This is one of my knotting tools. All of them have knots on the handles for function and decoration. After all, any time that I am knotting, they are there. If I need someplace to put a knot, they are there. Sometimes I later realize that the last knot added, no matter how handsome, detracts from the function of the tool. That knot comes off, because first and foremost, they are tools and must work — and work well.
These knots have been on, and in use, for years. They are showing wear, and the shine is actually from skin oils that have soaked the paracord. It is time to remove and replace them.
First a description of the old knots before they are gone and I can’t remember which they were:
On the near side handle the black knot that covers the whole handle, and underlies the other knots, is a 14 Lead X 2 Bight Turk’s Head, doubled.
The green knot at the left is a 5 Lead X 3 Bight Turk’s Head, doubled.
The (originally) white knot on the left is a 9 Lead X 5 Bight Turk’s Head.
The handle at the rear is also covered by a Turk’s Head, one of 16 Leads X 2 Bights, doubled.
The white knot at the right is an 8 Lead X 7 Bight Turk’s Head knot.
The center knot is a Spanish Ring knot, as is the other black knot on the left end. The one on the left end was put there so I could hook it with my index finger and pull — hard — without slipping. The one in the center is there so I can straddle it with the gap between my middle finger and ring finger. This allow for fine control of movements other than a straight drag pull.
Now here is the part where you can really help me. I am going to cut these knots off, and replace them with knots that will function as well as they do. I would also like them to look as good as these did when new. Something new that I don’t usually tie maybe? What do you think should go on the handles of this often used, and valued tool? Please let me know — I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for dropping by, and thank you in advance for any input you leave in the comment bin. Until I see you next: