As TM readers know, I recently added a new Swiss Army Pioneer to my knife collection. But something was missing from what otherwise would be a completely sweet utility knife – a lanyard or “pull-tail.” Truthfully, some people dig lanyards and some don’t. I love them on larger work knives because they make the knife easier to find in your pocket with a gloved hand. If you’re a “lanyard dude,” too, here’s an uber-simple process to make one for your knife.
Let’s get to it:
Though you can make a lanyard can from almost anything, I’ve always opted for leather. It’s classic, it feels good in your hand, and it’s very rugged. So for the new Pioneer lanyard I went with black suede leather.
After selecting a material, you need to consider style. Some folks enjoy creating an ostentatious display of knot tying skill, but I prefer a simple and more elegant approach to tethering my blades — which you can accomplish in about two minutes.
First, find a piece of material you can work with. There’s no hard and fast rule, but a good guideline for a suitable size of starting material is roughly 2-1/2 times the length of the knife when closed and thin enough that two pieces will pass easily through the lanyard ring.
Fold the strip in half.
Run the looped end through the lanyard ring.
Run the two “tails” through the loop you created and pull them tight. This will result in the leather being hooked to the lanyard ring as shown.
Tie a simple over-and-through knot on the other (read: loose) end remembering to leave a bit on of the tails sticking out the back end of the knot.
Place the lanyard flat against the spine of the knife and look at the length. I like the lanyard to wind up with the tip of the tails at about 3/4 of the knife’s overall length. Of course, you feel free to customize it however you please. Retie the knot as needed to get your desired length.
When you’re happy with the length, snip off the excess tails. At this point, your lanyard is complete and you’re ready to go.
There’s really nothing to it and you can always remove it if you decide that lanyards aren’t for you. But if you’ve never tried it, I urge you to give it a go.