Sunday, June 14, 2015

Paracordist's Expanded Perfect Mandrel Turks Head Knot Product Line!

Learn More About the Perfect Mandrel

Hello my friends! Just wanted to let everyone know that we launched a new video discussing our expanded line of Perfect Mandrels. We have added smaller diameters 1/2", 3/4" and 1". These turks head knot tying tools are made to the same exacting specifications as our original (and still available) 1-1/4" diameter model. Now you can tie turks head knots for handles of smaller diameter items, and transfer them while minimizing the amount of slack to be removed. The closer you can form the knot to the finished size, the easier the dressing will be and more professional your final product! Get your Perfect Mandrel now!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paracordist - proud holder of Utility Patent No.: US 8,925,348 "Survival Bracelet"

Chalk one up for the "little guy"! I am now the proud holder of Utility Patent No.: US 8,925,348 "Survival Bracelet"! My message to those with greater resources who took my idea and tried to cash in and even patent it as their own - you failed. 

Get the original, get the best. We put survival into the "survival" bracelet.

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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 Visit my first Ladder Rack Video!

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.