Knives are not used only in the kitchen. You may own a combat knife, a hunting knife, or even a dagger. So what connects all of them? They are only useful if you take good care of them!
Wrapping your knife is the perfect way to keep it in the best condition possible. What’s more, it is a great way to give your old knife a new, cool look.
There are many materials with which you can wrap your knife’s handle- leather material, leather lacing, paracord, etc. Parachute cord, also known as paracord, is somewhat preferred for combat knives.
It is lightweight, affordable, and can be bought in different colors.
Leather lacing, on the other hand, scores higher in terms of durability. It does not soak up water, you won’t have to replace it that often, and it just looks super cool!
However, wrapping your knife with leather lacing requires some preparation.
How to Wrap Your Knife Handle with Leather Lacing
Leather is one of the most durable materials, especially when it comes to wrapping the handle of your knife. Leather lacing allows you to create some great patterns and turn your knife into a true work of art. First, though, follow these steps:
- Prepare the leather string
Before you start wrapping, you need to measure the length of your knife’s handle. For the simple wrap, we are going to discuss, you’ll need a string that is 5 times longer than the length of the handle. The perfect width for a leather strip is 9.52 mm.
The first thing you’ll need to do after you cut the leather string is to soak it in water. Leave it there for about thirty minutes. This is important because it will soften the string and allow you to work with it easily.
Moreover, once you finish wrapping the handle, the leather will shrink really tight on the handle as it dries. Now, once you have done that, you can go on with the next step.
- Make loops
For the basic wrap we are doing, you will need to wrap the end of the string around the handle (the side that is near the blade). Hold the string taut and use your thumb to keep the string in place while making the loop.
Then make another loop under the first one to ensure that the string remains tight as you continue.
- Tape the string
Place some grip or electrical tape around the loops you just made. You need to make sure you wrap the tape tightly so that the string does not move while you wrap it- trust us, this can be really frustrating!
- Start wrapping
When you are sure that the tape holds the string tightly, start wrapping the leather lacing around the knife handle. First, make a few tight loops around the tape itself and then move on all the way down the handle.
You have to make sure all the loops you make are close to each other (touching each other.) That way, once you are ready, the knife will look perfect, and you will have the ideal grip. Otherwise, you will have plenty of excessive lacing, and your knife won’t look good.
- Make a knot at the bottom
When you reach the bottom of your knife, make a knot that will keep the wrapped leather lacing in one place. Then run the remaining lacing under the last loop a few times until there is only one small part left, which you can cut off.
- Leave the leather to dry
Now that you are ready with the wrapping part leave the knife for a few hours (even a day) to dry. After the leather lacing dries, your knife will be ready to use.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Choosing Leather Lacing for Your Knife
Here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of leather lacing:
- Does not soak up moisture, therefore, does not give off an unpleasant odor;
- Durable- you won’t have to replace it often;
- Looks really stylish;
- Offers a secure grip.
- More expensive than paracord;
- Not as customizable as paracord.
Wrapping your knife is important if you want to prevent it from damaging and leather lacing is the best choice you can make. It will keep your knife safe and also give it a cool look.
However, wrapping may not be as easy as it sounds. Unless, of course, you follow the steps we have provided in this article!