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First paracord wrap on my SFA

Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by Kona9, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Kona9

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    I debated whether or not to order a leather collar for my SFA but decided to try my hand at a paracord wrap. Grabbed some that I won in the GAW a few weeks back. I think it is 750 paracord as it seems thicker than normal 550. Not really sure if it will hold up but I only spent about ten minutes on it. What do you think?
     

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    I would think that leather would be more protective. Do you think that it will prevent the wood from cracking from an over strike?
     
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    Well that is the goal, to protect the wood as opposed to naked. For all I know it could get torn up or unravel on my first outing.
     
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    Looks good even if it doesn't work.
     
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    I agree. There is also the point of having some emergency cordage available if needed...
     
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    It appeared to be tight, but came loose the other night when I was handling the axe. I was more or less trying to make it fail just to see how much effort was needed. It wasn't too much. I think if I do it again, I will need to put something sticky underneath to keep it from moving. That or use some waxed line of some sort. Still a WIP.
     
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    How about leather cord?
     
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    Nice work!
     
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    If you can get the Paracord wet with hot water as hot as you can handle.
    It will shrink when it drys.
     
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    Nice suggestions guys. I already have the paracord so
    I might try putting it in hot water. I might also experiment with 550 as I'd imagine that would stretch more than the 750 I originally used.
     
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    Was reading an article on waxing paracord earlier today, basically dip it in melted beeswax then do your wrap. This came from the paracord guild website. I've never done it but I imaging it would stiffen it. I would use a heat gun or blow dryer to keep it pliable while working. As for something underneath it I use hockey grip tape. I used to use friction tape from lowes but the quality has gone down the crapper. A good roll of grip tape can be had in many colors for around $8 a roll. Probably 2 or 3 times the amount on a roll of electrical tape. I just put it on underneath and the paracord doesn't move. I did a cord wrap on a hiking stick made from a converted broom handle. (It was slick and the cord just slipped right down the shaft.) I put the grip tape on and re-tied it and no slipping. The tape in enough layers (3-5 up and down) can also add padding to help with overstrike, be used as a tinder extender, emergency tape/first aid, etc...
     
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    When wrapping with cord I tie one end to something that won't move and start the wrap on my project. Pulling against the cordage with both hands as I rotate the thing being wrapped. It will spool on evenly and be very tight. I finish by tucking under the last few wraps. Make any sense? HTH
     
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    Great suggestions guys! I'll be sure to follow them when I get a chance to try this again.
     
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    I have done this before and it came off quickly when I had an over strike. It's nice to see these tips.
     
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    I wonder if the wax would help with it coming off on an overstrike, my idea is it would harden and "glue" the paracord together. I'll probably need to test this when I have time. Unless someone beats me to it that is.
     
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    Did the same thing on my SFA , took me a few times to get it tight still holding up strong I use the 550 paracord what I did I burn the end of the paracord where I tight the knot and it help !!

    ill post a picture tonight !

     
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    the thing that I have found in wraps and monkey fist is to put it in boiling water AFTER your done. Don't do it before or during. That just makes things harder. If you boil it after, the cord will conform much better and be tight as a rock.
     
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    As far as paracord vs leather wrap. I can't see a good paracord job being any less durable than leather.
     
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    The way I see it the paracord has a little thickness to it and a little give so in theory it should absorb some of the impact.
     
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    I've got quite a few of my small hatchets and one of my Hawks wrapped like this and it works very well for protection from over strikes. It also doesn't seem to shred up as bad as leather on particularly bad over strikes.

    I wrap as tight as I can get it, then after you pull the end up thru, I use super glue with a brush applicator and smear some on the first two or three of the rows of cord, just on top, and it holds them from separating and keeps them from moving around. It will also still let you remove the cordage and use it as well, but a small bit may be unusable.

    Just a small insurance policy to keep the cordage where it should be. This also works for wrapping a knife handle in cordage as well.
     
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