This jeweler’s loupe has all the characteristics which illustrate the usefulness of a knotted fob. It is small, fairly delicate, hard to hold and difficult to find in a mix of other tools. The philosophy behind this is noted in a short article I wrote about button knots as used by one of the last sailors to sign on aboard the guano clippers. The idea has stood the test of time and usage.
This fob starts with a 3 Lead X 5 Bight Turk’s Head in black paracord with a doubled lead. One end is clipped short and hidden under the weave; the other end is left long as an 8″ lanyard. The tassel is made in the typical fashion, but is made of paracord instead of finer strands. The paracord was used so that it would stand up to use and not become entangled. The top of the tassel is covered with a 5 Lead X 4 Bight Turk’s Head knot tripled. The lanyard was made long enough to reach out of a pants pocket or a pocket on the inside of a tool bucket or ditty bag. The tassel makes a great grip. The Turk’s Head knot on the loupe improves handling. This lanyard has survived years of use. The hardest test on any tool or knife is being loaned out, and it not only came back, but was in good condition.
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