Over the years I have tried to come up with ways of using my knots that would appeal to non-knotting people. One of the most obvious things is the key fob and its kin. There is, however, a limit to the number of identical items I think is fair to expect a hobbyist to tie. I never wanted to feel as if I were doing piece work in a sweatshop. That would be the quickest way for me to lose all drive to ever tie another knot. Because of this, I was always looking for a new and technically challenging knot project. I eventually decided to try making a fob/pocket charm-type thing that would hold a coin, or minted charm, of some sort. It would have to look good, and it would have to work well — this also meant it would have to work over a reasonable life span.
This is the method I came up with. I originally used Turk’s Head knots, but these didn’t completely satisfy me. One day I found the Spanish Ring knot; the problem was solved. After that it was just a question of material selection and technique.
Gutted paracord makes a fine, long-lasting fob. The technique is something you find over a string of attempts — as long as you cull mercilessly. I have made these for friends who have carried them for years while living in the tropics on sailboats. I have never had a complaint or a request for maintenance. I have had requests for more of them to be used as gifts, to curry favor with the local officials. In one gift you had a nice looking, useful fob — and a way to give someone a U.S. silver dollar — that didn’t look like an outright bribe.
The coin in the photo is a 20 Colone piece, from a trip to Costa Rica. The fob has done various duty over the years and has traveled long, hard miles. It still doesn’t show any appreciable wear.
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