In this tutorial you will learn how to wrap your axe handle with paracord.
I learned this technique when working on my quick release solomon bar. When looking for a nice axe handle wrap I stumbled back to this technique. Being already familiar with it, it was easy to modify it to work with a handle grip.
Before we move on to the tutorial I would like to recommend you also take a look at my article on how to make a paracord handle wrap. It holds important information on making paracord wraps.
The reason I like this wrap is that it looks attractive and it is quick release, making it a nice survival wrap.
Two more images of this type of wrap (click on the images to enlarge):
What you will need
- a piece of paracord. The length depends on the size of the wrap. Because it is made from a single cord, you can pull the cord directly from a hank or spool.
- a rubber band or a smaller piece of cord to prevent the cord from moving.
- a lighter and scissors.
- optionally, but highly recommended, some beeswax to rub onto the handle
As you can see the is not much needed to make this wrap. Now let’s get to it!
How to wrap an axe grip with paracord
Firstly, take a piece of cord and fold it so the folded end is as long as your handle is (see the tutorial below). Secure the bottom end with a rubber band or even better, a smaller piece of paracord.
You are now left with only one end of the cord. We will use this end to wrap the other one, wrapping to bottom until we reach the bight. We end the wrap by pulling the working end through the bight. At that point you can pull on the first cord end (at the top) to lock the handle in place.
The pattern I am using is demonstrated below:
To finish this project I also highly recommend shrinking the wrap in hot water and then rubbing wax onto it to make it more resistant to wear and sweat, as well as providing a better grip.
The video should be very useful for learning this wrap:
Awesome! I need to learn how to make a bracelet as a starter. Thanks for bringing this to all of us, Bob