Sunday, November 16, 2014

Paracordist How to Tie the Two-Color Ladder Rack Paracord Bracelet w/ "D" Shackle

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I'm happy to finally offer this follow up to my most viewed video of all time: Paracordist's_How_To_Make_the_Ladder_Rack_Knot_Paracord_Bracelet_using_the_Ultimate_Jig   In addition to the popularity of that video, the most repinned pin on all of my Pinterest boards is also a ladder rack bracelet variant (two colored).

After years of feedback, requests and comments I finally pulled together this video.

I've added a few "twists", if you will, to make this more than just a how to on adding a second color to the basic tie. 

First, I've shown the design tweaks  required to utilize an adjustable Paracord Bracelet "D" Shackle w/ adjuster as the bracelet closure (the original video used side release plastic buckles). After watching this and my original video, you could easily translate the two color design to a side release buckle or a Paracord Bracelet "Bow" Shackle w/ adjuster. If you'd like to purchase individual buckles of different types and sizes to make your own, please see our full array at the Buckles, Shackles, Scrapers and Toggles section of my website. 

The second "bonus" element of this video is how to join two ends of paracord together in the most secure low profile manner. This brilliant technique is known as the "Manny Method" for joining 550 cord, named after Manual Zambrano, its creator.

Third is the use of the Quick Buckle Jig. This incredibly versatile tool has been offered by Paracordist Creations for a little while now. This video gives you the first glimpse of how easy it is to use, and how to configure it for the use of metal shackles and precise sizing. 

Finally, I've added a video chapters slide to the beginning. I've made use of YouTube annotations to hotlink the chapters so users can jump directly to the part of the video that most interests them. I recognize that my audience consists of both beginners and advanced users. I often get requests from people who wish I would "get to the point" rather than do as much explanation as I typically do. Now they can simply jump straight to the Tie. What if you came to this video because you wanted to learn how to join two pieces of Paracord? No need to wait, jump right to that. Are you a beginner? Do you want to hear everything I've got to say, about setting up the jig, determining the right wrist size utilizing the tools? If that's you, then just sit back watch and enjoy the show. I haven't seen anyone do this before so I think I'm breaking new ground.

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Written by Kevin Gagne

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Video in Progress - How to Tie the Two Color Paracord Ladder Rack Bracelet

You may have seen my YouTube channel's most viewed paracord video: Paracordist's_How_To_Make_the_Ladder_Rack_Knot_Paracord_Bracelet_using_the_Ultimate_Jig  It currently has over 1.2 million views! I've started laying out my newest video which will teach you how to tie the two colored ladder rack bracelet with a metal shackle. This video will demonstrate a truly innovative and most effective method for joining paracord as part of the process. Additionally, I'll show how to use the Quick-Buckle Paracord Survival Bracelet Jig to make the whole process very  simple!

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Written by Kevin Gagne

Friday, October 17, 2014

Awesome feedback is pouring in from all over the world on my latest video

The amazing feedback is pouring in from all over the world. People are successfully learning the turks head knot from my new video! 

"The new video is fantastic. I have been trying to tie the THK for more than five months now - seen all video tutorials and end up more confused than when I start. I watched your video with the amazing jig and it all seemed to fall into place. Being 65 years old things just do not sink in to my mind but now I see the 'rotation' clearly. I am so grateful for your video. I will be ordering a jig as soon as I can... Once again, many many thanks. NigelB."

In the plainspoken, easy-to-understand style that I've become known for I bring you the one and only video you'll ever need to tie a long Turks head knot in any combination of bites and leads. Cover your axes your hatchets your broom handle's your tools, your children - you  name it you can do it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paracordist How to Tie the Long Turks Head Knot - for DUMMIES

In my recent blog "Paracordist Video Announcement - New Turks Head Knot Jig and Video Series", I  showcased the "The Perfect Turks Head Mandrel Jig". This incredibly versatile knot tying tool was used to tie the 4 bight turks head seen below on the "Ring Your - Bell Rope" paracord blackjack.
I announced my intent to re-do a comprehensive how to on tying the "long turks head" knot. My intention was to take constructive feedback from viewers of my original multipart series on understanding the long Turks head knot, and make a new video that would:

  1. Utilize the Perfect Turks Head Mandrel / Jig to demonstrate a turks head knot with a minimal number of leads. Use a cord color that contrasted well with the mandrel, good lighting and a neutral background to minimize distraction.
  2. Use video titles to highlight the important "rules" rather than rely upon YouTube annotations which are invisible on some viewing platforms.
  3. Focus on what you need to know to do this knot yourself, in any number of wraps/leads/bights. The video would NOT be about following each of my steps mindlessly.
Well friends, I'm happy to announce that I've published the video that does all that and much much more! I've implemented the "already controversial" school bell sound at key points in the video to give you an HD "slap" in the head, a "wake up" and pay attention signal that is only slightly less abrasive than a slap on the knuckles by a Catholic school nun (personal experience). I did this because I wanted the call attention to the most overlooked yet most critical points in my first series - rules that if not adhered to will result in certain failure. I've expanded my video editing skills and included some cool picture in picture elements and an awesome "outtro" at the end of the video which provides hot links to very important RELATED videos to round our your knowledge of planning and tying turks head knots. Knife and hatchet wraps, tool handles, hiking staff, keychains and countless other projects are now within your reach.

I believe that this is my most effective Paracordist video ever! All you need in one simple video to master the "long" turks head knot in ANY size. Finally, understand the knot in such a way that you can easily tie any variation! Best part - IT’S FREE OF COURSE. I’m so confident that you’ll find it the best, most comprehensive and easy to understand how to video you’ve seen on tying the long turks head knot that I’m offering a no strings attached money back guarantee!

Without further delay, I present to you Paracordist How to Tie the Long Turks Head Knot - for DUMMIES

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Written by Kevin Gagne

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Check out this prototype of the Paracordist's "MaceJack".

Here is something I tied up last night. Had some thoughts in my head since doing the recent video Paracordist Impact Weapons, Paracord Monkeys Fists VS. Blackjacks and Saps ( Decided to get a prototype going. Here's how it works, briefly:

Draw the keys and paracord monkeys fist in close to the spring loaded, turks head covered handle (made and transfered quite easily with the Perfect Turks Head Mandrel / Jig ( Next, insert thumb and wrap lanyard securely around wrist and voila - blackjack!

....Or draw the handle back along the 550 cord to the opposite end of the keys and monkey fist and you have a paracord  Mace! 

I've found that the wrap-around nature of the turks head brings tremendous stiffness to the spring. The spring size and stiffness used in this prototype is thus major overkill; to the extent that much of the desired spring is gone. In my next evolution I'll use a smaller diameter spring. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Customer uses Quick Release Keychain Bola to thwart a knife wielding attacker!

Got this great feedback from a customer (who is also a police officer) that used my Quick Release Keychain Bola to thwart a knife wielding attacker! 

"I keep items on my belt for defense but it was cold and I had a heavy jacket on. I knew I never be able to reach for anything under that coat, so I kept your bolo keychain in the hand warmer pocket. I pulled in for gas at a station about 0400 hours, it was cold & foggy. This guy in a sweat jacket with the hood on comes running up with something shinny in his hand, yelling "I want your wallet you fat..." By that time I had pulled out the bolo & swung at his hand, hit the forearm and forcing his hand/arm down. That's when I saw the large kitchen knife (7" blade). I brought my hand back, swinging the bolo backhanded to the guy's temple. That made him drop the knife and reach for his head. I swung back forward and hit the other temple, giving me a chance to pull up my jacket and badge him. Called it it and subject was booked. I was on my way for duty, running late (roll call/briefing is at 0500 hours. Got a little grief for using the bolo keychain but that's all. Never get to use it as a bolo yet, by the way. ��"

Paracordist Impact Weapons, Paracord Monkeys Fists VS. Blackjacks and Saps video is live

In this recent blog, I teased the imminent release of part one of a smashing new video! The waiting is over - Paracordist Impact Weapons, Paracord Monkeys Fists VS. Blackjacks and Saps video is live! Many of the paracord monkeys fist self-defense keychain creations you see today are based on designs such as my "doorknocker" or "battering ram" and the "monkeys fist keychain". The great benefit that all these have in common, is that they are inconspicuous. That is, they fit right in with your keys and don't raise any eyebrows as being a weapon. The importance of this cannot be overlooked, because in most places you may may possess a blackjack or sap but not carry it in public (but that doesn't mean you can't have one of these super powerful close quarters combat weapons on your bedside table). The monkeys fist key chain, conversely, is very decorative and blends in nicely with other "bobbles" on the average person's keychain. Countless times I have placed my entire set of keys with other typical pocket contents in the trays at the airport and - had them handed back to me on the other side.  With certainty, I can say you would not be able to do this with the blackjack or sap!

As you might expect, most positives are offset by negatives, and that is no different in this case! Most monkeys fist keychain designs typically include some length of paracord braid or sinnet. While the handle portion can be stiff to varying degrees depending on the braid/sinnet style, it is unlikely that  550 cord alone will be stiff enough to prevent blowback of the weighted end from hitting the users wrist arm or hand. For this reason, it is important for a user/owner of any self defense tool to understand its limitations, inform themselves of techniques that will mitigate the danger of injury, and perhaps most importantly practice practice practice. Start slow, simple, light weight and proceed with caution. Watch this video to see how, and to see a few night stand "nighty night" blackjacks I made for myself. 

Each weapon is introduced along with its weight in ounces, then striking technique is demonstrated against a 100 lb heavy bag. This is also my first experience working with two camera angles and the specialty editing required. I'm happy with the results (except for the backlight!). I look forward to implementing the dual-camera work into future videos.

Don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel so you are notified when the Part II video comes out - smashing more gallon jugs of water with these different items. Until then, this old video Paracordist's: Monkey's Fist knot lanyard smashes gallon of water, Martial Arts Self Defense will show you the difference in power between a 1" steel ball and a 1.5" steel ball on the Steel Saints Motorcycle Riding Lanyard!

Written by Kevin Gagne