Often in some knives you see a hole in the handle and in some even in the blade and this hole serves for the passage of cables and paracords.
The paracord on the knife is useful for improving grip and working safely and keeping the knife in grip when you have advanced grips typical of Survival/Prepping techniques such as advanced batoning.
Not all knives must have the hole or holes for the paracord but according to the type of use of destination or your aesthetic taste.
My advice is never to make the hole of the paracord directly in the handle but always use a perforated pin in brass or steel to ensure that the paracord does not wear the handle that even if of hard material is still affected.
You can also use perforated pins made of colored synthetic materials to create effects that are technical and modern.
I personally do them with the 3D printer and then I bring the diameter to size.
Do not underestimate the abrasive power of the nylon of the paracord that over time would ruin it especially on some types of materials.
On some knives with particular materials of the handle, especially synthetic, some makers make the choice not to insert the pin but always check that over time there are no abrasions of the handle.
Ps. It is always a knife and some people really appreciate the signs of wear on their knife as a sign of a lived object.
Double hole for paracord
On some types of knife in addition to the paracord hole on the handle, an additional hole is inserted usually in the guard area where a second hole is inserted to be used always with the paracord to obtain a grip.
Attention I’m talking only about the photo of the paracord lace not the holes that are used to create the handle covered in paracord, they are two types of punctures and with different purposes.
Usually the paracord handle has the double function of handle and to have a paracord available in case of need.
Usually those who practice Survival have the rule that each instrument you have with you must have multiple functions and the knife already has them in itself but with the nylon rope or other material acquires a further one.
The hole on the knife and the insertion of the paracord pin
Now what is essential is to consider on the plate of the blade in the area of the handle to perform before the hardening the drilling where the perforated pin in steel or brass will pass.
Once inserted into the handle and glued the pin must be clearly leveled to the handle that will be made in the different materials / colors you have chosen but the inner part must be flared to avoid leaving a sharp edge that can consume the cord faster.
Then you need to make the internal flaring on the pin hole!
Now as you can understand the thickness of the perforated pin to have even a decent countersink must have an adequate thickness.
The paracords are 3-4 mm thick and therefore the internal hole must be adequate:
- 6 mm pin with 4 mm internal diameter
- 8 mm pin with 6 mm internal diameter
You can also make variations at the base of the handle so as not to use the perforated pin to pass the paracord.
You can take advantage of the hole on the plate of the blade and make nails in the cheeks of the handle.
They are variations to the theme for the insertion of the paracord.
Ideas that I find creative and interesting, as well as the best known one of replacing the traditional pins for mounting the handles with perforated pins.
Another way is to even use mosaic pins with a perforated element of the composition to allow you to have the function of passage of the para ore going to make the function double if not even triple (fixing / paracord / aesthetic).
The paracord hole is an element that I recommend you insert if the destination of the knife is for bushcraft, survival, prepping, hunting, or in any case for work use.
Otherwise it is an interesting aesthetic choice but that may not have any use on a certain type of knives.
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