used this instructable to make a handle for a cheap throwing knife I had laying around. <br>Thanks for the instructable.
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.
Great job, man. Inspired me. My machete handle. Needed something to keep my hands busy during a &quot;Lost&quot; marathon. :)
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. <br> <br>Thanks for all the support!
This is cool! Is that a stout? Can I substitute a pale ale, or regular ale? Keep it up, thanks!
Of course. I would still recommend a pint or so.
I like that hawk. What's it go for? Great styling in your blade work! D2?
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).
Do you sell these Tomahawks ?? if so do you have a website ?? <br>
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. <br> <br>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.
That &quot;black coating&quot; is called BLUE.
i know what a blued knife looks like this knife is more of a power coat
Hmm. Well, sorry if I was rude before. I should've thought before I spoke.
sorry i was kinda rude also <br>
Can we get an instructable for the camp axe!
that is a hefty looking hatchet dude<br>i want one so bad<br>any guess at the price your going to sell them for?
great source for real paracord, not the fake stuff. Here ya go:<br><br><br> http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/genuine-paratrooper-cord/?price=3,5&amp;sortby=8&amp;cid=1142<br><br>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.
Just did this for my sledge hammer. Sweet!

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