How to Make a Knife Lanyard or Utility Fob from Paracord

Peter Stec
January 25, 2021

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


IMPORTANT

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.
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.
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.

 

About The Author
Hey Knife Up gang! I'm Pete, and I'm just another man like you in a small rural town who loves the outdoors as much as the other million internet users that cruise sites like KnifeUp.com every day. The difference is that I like to share what I know and research what I don't totally know so that YOU can have all the info you need to feel confident and prepared for all things outdoors-related! And, for those who care, I have 42 years of wilderness canoeing and bushcraft experience in Northern Ontario and spend most of my Summers covered in mosquitos and fish slime, but hey, it's a lifestyle choice, eh?

4 comments 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

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