A Pair Of Diagonal Cutters With Turk’s Head Variants On The Handles.


Turk's Head variants on tool handles.

Turk's Head variants on tool handles.

My last post on the needle-nosed pliers showed an old version of knotwork hand grips. These cutters have work that is only months old. The white paracord is still white. The philosophy is the same: make them as handsome as possible, but never interfere with function. They are, after all and primarily, tools — they must work. The semi-open weave is done on purpose to improve the grip, as explained here.

The knots are as follows:

The top handle has a 30 Lead X 4 Bight Herringbone interweave, in white paracord. I think the lead count is correct, but can’t see it for absolute verification.

The black Turk’s Head on the left end of this handle dresses the end of the knot — it also acts as a finger hold for better control. It is a 9 Lead X 10 Bight knot.

The bottom handle starts on the right end, with a 9 Lead X 4 Bight Turk’s Head knot, doubled in green paracord.

Next is a Spanish Ring knot of 3 passes. It pulls double duty as a finger grip, and dresses the seam between the 2 knots under it.

The white knot that covers the center of the handle is a 22 Lead X 5 Bight Herringbone interweave.

The knot that dresses up the end is a 5 Lead X 4 Bight Turk’s Head, doubled, in black paracord.

This combination serves well as a hand grip. I find it to be handsome as well — but then, it is my baby. I would like to hear your opinion on this, or anything on my site you find worthy of comment. Until next time:
William

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