Those knives that come with some 550 cord or as some refer as type 3 nylon wrapped around the handles? The purpose of the wrapped around a handle?
The answer is so you can grasp and hold onto the knife handle more securely. And should you find yourself in a life or death survival situation you can use the 550 cord to make a shelter, fire bow, some traps & snares, a bow & arrow and many other field crafts things.
Now there's two ways you can wrap some 550 cord around a knife handle, with or without a lanyard. But before you can begin wrapping it you’ll need to do several things…
Burn/melt both ends of the 550 cord so the outer sleeve and the inner nylon strands don't come out and unravel.
Soak it in some water for about 15 (+/-) minutes so it will stretch while it is being tightly wrapped around the handle. And then when it starts to dry it will shrink nice and tight around the handle and not come off.
If your knife came with a leather and not a plastic sheath with a snap-on button straps. You'll need to soak the knife sheath in some water for about an hour so the leather strap will stretch over and around your knife handle that is now much thicker because of the added parachute cord wrapped around it.
Submitted by Johnathon Smallwood
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