Practice Paracord Nunchaku





Introduction: Practice Paracord Nunchaku

Paracord can be used to create some very usable and decorative practice nunchaku.

WARNING :  The possession and/or manufacture of nunchaku is illegal in many states all over the world.
in most cases you can possess them only for training purposes as part of a martial arts club.
Please check the laws regarding nunchaku in your local area BEFORE making these.

These have been made with 2 x 5 metre lengths of 550 paracord and 2 x 16mm diameter, 25cm long timber dowel rods.
You can vary the lengths/thicknesses of the rods to suit your needs.
You could even use some solid foam cylinders instead of the timber, to make them even softer - however, they would still be considered nunchaka by law - even foam ones.

There are only two knots used in the construction of these nunchaku,  a solomon (or cobra) knot and a diamond (or lanyard) knot.
Detailed videos for making these knots are available on you tube, however, I have provided some simple photos of each stage. 

Step 1: Tie a Diamond Knot to Start

Take and end of each of the pieces of paracord and tie together using a diamond knot.
Steps are shown for tying the diamond knot.  if these aren't clear enough, search you tube for "diamond knot" for video instructions.
You will be tying four of these knots in the construction of this piece. 

Layout the knot as shown and then slowly work the knot into a ball shape, continue until the knot is firm.

Step 2: Tie a Solomon Knot Around the Timber.

Position the diamond knot at the top of one of the pieces of timber dowel and start the solomon knot.
This is easier if you lay the timber on the floor and lay out the knot as shown until you get a few turns of the solomon knot onto the timber to hold it in place.

Once you have a few turns in place, the timber will be held firmly.

Continue tying the knot, pulling each turn as firmly as possible, until you reach the end of the dowel.

Step 3: Tie a Diamond Knot at the End.

Tie another Diamond knot at the end of the timber.  You will need to work the knot, by gradually pulling the paracord through the knot to get the the knot firmly lodged against the end of the timber.
Use the same photos as for the first diamond knot.  This one is done in exactly the same way.

Step 4: Tie a Third Diamond Knot

Tie a third diamond knot, leaving about 8cm of cord between the knots.
You should be getting the hang of these knots now ;-)

Step 5: Tie the Solomon Knot to the Timber Rod.

Now tie this third diamond knot to the second piece of timber dowel exactly as we did the first time in step 2.

Continue tying the solomon knot all the way to the end of the timber again.

Step 6: Tie the Final Diamond Knot

Tie the fourth and final diamond knot to finish.
Again, work the knot until it is firmly against the end of the timber.

Then cut the ends of the paracord and singe the ends ti finish.




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    Using two different colors of cord to show how to do the Diamond knot is much appreciated!

    I am having the HARDEST time getting the second diamond knot tight to the stick, is there another knot to use or a trick to getting the knot tighter...please help these are awesome

    I made it. I twas a very fun project to make. Noticed somethings that would be better if changed so I changed up the design a little bit. Overall great project.

    How much feet of paracord is that thank you

    cool projects one thing tho arethe also called nun chucks and the Solomon knot is also called the cobra weave

     I've made some using the 'ible How-to-Make-a-Paracord-Fender-Keychain

    By removing the dowel and making it completely out of cord, you lessen it's image as a lethal  weapon (plausible deniability). BUT, as we all know, if you reef down (tighten) all those knots it may as well be wood. With a marlinspike or awl you can make it as dense as pinewood.

    By paying attention to how tight you reef, you can vary the hardness from little more than foam to almost solid nylon.

    Keep in mind that nunchaku are LETHAL weapons when used as such. Cover your ass legally, and don't do anything stupid. Funny enough the way they are usually used to kill, is not with striking.

    get paracord. get heavy dowel. (i hate lightweight stuff even for practice). make this. practice.
    thanks to your idea of paracord i dont need to be at the dojo to practive these. thanks :)

    instead of the solomon or cobra weave, why not to the snake know all the way up? it would take longer but it would remain circular

    When I first saw this, I thought the core inside was paper cause in the image it is white. :)

    it took me 5 hours to wrap the one handle then my mother ruined it