How to Make a Knife Lanyard or Utility Fob from Paracord

Learn how to make an awesome knife lanyard from paracord. Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope that was originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes.  It’s also known as 550 cord, which means it has a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds.  It is often used by the military and campers and has even been used in space by astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. This article will walk you step by step through the process of making a knife lanyard or utility fob with paracord.

The idea is to store paracord for future use (like paracord bracelets) on your knife.  You can even add a clip on one end and make it into a key chain.  In this article, I’ll show you how to weave the basic pattern and you’ll end up with a short woven fob which can be unravelled to make a utility cord or a longer lanyard for the knife.

Items Needed


If you don’t have any paracord, here’s great option from Amazon that’s cheap and not neon-colored!

Paracord 550 Kit - Five Colors (Olive Drab, ACU, Woodland Camo, Desert Camo, & Black) 100 Feet Total w/10 3/8

Preparation Step

You need to know what color or colors you want as well as how long you want the lanyard to be. For every measurable inch, you will need one foot of material. (i.e. 4” lanyard requires 4’ of paracord.) You also want to add an extra inch or two to keep you from coming up short at the end of the project.

Step One: Put Cords Threw Hole

After you cut your paracord to the correct length, you need to thread the cord through the knife hole as such:

Threat the paracord threw the hold in your knife.
Thread the paracord through the hold in your knife.

Step Two: Loop the Cords

Find the center of both cords and loop cord B over cord A twice as such:

Loop the cords.
Loop the cords.

Step Three: Cross one Pair of Cords

Pull cord A side 2 over the first loop and through the second loop. Another way to say this is, take one side of cord A, place it on top of the first loop and inside the second loop so that it is now on the same side of the knife as the other end of cord A.

Cross Cord A side 2 to Cord A side 1
Cross Cord A side 2 to Cord A side 1.

Step Four: Repeat for Other Side

Repeat with Cord A side 1 so that, now, both ends of Cord A are on opposite sides of the knife.

Looping the other side of Cord A so that Cord A's ends are on different sides of the knife.
Looping the other side of Cord A so that Cord A’s ends are on different sides of the knife.

Step Five: Tighten Base

Tighten all four strings as this will be the base of the rest of our lanyard.

Tighten the 4 strings. Very important or else rest of lanyard might look weird.
Tighten the 4 strings. Very important or else rest of lanyard might look weird.

Step Six: The Loop

Loop Cord B and thread Cord A end 1 and end 2 again. Basically, you are doing steps 1 through 5 over again on the other string. Repeat the process until you are at your desired length.

Repeat steps 1-5 until you are satisfied.
Repeat steps 1-5 until you are satisfied.

Step Seven: Leave Last Threat Loose

Now to finish it off you will repeat the loops and thread one more time but DO NOT TIGHTEN.

Stop here and do not tighten the last loop.
Stop here and do not tighten the last loop.

Step Eight: Threat Excess Cord Threw Middle

Now thread one side of the protruding cords and thread them across and up through the middle of the knot as so:

Thread the remaining paracord through the middle of the loop.

Step Nine: Finishing the Ending

Repeat on all four sides and tighten slowly. Guide the knot towards the lanyard as close as you can get it. When it is tight enough cut the remainder cord. You can burn the ends of the paracord with a lighter to make sure it won’t fray.

Close the last loop, cut off excess, and burn with a lighter.

Finished Knife Lanyard

Finished product!
Finished product!

The finished lanyard should look just like the one pictured above. You can use this lanyard for knives, machetes, balisong, and anything else you don’t want to lose. Read about the pocket knife that was featured in the photos.


Save up to 50% on your new knife at BladeHQ

We have partnered with BladeHQ to offer the best deals on high-quality knives for our readers. The deals are always changing so click the button below to shop today.

Recent Posts

MKM Normar Review

MKM Normar Review

Introduction The MKM Normar is a fantastic bushcraft knife that truly shines in outdoor tasks as well as having utility indoors. The full-tang blade made from CPM 3V steel gives the knife excellent strength and durability, and the scandi grind is perfect for slicing through various materials with ease. The blade’s belly is ample and ... Read more

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Hawkbill Blade Knife.

There are different tools and equipment that we typically require to use in various situations in our lives. Knives are one such type of tool that is essential for multiple purposes. Whether for general kitchen usage or survival purposes, you need to select a knife that is ideal for the given situation in which it ... Read more
what is the best knife to cut meat

Best Knife to Cut Meat of 2022: Complete Reviews With Comparisons

Some of the sharpest kitchen knives in existence are meat cutting knives. That said, you can’t expect them to give their best cutting performance throughout the course of their service. If you’ve ever owned a kitchen knife for cutting meat before (and you likely have), you know they’re not built to last. Make sure to ... Read more
best ceramic knives for your kitchen

Best Ceramic Knives of 2022: Complete Reviews With Comparisons

While they aren’t a replacement for tough steel knives, ceramic knives are versatile and ideal for any kitchen. They are razor-sharp, rust-proof, and featherweight and are relatively inexpensive. If you’re shopping around for the best ceramic knives, then you have come to the right place. We reviewed 5 of the leading ceramic knife sets on ... Read more
what is a boning knife used for

What Is a Boning Knife Used For: Getting to Know This Handy Tool

Having a tool in your kitchen is essential, but the same tool becomes worthless if you don’t know how to use it effectively. Knives are the same; different types make your tasks easier only if you know what each type is best for. That’s why it’s vital to find out what is a boning knife ... Read more
best boning knife of 2022

Best Boning Knife of 2022: Complete Reviews With Comparisons

With a quality curved boning knife, you can break down fish and meat efficiently on your own and save money. In some knives, you even get the bonus of a filleting function where you can separate the meat fish from bone with relative ease. On that note, here are five of the best boning knife ... Read more

Looking for something specific?

4 thoughts on “How to Make a Knife Lanyard or Utility Fob from Paracord”

  1. I get my 150 ft 550 lb black paracord in 2 days (Amazon Prime style) along with a Schrade SCHF45 Leroy. I currently have the Schrade SCHF28 lil’ Ricky. It found its way to my “Go to” knife though I have 47 others, about half of which are custom. That aside, I wish for your braided style to slip over my wrist in a fancy look with this functionality. How do I transition the braid into a wrist lanyard?

  2. Nice job Peter, but isn’t this a fob? In my mind a lanyard is longer and would allow your knife to be clasped to something and/or attach to your wrist.

    I collect knives but am new to the lanyard thing’ Dave Clifton


Leave a Comment