I finally found a knife wrap that I really like.
Outside of the turks head knot variants, there are few techniques that I find appropriate for making paracord knife wraps. I was thrilled to find an image of a knife wrap that David Hopper made. It was a recreation of an old sword wrapping technique that Peter Dekker recreated.
Although I found it a bit unusual, I gave it a shot and the result is a beautiful wrap that I am quite proud of. The wrap was made onto my machete, which is technically a knife, although a fairly large one- that is why the handle is quite large.
Below you can find a quick tutorial on how I got around to making one of these wraps.
What you will need
The paracord knife wrap tutorial
To make this wrap we will first make two loops, one on each side of the hilt/handle. The bight of the loop is where you want the wrap to end, while the
top, where the cord crosses itself is where the wrap will begin (see the images below for a clear picture).
After that we will begin by placing one cord over to the other side, so one cord is on each side. I found that it is better to have the blade facing away from you when wrapping. It makes it easier.
After you have one cord on each side, the sequence is the following:
- place the left wrap under the two cords forming the loop
- place the right cord over one cord forming the loop, under the left cord and over the other cord in the loop
- tighten and turn the knife
- repeat again from step 1
Not that hard right? Basically you just place the left cord under the middle loop cords and the right goes over the middle cords and under the left one.
I found that it is best to tighten the wrap as you go.
To end the wrap, you can tuck the ends back into the wrap or use any other technique that you like to use to finish wraps.
I highly recommend rubbing or melting some wax onto the wrap to get a nice grip with more friction (read more about waxing paracord here). You may also want to consider shrinking the wrap to make it tighter.