A Patriotic Key Fob — Red,White, And Blue Paracord Make A Handsome Accessory Item


A Turk's Head knot of 13 Leads X 4 Bights done in patriotic colors.

A Turk's Head knot of 13 Leads X 4 Bights done in patriotic colors.

This key fob was made in the heat of a Fourth Of July Celebration — in Alabama — the heat of the celebration is a comment on the weather — not the celebration. Because it was the 4th and it was a celebration, and I had the cord in red, white, and blue, it was only natural. And now … on with the show:

The main body of the key fob is a Turk’s Head knot of 13 Leads X 4 Bights. Unlike most of these knots, it is tripled in paracord — but in 3 different colors. As I tightened down the knot, I fished the working ends from the center of the Turk’s Head out one end as loops. They then ran the length of the knot to come out the other end as a rough tassel / loop adjusters for the key loops.

So that the finished knot would not be so hard that putting it in your pants pocket would be some form of penance, I didn’t tighten it down as I usually do.
To make it easier to use, I added a red Turk’s Head over the base knot –a 5 Lead X 4 Bight Turk’s head, tripled. The edges were worked straight as opposed to lobed. I did that for years before I found out that Bruce Grant had a name for it. He called it “The Colima Lazy Man’s Button”. Why, I don’t know, as a really lazy man wouldn’t tie it — it’s too much work.

Thank you for coming by; I greatly appreciate it. See you next  time at the parade of knots:
William

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