Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Detachable Key Fob

So I was looking for a better way to carry my keys. Here was the problem. I kept all my keys on a traditional carabiner. The problem was a carabiner is that if you had multiple key rings on it, you had to remove keys until you got to right one. So I came up with this configuration.

The key fob begins with an bit of paracord knotting. I made it following the example at Stormdrane's blog: paracord key keeper. The clip is a S-biner.

For the detachable portion of the keyring, I got this type of ring, but didn't order it from the net. I'm sorry to say I got it at Walmart. The large split ring at the barrel end of the seemed too big and cumbersome so I replaced it with size 9 stainless steel split ring I got from Sport Chalet's fishing section.

Now I have a key system which allows me to detach whichever set of keys I need, and it allows me to reconfigure my key arrangement to suit the day (I don't drive everyday, so I can leave my car keys at home).

Friday, August 7, 2009

Parachute Cord (paracord) Survival Belt

I've been working on this idea which is an expansion of the paracord survival bracelet. The idea is for an accessory that one can wear which can quickly unravel to provide the useful cordage in cases of emergency. The average bracelet is made using approximately 15 to 20 feet of parachute cord. The perferred stuff is the Type III or 550 cord. This versatile cord has a breaking strength of 550 lbs.

I thought...wait...in an emergancy, you might not have time to sit around and unravel a bracelet. Also, 20 feet or cord is nice, but seems like if you were in a survival situation, you would want much more cord. I read one hiking page that recommended you carry 50 ft of 550 cord in your backpack. I came up with the idea in my mind to make an easily unwoven belt. That lead me to do some research. I came across Stromdrane's Blog which is a great source of inspiration. He lead me to the Slatt's Rescue Knot. Stromdrane did point out that the knot was very fustrating I and agree completely. Using this basic knot, I've created two different types of belts in two different sizes for a total of three different types of belts. Confused? Take a look below.

The top two rows are Slatt style belts in 1.5" and 1.25". The third row is a hybrid creation which I will discuss below.

The Slatt style belts are implementations of the Slatt's Rescue Belt, but with some differences. I've added a steel buckle, a quick release system which I installed on all the belts, and a paracord belt keeper which falls off cleanly as the belt is disassembled.

I currently have access to three different finished on the buckle.
From left to right it's antique brass, pewter, and then chrome.

Now let's talk about the hybrid belt.

I call it a hybrid belt because the core fo this belt is a Slatts Rescue knot. I found that when using 1 inch plastic hardware, the Slatts type of belt only allowed me to weave less than 40 ft before I reached the length I needed. To solve this problem I worked out an overpleat wrap that allowed me to use all 100 ft to make a usable belt. Also, this belt uses plastic hardware and nylon webbing which allows to belt to be adjustable. The buckles that I chose on this belt are cambuckles.

They can be made with side release buckles also.

Now the quick release mechanism I was talking about.

The belt is ended with a small loop of gutted paracord. The whole thing is secured with heat shrink tubing. The connection is designed that only a very strong can free the paracord. One strong pull of the loop, the entire belt will become 100ft of 550 paracord.

If you are interested in buying a belt, they are $50 + shipping. All belts are handmade by me and custom orders are encouraged (makes sure the belt is correct length). If you want a custom color, I need at least two orders in the color before I can justify the cost of buying the paracord. Email me at card1shark@gmail.com and we'll get that process rolling.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Baby Trunks Hat

So I decided to finally make that Baby Trunks hat for Kim's daughter Haley. In lew of learning how to knit, I decided to brush up on the use of a crochet hook. Youtube is amazingly helpful as was user tjw1963. Her videos made is very easy to learn basic techniques which I have long forgotten. So here's the final product:

Kim wanted the hat in red. This was the closest color I found in baby yarn. It's called Cherry Cherry. I used a J hook and Loin Brand Yarn (Vanna's Choice baby). Ya...I bought Vanna White endorsed yarn. All in all, I think I came out okay. Marisa will want one so I bought some black yarn and will probably begin construction...later.