These two lanyards are examples of the loop and button type:   

The "brownish" lanyard is #18 "natural"
cotton line and sports a split-loop where
the frog of the star-knot is rove through, a
short bail braid to attach to the knot and
an unfinished tail as I'm waiting to find
another bronze halliard clip (similar to the
lower lanyard so I can finish the buggar up.

The lower lanyard is a bit long and the
wrist-loop is a bit large for working aloft,
but it makes an easily used and most
impressive keychain lanyard.  Made of
#18 white polished cotton line.  (Halliard
clip not included.)

(SPECIAL ORDER ONLY)            
 $135.00
                                                 
Knife and Keychain Lanyards & Pouches
The secret to a good lanyard for a knife or a keychain is that it should be long enough to be useful, but short enough as not to get in the
way when you're trying to work aloft.  The last thing you need is a long lanyard getting itself tangled in the rigging when you're up the
mast.  A good lanyard can help you obey the rule of, "One Hand For The Ship And One Hand For Yourself."  Also for that reason, you
don't want a lanyard which has a large fixed loop on the wrist end that could (should you come adrift your footing and fall) keep you
hung up by the wrist.  All too many seamen walk around with various appendages missing, and you don't really need to personally
contribute to the "Cap'n Hook mystique"!

Therefore,  my lanyards are built along the lines taught to me by Bos'un Cross when I was a small bouy, and a version of which I found
in the most excellent book, "
The Rigger's Apprentice" by Brion Toss.  (Brion is a sailor and ship's rigger who lives in the Port Townsend,
WA  area and you may take his word as you would
"Holy Writ" in things seafaring and nautical. )

The purpose of the lanyard is to provide a way to close-hold a tool aloft with the option of being able to easily get your wrist out of the
loop:  this is accomplished by using a star-knot button and braided loop.  

Under most circumstances, the star-knot button/loop combination is more than adequately secure for working aloft and securing a
knife, a marlingspike or any other tool you don't wish to drop, either on the Skipper's unsuspecting head or over the side, with the
added advantage that if YOU start downwards toward the deck and the tool you have attached to the lanyard becomes somehow
entangled, the star-knot will let go BEFORE you resemble the aforementioned piratical amputee.  Works for me!

They can be supplied with a long braided terminal loop for securing a knife or other tool which has at least a 3/8" hole drilled thru it or
which is provided with a bail,  a short terminal loop for use with a split-ring for attaching the above or a set of keys or be made up
directly to the bail of a halliard clip or seeing-eye (thumb-type) clip to make it more readily interchangeable for tools.  The halliard clip
below is fairly hefty and you might want to use a simple carabiner or "seeing-eye" clip in it's place.   
I now supply a
chrome-plate "seeing-eye" clip as standard unless otherwise instructed.  
Brass is available on order.

Materials available are #15 coton laid line which makes an excellent knife/tool lanyard. In "ecru" or natural cotton color, it WILL get dirty
quickly but if you toss it into a gym sock it can go thr the washer with impugnity.  Also used is a 1.4 or 1.8mm polycover/nylon core line
which produces a superior lanyard for strength and which also can be washed quite easily.

Lanyards can also be made up with all star-knots or a combination of star-knots and turksheads.  All star-knots is, of course, trickier,
but you'll probably never see anyone else with one like it.  Very impressive.

Standard length is 14", not including the wrist loop and all have a variety of "fancies" as part of the construction.   Terminal ends, unless
ordered as (1) long or short loop or (2) made up to a halliard clip or seeing-eye clip will be finished with a small thimble to reduce
chafing and supplied with a small brass shackle to attach to the bail of a knife.

"Special orders don't upset us", to quote the old ad jingle.  If you want something not shown or made of some other material, you have
but to
ASK.


I also make knife lanyards along the lines of the Boatswain's Lanyards, except with a clip or thimble/shackle instead of the "call loop"
and in the strop length you desire... You may want this long enough to reach your pants' pocket or short enough that the knife just
"hangs" on your chest.  Please see the diagramme and look at some examples of braids available on that page, then hit your
browser's "BACK" button to return to this page...    


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Here's that top lanyard made up
directly to a halliard clip.

WARNING! The halliard clip shown is
HEAVY (about 3oz!) and needs a
strong beltloop for attachment!
EMAIL ME

This lanyard is of #18 natural colour medium -laid
cotton line and is one of the fancier of the ones
I routinely make.  

It has a long braided terminal loop for attachment to
whatever tool you wish to use or you can simply
reeve a split- ring through it  for holding keys or
attaching a knife's bail.    (Halliard clip not
included.)          
 
(S[ECIAL ORDER ONLY)                    $155.00  

(This one has all-star-knot construction.)  
Click any pic for a larger verzion
Four examples of the key-style lanyard with a "seeing-eye"
snap-clip in chromed metal.  

Note that all four are of slightly differing details, although
the general design is the same throughout.

(Let's face it.... I rarely do two things the same way!)


$125.00    @, including clip.   2-day leadtime.

$135.00    w/ brass clip instead of chromed metal.
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Knife Pouches and Lanyards
For those who appreciate something a bit more unusual, here are some knife pouches and special lanyards.   
Warning!  THESE are SPENDY!  Made of Cotton or poly-nylon line in squareknotting (macrame) they are as
traditional a look as you're ever likely to get next to in this life.  

They are primarily intended for the person who really wants an eye-popper for wear and (I hope!) for daily use.

The knives are almost all Camillus single-blade marlin-spike (or "rigger's) knives.  Since Camillus went out of business in 2007, these
are being snapped up by "collectors" (read, speculators) and those who love and respect them as tools have a smaller and smaller pool
of them available.  I get them wherever I can, and either have them restored (if required) or "retire" those which have developed
irreparable blade or spike "wobbles".

(
See my Knife Rant at bottom of page!)

The lanyards are done of 1.4mm poly/nylon in white  or #15 cotton.  (Hand-laid #9 cotton codline which I have made especially for the
task is available at extra cost.)  No two ever look alike although I will "make to order" as far as the "fancies" you may wish on them.  
Standard is 14" long with three (03) "fancies".  (Unless I get carried away again...)

Ordering a set results in a considerable discount.


Pouches are available to fit the Camillus (standard) or can be made larger (at additional cost) or smaller to fit your own favourite
folding knife.  (At present, I am not making sheaths for "fixed" blade knives, as I feel those should be of leather, and I don't do
leather, although I'll "fancy  up" your existing sheath!)  All pouches come with a clinch ring to attach a snap-clip.

Lanyards as shown above can be made of any length and are now made with the thimble eye and a brass shackle for attachment
to the knife and
either the star-knot wrist loop (left) or with a brass trigger-clip to attach to your pouch's gripe point.   (I know, I know,  
the ones shown are silver...)

EMAIL me if you want to get an immediate price quote or if you have specialized needs you''d like filled.
A white 9-knot pouch in nylon with a design in flap and body to
accommodate from a 5-1/2" to a 4-1/2" length Meyerchin or Camillus
type rigging knife.  (Closure loop secures to a star knot in flap tip and
has a pull braided to it,  case has a "clip point" for the trigger-snap type
lanyard to secure to.   Belt loops on reverse (not shown).

$340.00 in white polycord or colors.  These take about twenty-five to
thirty hours to do. No charge for ugly hand pictures.
Knife, case and lanyard as a set..... $520.00
Cases:  5 knot (slim) cotton ....  $250.00
      7 knot (wide) cotton ...  $290.00
      7 knot (slim) nylon....     $290.00
      9 knot (wide) cotton....  $340.00
      9 knot (wide) nylon...     $340.00

Knife and lanyard w/o case... $260.00
(lanyard can be either permanently attached to knife
bail or made with shackle and thimble as shown below)

Lanyards alone with eye and shackle
attachment....   $160.00

"Fancies" incorporated into design... please ask for
quote.  ALL pouches will have belt loops for 2.5" belt
width unless specifically requested for larger/smaller
belts
In progress...
"Don't LOOK at me!  I'm NUDE!"
Click on any picture
to see a
larger sized verzion!
KNIFE RANT:

Not everyone can afford a Meyerchin knife, or a Case XX rigger or be lucky enough to get a good old Camillus in
working condition.  It's a fact of life... good knives cost money.  Many folks wil try to "get by" with a "knock-off" of
the classics, and sometimes they're o.k., BUT:

Recently there has been a spate of Chinese and Pakistani import knives which are a bit unusual... at first glance
they look like good-quality merchandise as oposed to the crud that used to be imported from China and
Pakistan.  Some effort has been put into assembly and finishing, but they are still (IMHO) mostly VERY
dangerous tools to rely on.  

One in particular, a brand called "Rough Rider", is damn near murderous.  The marlinspike "sailor's knife"
version is very pretty, but the spike
only seems to lock into place.  At the first sign of a good pressure on it, it
upsets it's detent block and will close on your fingers faster than you can say "amputation".   It is a complete
loser of a knife.

DO NOT buy or use (if you already bought) this item... it is deadly.

WHENEVER you buy a rigging knife be SURE to test the locking mechanisim and be sure you can easily open
and close the blade and spike and that they will STAY open or closed as desired!
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More Ornate items
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(Two-piece pouch in 7-knot cotton)
(
add $40 as shown)
One piece pouch extra large for Myerchin A300.  
"Clinch" rings are now standard equipment for
all one-piece pouches.
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Example of a large Myerchin set:

B-300 folder with spike on a 31" lanyard with brass seeing-eye clip and brass thimbles to prevent wear to the
lanyard's eyes.  Brass shackle attaches knife to lanyard.  Pouch is of 9-knot (4.2" x 6.5" closed) square-knot
construction with some detailing in the face of the pouch, a star-knot closure, belt loops in rear and two clipping
points for a snap or seeing-eye shackle.

Assembly complete
$600.00... color of your choosing.

Pouch and lanyard/shackles/clip LESS knife (should you have your own) is
$440.00
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