Whether you are a camper, hiker, or hunter, a sharp knife is a piece of essential outdoor equipment. Yet, your knife may become difficult to use if its handle becomes worn or uncomfortable to hold. Fortunately, a simple and inexpensive alternative exists: wrapping your knife handle with paracord. This article will provide a step-by-step explanation of how to wrap your knife’s handle with paracord for a more secure and comfortable grip.
Method One: Easy Wrap
Tape the paracord to the handle
Put the paracord along the handle’s side. Tape it to the handle of the knife, right beneath the blade.
- There should be a sufficient string to extend down the length of the handle and beyond. The entire length of most knives should be around 1 foot (30.5 cm). Let this surplus rope extend below the handle’s base.
- Don’t yet cut the paracord.
- Wrap the tape twice or three times around the handle. Ensure that it keeps the cord securely in place.
Wind the cord around the handle
Completely wind the paracord around the breadth of the handle.
- Work while keeping the cable linked to the bundle. Do not wrap with the extra rope dangling from the handle’s base.
- The cord should make a tight loop around the handle, spanning its breadth. This loop should conclude when it reaches the recorded beginning point.
Work your way down the entire length of the handle.
Continue wrapping the paracord around the width of the handle until the opposite end is reached.
- Each successive loop should be placed immediately adjacent to the previous loop on the handle. Maintain a tight wrapping tension as you progress.
- Wrap the connected side of the paracord around the cut end, therefore covering and fastening the cut end to the handle.
Tie the cord to the empty end
Thread both ends of the paracord through the lanyard hole located at the base of the handle. To secure the wrapping, tie them in a tight knot.
- If the hole is too small, you can wrap both ends of the paracord around the knife’s rear notch. Behind the notch, tie the knot.
- The knot must be extremely tight to prevent the unraveling of the paracord wrapping.
Knot the ends together
Cut the connected side of the paracord so that the tail is approximately the same length as the excess loose end dangling from the bottom of the handle. Tie these two ends together in a tight knot.
- The resultant loop should function as a wrist loop, so ensure that you cut off sufficient paracord to produce a loop that can fit over your wrist.
- Complete the procedure by completing this step.
Method Two: Sword Style
Make a loop the length of the handle
Create a loop with the paracord that nearly fits the handle’s width and length. Attach this loop to the handle on one side.
- Notice that the loop should be taped to the handle’s flat side, not its thin edge. Moreover, the dimensions of the loop should match those of the flat side.
- The intersection of the loop should be located at the top of the handle, right behind the blade’s base. The loop’s curvature should be near the base of the handle.
- The length of the paracord should be around four to five times that of the handle. The loop must be centered on the handle.
Wrap the left end around the handle
Wrap the paracord’s left end around the width of the handle. To secure it, slide it under the opposite side of the original loop.
- The left end of the cable must completely round the handle. As it reaches the intersection point of the original loop, slip the end under the intersection and under the cord below. This will be the cable on your left, as well as the portion of the loop that is closest to the right end.
- The left end of the string will remain on the left side of the handle when completed.
- While you work, firmly coil the cable.
Weave the right end into the center section
The right end of the cord should be wrapped around the width of the handle. Put it into the area between the three cable parts at the handle’s front.
- The three sections of the cord at the front center are the two segments right below the junction of the initial loop and the left end you wrapped around the handle in the previous step.
- Place the right end over the left junction, under the left chord, and under the right intersection.
- Pull the string securely to secure the wrap’s position.
- The right end will remain on the right side of the handle after this step.
Turn and repeat down the length of the handle
The remaining portion of the handle should be wrapped using the same two techniques; these two processes constitute a set. Following each repetition, spin the knife 180 degrees.
- In essence, every other set will be done inverted.
- For each set, the left end should be wrapped first, followed by the right.
- Continue until the bottom of the handle is reached.
Weave in the ends
As you reach the bottom of the knife’s handle, you should reweave the two remaining ends into numerous layers of wrapped paracord.
- As long as the string was snugly wrapped around the handle as you worked, weaving the ends in should offer sufficient security to keep the wrapping in place.
Tie a knot
Bring the two ends around the rear of the knife handle and tie a tight knot for increased security. Remove any surplus as desired.
- Instead of connecting the ends at the handle, just tie them together near their tips to create a handle loop.
- This step’s completion concludes the procedure.
Wrapping the handle of your knife with a paracord is a useful and entertaining technique to increase the grip and make your knife more comfortable to hold. You can change your old, worn-out knife handle into a fashionable and functional weapon that you will be happy to carry on all your outdoor trips with just a few simple steps. Try paracord wrapping to see how it can improve the effectiveness of your knife and your overall outdoor experience, whether you’re an experienced outdoorsman or just starting.