Thursday, August 18, 2011

DIY Survival Gear - The Lanyard


Firesteel with Thumb Lanyard




Fixed Blade Tactical Knife with Hand Loop Lanyard


Lanyards are a vital part of your survival gear. They have several uses that play an important role in helping to keep your gear secure, allow it to be easily carried by attaching it to other gear and to often better control it when in use. This is a simple piece of gear that can be easily made by anyone with a piece of cordage and will help you to increase the overall security and function of your gear. In most cases, this simple and low cost method can also improve the ability to use your gear in a safer and more effective manner.





A lanyard is normally made with a simple loop of cordage which is then attached to your gear. Normally a lanyard hole is used to attach the lanyard and is often provided as an integral part of many different gear items from signal mirrors to knives or whistles.





The size of the loop in lanyard will often dictate its use or purpose. Lanyards come in all sizes. A lanyard can be made with a small loop for attaching to other gear or for use as a zipper pull on your gear bag, a larger hand loop can be used to help you to hold your knife or hiking stick more securely or it can be a loop big enough to allow carrying an item around your neck in a concealed and more secure position. A lanyard in a bright color can also be used to help you quickly locate a needed item in your pack or if dropped or lost accidentally on the trail.

Lanyards can also be easily improvised from a variety of items. A piece of string, a length of paracord, a bootlace or even a strip of leather can all be used to make a lanyard. All it really needs to function well as a lanyard is a little flexibility and enough strength to not limit its function.

Lanyards are a simple piece of gear that can be made from a wide range of materials and only requires the ability to tie a simple knot to create a vital piece of survival gear.

Got lanyard?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

7 comments:

Ted said...
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Anonymous said...

I have also read some comments which warn against lanyards in the workplace. A cord that cannot be broken can hurt you if machinery catches it and is drawn into it. So if working around dangerous machinery, remove anything (including rings / watches) which could get caught and get you hurt.

Just be careful is all I'm saying above - the original post makes very good points.

riverwalker said...

To: Ted

Your comments were not relevant to the post and will be deleted. This is not a "political" blog. While I respect the right of everyone to form and have their own opinions, unless relevant to the post they will be removed.

Thanks

RW

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 1:01

Good point! Cords, rings,watches and other items can create problems. Even your belt can get up in equipment if you aren't careful. Just need to be careful when using items of this nature. Lanyards are a tool and like all tools need to be used wisely and safely.

Thanks anon.

RW

Just Me said...

Thanks for this post. You can never have too many. I pick them up at trade shows all the time. Companies love to give them away with their logo on them. I pick them up and thank them. Then they go into my emergency kits and such. I love the ones that have the little waterproof box on them. They are intended to be used in the summer at the beach and such. I use them for little first aid kits, keeping fire-starting gear in them and other items I don't want to get wet. They can hang easily off a beach bag, a back pack or around my neck.

riverwalker said...

To: Just Me

Got a few of those little waterproof containers with a lanyard of my own.

Great gear item for those little "extras" and at a good price...FREE.

Thanks.

RW

WolfWoodWorks. said...

What knife is that?

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