Step 3: Wrapping the Handle

Next wrap the para-cord as shown in the picture. Add a drop of super glue to the para-cord near where the cord goes under the wrap.
Continue wrapping the para-cord around the handle, adding a drop of super glue every 2-3 wraps, until the entire handle is wrapped. When you have finished wrapping the handle take the end and lay it along the back edge of the handle. Trim any para-cord that extends past the top (or bottom) of the handle. Using a few drops of super glue and glue the tag end to the back of the handle. When the glue is completely dry use a lighter to heat the para-cord until it just starts to melt and press it firmly into the back of the handle.
Where could I order a blade?
I just finished one of these based on your plans. I had to order these blades from my neighborhood hardware store, the "box" stores don't carry them and couldn't order them. $5 for a pack of 5, super deal. Going to make a couple more for my dad and my tackle box. I used a clothes softener bottle for the plastic, easy to work with. Thanks for the great 'ible!
Nice instructable. Really like the concept! Thanks for sharing it.
Cool ! <br>
Great looking knife and I will be making a couple as soon as I can find a local store that carries the blades. I have one question concerning assembling the handle. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I have concerns about the cardboard on the handle being subject to moisture and eventually failing. Why not just use two pieces of the plastic and then wrap with duct tape, or at least wrap the cardboard with duct tape as you did with the sheath.
The milk carton is a recent addition... I first made the handle with cardboard alone and it was just too flimsy... As for why not use two pieces of milk carton, well I had a hard time getting the superglue to hold the two of them together when I was messing about with handle construction. I am not sure if it was the uber cheap ($2.79 for 10 tubes) superglue or the material, or operator error that was the problem... Tried using the ducktape for the handle as well and it just didn't have the same &quot;feel&quot; and comfort as the 550 cord. <br> <br>Thanks for the comment! <br> <br>Tom
this is a great idea, i do this with regular cutter blades to make them lighter during travel, instead of using the handle, I just take one of the blades, wrap them in cardboard and cellotape them around tight then just pullout the blade when i need it. <br> <br>great 'ible, keep it coming!
Does it throw well? <br> <br>Either way nice knife been thinking of making my own custom knife, this is a good starting point.
Thanks for the comment... I haven't tried throwing it... Probably won't for a couple of reasons... It is small and very light-weight... If you are talking about throwing it as a potetial weapon then you have just trown away your weapon... That only happens in a Hollywood script, at least from my experience :) Look forward to seeing an Instructable on your knife when you make it!
more of a joke because of the way it looked. But ya I see how throwing it would't work.
is the milk carton a standard milk carton with the labels taken off?
Yes, it was cut from the side of a 1 gal plastic milk jug. <br> <br>

About This Instructable


147 favorites


Bio: Thought it was time to update the profile some so here goes... Still married to a wonderfully sweet beautiful woman, still have 5 kids 3-23 ... More »
More by tomsweet65: Compact Bug Out Bag Shotgun Stock Survival Kit Let's Go Survival Fishing!
Add instructable to: