Continued from a recent post, this is a simple square-stitch 3mm accessory cord that takes roughly 20 minutes to finish your first one. The method shown does not let you remove the lanyard from the knife, but if you want to do so, a lanyard such as this one can be made on a clip for easy removal rather than through a knife’s lanyard hole.
Check out the final steps of this tutorial here:
STEP 5: Work the knot nice and tight a little bit at a time by pulling on each tail, and then two opposing tails at once. It gets easier as you get a feel for it, and the first knot is considerably more difficult than the rest because there is very little to hold on to.
STEP 6: Repeat steps 3 and 4 again. Once again, you should have a loose square. Again, tighten it back up to finish the knot.
STEP 7: Continue making knots until you have about 3/8-inch or so less length than you want because the last portion will be made up a little differently.
STEP 8: Build one last knot, but do not tighten it up. Leave it loose so you can continue to work with it. The blue dots in the photo below illustrate how the knot looked originally, the red line shows how one tail was taken beneath the next tail and then up through the center square.
STEP 9: Continue doing the same with the other three tails, bringing them back and under the preceding tail, and then up into and through the center square. The last one is tricky; you will have to look at the knot to see where the tail you need to pass under is. When finished, you should have all four tails sticking up through the square in the center.
STEP 10: Tighten up the last knot really well and then put a dab of superglue in to hold it. Decide whether you want to trim the tails or leave them long.
STEP 11: You can see the extra purchase the lanyard gives on the knife for some grips, as well as how much more visible it is. If you want to go crazy, you can use some glow or reflective cord for even more visibility.
Text and Photos by Justin Forrester