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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    29 Discussions


    1 year ago on Step 6

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


    2 years ago

    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.


    5 years ago

    How much feet of paracord is that thank you


    5 years ago

    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 :)


    7 years ago on Step 6

    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

    ede guzman2

    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    I haven't tried making one yet, but something I might say for those looking for some less-painful practice nunchaku is to use tightly-rolled layers of newspaper for the core instead of dowels, and then somehow waterproofed (duct tape or something else) before tying the paracord over it. I used to make juggling clubs that way to practice with, and I've never had clubs before or since that I've been totally comfortable whacking myself in the head with on a regular basis.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. I'm a huge nunchaku fan, and a very active martial artist, so I'll totally make your paracord nunchaku to test it.

    I'll remember to post an image here when done, so you can see the result ;-)

    4 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I finally made it. I've also tested it and I have to say that, although the nunchaku looks great and it's very light weighted, it's pretty bad for practicing because the knots always get loose after a few rolls.

    After that, I nailed the knots like Tape-scrutable said, but it didn't improve too much, it stills feeling bad when practicing in comparison with the other nunchakus I own (some of them are bought, others are DIY).

    Also, I had a lot of problems trying to tight hard the diamond knots, wich I finally achieved, but it was pretty difficult for me. I don't know anything about knots, so I can't tell if this nunchaku could be improved with a different knot for the ends.

    Anyway, the idea is great and, as I previously said, the nunchaku is very cool looking and very cheap/easy to make ;-)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey great work and thanks for the feedback. I completely understand what you are saying about the knots becoming loose after a bit of use.
    One solution you could try is to screw in a couple of small eyebolts through the diamond knots on each piece of dowel and use a small chain attached to these eyebolts to connect the two pieces of dowel rather than - or as well as - than the paracord itself.
    This should improve the roll action and will not become loose. The paracord is then used for the grip and decoration.
    Also - if you notice that the paracord around the grip itself is loose you can tighten this by stretching the paracord up the length of dowel before you tie the second diamond knot.
    Hope this helps !


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, I'll try to make another one following your advices. Anyway, this is the first thing I ever made with paracord and knots, so I'm not very good at it and I think that it could be done more tight with experience.

    The grip itself is confortable, so if I improve the knots at the ends so it wont become loose, I think it would be a nice nunchaku.


    I'm going to make one. I wanted to make me a pair of those anyway to get a hang of such weapons and to practise using them, just in case....

    I think it should be possible to use foam inserts at the beginning and then swap with wooden ones by untying the diamond knots at the ends, sliding the foam out and sliding the wooden ones in and retie, if the foam sticks have the same diameter than the wooden ones. :)

    I created one. Colors used were black and od green. I think my dowel is shorter and fatter than yours. Changes made were I added another solomon knot in the "chain" part with the left over paracord, and I also nailed down the crown knots where the chain starts to keep it from falling off. :P
    One of the knots on the dowels were very sloppy, and one of them was neat.

    Sorry, I had to upload the pictures online, the one on here wont work.