How to Make a Knife Lanyard (Part 1)

There is a good way to make your knives recognizable and easily accessible—by using a proper lanyard. The right lanyard can make a knife or tool easier to reach if in a pocket, makes it easier to find if dropped, and can be built to showcase a particular skill or trade, as well as make a tool more easily recognizable.


If you are looking for, say…a snappy-looking lanyard to let a small knife remain accessible in a suit pocket, it is tough to simply purchase one. Do you like paleo knives and tools? Make a lanyard to complement them. The easiest way to get started on a fob-type lanyard would be to take a trip to your local bead shop. Bead shops have a variety of string, leather, lace, wood, bone and metal beads to perfectly match your knife to your personality.


In order to make a fob-type lanyard, you want a little bit of length with some weight on the end of it so your knife can ride in the bottom of your pocket while the fob hangs outside. The style will be entirely up to you, and best of all, the shiny new pocket bits can help ease your symptoms for a time. Some knives are very good in their own right but, occasionally knife owners may wish they had a bit more length for certain grips or to make the knife easier to find in a pocket. A short, thick lanyard accomplishes this. If you prefer the idea of purchasing one ready-made, we’ll list some sources for that as well, but here are directions on how to make your own.


Check out the first part of this tutorial here:

STEP 1:    Cut two pieces of cord approximately 24 inches long. Pull one cord through the lanyard hole until both sides stick out evenly. Loosely tie an overhand knot in the cord (as shown). Put the second cord through the loop made and leave both sides hanging out evenly.

Knife Lanyard

STEP 2:   Make sure the two pieces of cord are together and snug. You don’t have to tie any special knots here unless you have the desire to do so.


STEP 3:    From now on you will always have four ‘tails’ pointing out like a star. Take the two tails from the second cord—the one that you are currently holding in place—and flop them over 180 degrees so they each nearly form a loop (shown).

Knife Lanyard


STEP 4:    Now take the other two tails and fold each one over the first cord, and then under the second. You should end up with an actual loop for the last tail to be pushed through, and it should look like the photo below when done. If it doesn’t, this means you didn’t go straight across in this step, but instead, angled this second set of tails across each other.

Knife Lanyard


Stay tuned for the second part of this tutorial!


Text and Photos by Justin Forrester