How to Make a Knife Lanyard

How to Make a Knife Lanyard
Dropping a knife or having it slip out of your hand when trying to complete a task can be dangerous. To prevent this, many knives have lanyards, short pieces of string or similar material attached to them that fit around your wrist for extra grip and security. Typically, lanyards are made from leather, synthetic nylon or paracord for strength and durability, but any material that is cordlike can be used to successfully create a suitable lanyard.


Difficulty: Easy

Making Your Lanyard

Things You’ll Need:
  • Knife Leather cordage or similar material
  • Knife
  • Leather cordage or similar material
Step 1
Measure out 16 inches of your cordage material and cut it with the knife. If the material you are using is especially thick, measure out 18 inches of material and cut it. Make sure that two pieces of the material can fit through the knife hole at the same time.
Step 2
Grab the two ends of the cordage and place them together. This will split the cordage in half and form a loop in the cord.
Step 3
Run both ends of the cord through the hole or ring in your knife. Pull both ends evenly halfway through the hole. You should now have two strings protruding on one side of the knife, and a loop formed on the other side.
Step 4
Pull the two split ends over the knife or ring and run them back through the loop on the other side. Pull them tight to create a variation of a slip knot.
Step 5
Tie a knot at the end of the two hanging pieces you have left. You can do this with any knot of your choice, as long as it holds securely.
Step 6
Pull the loop of cord that is now secured to the knife or ring to the shortest point between the hole and edge of the knife. This will allow you to finish tightening up the cord. Whether the shortest distance between the edge of the knife and the hole is on the side of the knife or at the end of the handle does not matter -- move the loop of cord around the knife to that point and pull the lanyard tight.

Tips & Warnings

You can place beads, feathers or other decor on your lanyard before tying off the two split ends.
Always be cautious when working with a knife. Ensure that the knife is closed or in a sheath while attaching the lanyard.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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