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#215907 - 01/29/11 05:31 PM Paracord self defense lanyard
kevingg Offline

Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 442
Loc: NH
I'll be doing a vid on this but for now here's pics. This uses 20' of black and 12' od. The steel bearing is 1.5" & weighs almost 1/2 pound. Sliding adjuster allows anywhere from 18" overall to 34"

#215908 - 01/29/11 05:45 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 851
Loc: Southern California
A paracord slungshot. Kinda cool, and probably hurts like heck when you get beaned.cry Just don't take it out in public. New Hampshire, and a lot of other states, don't like those.


EDIT: How did you get the ball bearing to stay put inside the monkeysfist? I tried making one using a large marble, and I couldn't get it to stay put when I was taking up the slack.
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

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#215909 - 01/29/11 05:55 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: Mark_R]
kevingg Offline

Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 442
Loc: NH
With doug ritters helP that wAs overturned last yeAr in nh. I worked the monkey fist little by little with 8 passes so to completely cover. I also shrunk in boiling water then next to me heat to finalize

#215919 - 01/29/11 09:15 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 1167
Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
Another amazing project. The workmanship is excellent.
The man got the powr but the byrd got the wyng

#215921 - 01/29/11 10:16 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
ponder Offline

Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 367
Loc: American Redoubt
Very well done.

A customer came in with another great idea you might try. He had a section of nylon web tubing that a roll of quarter fit into. Without the quarters, it appeared as a very nice key lanyard.

He stated that when flying, he kept the roll of quarters with some other parking meter money in his brief case.
Cliff Harrison
Horseshoe Bend, ID
American Redoubt
N43.9668 W116.1888

#215922 - 01/29/11 10:25 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: ponder]
kevingg Offline

Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 442
Loc: NH
Cliff I've travelled with long tube socks and a roll of quarters with the same idea in mind. Thanks!

#215927 - 01/29/11 11:32 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
Nice monkey fist. The metal being smooth and entirely covered, unlikely to scratch delicate topsides, makes such a unit ideal for attachment to a throwing line for both rescue and boating use.

Hint, usually you will want to try to throw over your target. Bouncing a half-pound lump off a drowning person's skull tends to change the nature of the call. On the up side, they tend to make a lot less noise and thrash around less.

You might try a half-pound lead, or less toxic bismuth, sinker. Same weight but a little less pocket filling.

My favorite for weighted defense devices is a pair of discount store knee-high nylon socks, one inside the other, and a considerable weight of lead shot or BBs. An interesting variation is to substitute a pound of dried beans. Shot or beans have a knock-on effect because they don't rebound on impact.

You can wear the socks and make soup of the beans.

I once used a sock full of dried beans to true up a vertical mill when my usual hammer got left behind.

#215942 - 01/30/11 02:40 AM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
haertig Offline

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2029
Loc: Colorado
That's quite cool looking. But I wouldn't want to count on it for self protection. You are dependant on the bad guy playing by your rules. They have to stay back away from you by just the right amount, present their unprotected head for a clean shot, and keep their arms down so it doesn't just harmlessly wrap around a few times. Most criminals aren't very smart and probably wouldn't figure this out, but stepping forward *towards* you would completely defeat this device.

#215952 - 01/30/11 05:59 AM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
ireckon Offline

Registered: 04/01/10
Posts: 1629
Loc: Northern California
Yeah, that looks cool. However, I wouldn't carry it as a self-defense device. Real attacks tend to be lightning quick, chaotic and without rules. When I think about defense, I imagine that somebody is already within the process of attacking me violently. The attacker, who has the advantage of making the first move, could easily neutralize this device. Again, it does look cool though.
If you're reading this, it's too late.

#215963 - 01/30/11 12:31 PM Re: Paracord self defense lanyard [Re: kevingg]
Doug_Ritter Offline


Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 1961
Originally Posted By: kevingg
With doug ritters helP that wAs overturned last yeAr in nh.

Not exactly. Knife Rights helped remove the prohibition on switchblades (switch knives), dirks, daggers and stilettos. The rest remains to be dealt with by someone else. As to whether this would be illegal, that is subject to interpretation. Put it on a short lanyard as a key chain, and you probably have a much better case in that regard. Disclaimer: IANAL
Doug Ritter
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