How To Wrap a 550 Paracord Knife Handle

Posted by Stacy on 1/10/2013
Knowing the whipping technique to wrap a knife handle can be applied to other tools and hand held items.  It is one of the most useful paracord techniques you can learn.

If you are interested in doing a knife wrap yourself, check out our paracord knifes here with open handles for wrapping.  We even have kits that include the knife and paracord..


Speaker 1: What's up in YouTube? NoMoreOp4 here with another quick do it yourself video. I was reconditioning this knife, and got to the point where I was going to make my own handle for it. I thought about a couple of different ways to do it, decided to use a form of rope tying, it’s just whipping, common whipping as it’s sometimes referred to, which is usually just used to secure the end of the line from fraying, but you can also use the technique to make a handle for a knife.

I was doing that recondition video. I wanted to do this separate because I figured there would be people that just wanted to see this technique and didn't want to watch the long video of how I went through the steps to recondition this knife. You can watch that video is you want to see why I chose to use this particular style of handle or method, but let's get into it. I'm going to show you how to make a knife handle using 550 cord Paracord. You can use other things as well, but that's a good choice, readily available.

First step is going to be getting the knife ready to go. You can use tape, can use a lot of different things to cover the business end of the blade. Just want to make sure you've got something on there so that you can squeeze it relatively hard, without worrying about cutting yourself on the business end. You want to get your Paracord ready to go, burn off any ends. You only need to have one live end so far. The length is obviously going to be proportional to how long you're making the handle. I probably won't even use a foot and a half for this little length depending on how neat I can get it to be. I kind of learned that from experience.

The first step ... just slide this piece along the back and we're going to start on this side. You want to get that flush on the bottom as close to whatever existing anchor point you have. For this first one, I'm going to hold it through the back just to get a tight pull. You're going to want to start looping it over.

Now, you want to get these loops as close as possible to the previous one. For the first couple, I'll pull them over and pull them back a little bit, and just repeat the process making sure each time that I've pulled it over as tight and as clean as possible.

Continue down about halfway along where the handle is going to be, and then you're going to take this live end, fold it back over itself, and just leaving almost like a bight, as if you were trying to knot, and then you're going to continue wrapping over that open loop until you get down to the bottom.

Now when you've got the end, and it's wrapped as tightly as you can possibly get it, you want to cut off an end. You don't have to burn it yet, make sure that end piece is as tight as possible, then you're going to just pull that right through the loop or the bight. Then the next thing you do is pull down on this remaining strand, that's going to pull that piece under and secure it down. Give that a good pull and it will pull that loop through while still holding this loose end.

Now one thing you want to keep in mind, the further you can pull this down, the further you're pulling that loop that was here down, which means the more contact that that has holding this underneath the strands, so that's good. You want that.

Next step from here, you're going to cut these two pieces as best as you can. Now, let's try to get underneath it. Hopefully you have a better pair of scissors than these ones that I just pulled out of the drawer here. Clean that up a little bit. You can see what we've got there.

Now the next part is going to be to burn them clean. You don't want to get too overzealous here, but you want to get the job done. Don't fuss with it too much before you try to burn it. I don't like to put it directly under the flame right off the back, just kind of hit it, get it warmed up. There you go. Now same thing on the other end here, and we have to be careful because we've got the existing ... the remainder of the old sheath there, or the old handle I should say.

It's okay if you melt the existing ropes because all you're going to do is add a little bit extra binding between that and the end here. Use your finger to tell when it's hardened, and that's when you know you're good to go.

That's it. Real quick handle. It doesn't look too bad, pretty uniform. A couple of things to keep in mind. Obviously, if any of these ropes does ever get … or any of these wraps do ever get damaged, or they start to fray or they get cut, this will unravel pretty quickly, but it's also very simple wrap, easy to do, very few tools required. Basically, if you've got another knife or something sharp that you can cut the rope with, some fire and some Paracord, you're ready to go.

A couple other things, you really don't want to loop over existing cord on the same wrap. If I wanted to put a second layer on this, which I could, I would do two individual wraps, so I would do this one and then I'd get a new piece and I'd start over again. That underlying piece can be a little bit slippery depending on what kind of nylon you're working with over the top of the Paracord, that's just something you have to experiment with.

Also, if you want to be sure that you get this end as close and as flushed to the side as I mentioned before, you can see here that this does have a slight angle, and that mainly was because I was working with uneven sides. This side on the bottom is a little bit longer than it is on the top. That's the reason I started on the shorter side, but we just have to be cautious of things like that. All in all, very quick and easy way to put a better handle on the knife if you don't like it or you can cover it over your existing one just to make it better.

That's it for me guys. That was a quick video on how to make a new handle for a knife using 550 Paracord. As always, stay safe. I'm out.
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