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Lanyard Knot

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by ERIK KNIVES, Oct 9, 2011.



    Aug 17, 2010
    I can tie more knots than you can shake a stick at. The boating, fishing, trucking, and rescue knots are all at my disposal. I exaggerate. Just the same, a nice lanyard knot took me 3 efforts to get right. By efforts, I mean trying and failing on two separate occasions and then finally, a week or two later, getting it right. Most tutorials on the web are horrible for this knot.

    It's nice because it is round and symmetrical.

    If you want to put a nice lanyard on your knife instead of that overhand knot or figure 8, here you go...


    In the first picture, the bigger loop would go through/be where your lanyard tube is. Here's the final product.

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  2. wolffbite


    May 7, 2010
    VERY clear tutorial. Thanks for this Erik, I've done some paracord work in the past and never found a good, clear demonstration of how to do a lanyard knot. Fuzzy youtube vids just don't cut it.

    Great job :thumbup:


    Aug 17, 2010
    Thank you Jonathan. I have to refer to my own pictures once in a while to tie this thing. I looked at a lot of videos and slide shows before I got it.
  4. javand


    Oct 17, 2010
    Great pictorial of the diamond knot Erik, big ups.
  5. GrizzlyBear


    Dec 5, 2009
    Awesome thank you! I used the Chris Reeves lanyard on my last few knives, which is nothing more than a hangman's noose that has the long and short ends trimmed to the same length. It looks good, especially with a bead between it and the knife.
  6. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Super clear photos of that knot's construction - added to the stickys.
  7. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    One bebefit of the lanyard knot is that you can pretty easily adjust the size of the loop by moving the knot up or down. Its even possible after its been cinched down and used for a while. I use it on my Cold Steel machetes and it gives a very secure loop, to the point that it would probably have to be adjusted for anyone else to use it.
  8. robino


    Aug 11, 2011
    i believe that's called a turk head
  9. 12345678910


    Jul 13, 2009
    I believe a turks's head is different.

    I usually use this site for knots- it gives animated step by step photos

    But I don't see that knot on there, neither a Lanyard knot, or a Diamond knot.
    That's a really nice knot for a lanyard & good demo.
    The only improvement I can think of is to use 2 different colours of rope or tape for the 2 ends.
    It helps me to see the lines in 2 different colours like this.


    Monkey fist

    Wall & crown
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011
  10. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    Its also called a diamond knot. That should make finding it easier. I like to finish the ends of my lanyards with celtic button knots. The look like lanyard knots but are tied with just a single strand instead of through a loop. Ialso use them as stopper/trigger knots for slings. Lanyard knots make fine finger loops for slings as well.
  11. shockjockey24


    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks Alb1k! I got it on the first try! Ive been wanting to learn this knot for years and couldn't find a good enough description anywhere...now I can stop using those gawd awful overhand and figure 8 knots :D
  12. GTH11


    Feb 21, 2011
    First thing i wanted to do was comment on your photos, gorgeous... you got somethin figired out, but i noticed that awhile ago! Oh ya, killer knot! Thanks fer sharin. GHaile
  13. Bailey Knives

    Bailey Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2004
    I subscribed to this thread. I do this every once in a while, and every time I have to search youtube to remember how to do it. Someday, I will have it memorized. Thanks for the clear instructions.

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