The Easiest Paracord Handle Wrap You Can Make

Paracord has seemingly limitless applications. It’s terrific cordage for setting up a shelter, making traps, and even utilitarian purposes like attaching stuff to your pack or tethering critical gear to your person to prevent loss.

It can even be woven into things like paracord bracelets and knife handles…

knife with a paracord handle
knife with a paracord handle

I particularly like Paracord for knife handles because it’s durable, inexpensive, offers a good grip in all conditions, and it lets you carry just a little bit more paracord on your person.

If you already have paracord, you can replace a busted handle easily if you know what to do.

But that’s the trick: many Paracord weaves are intricate, time-consuming, and easy to screw up. Not so with this incredibly simple variation I’m about to show you!

If you’ve always wanted to do your own paracord handle wrap but we’re too intimidated to try, this is the best place to start.

Caution: Securely Cover the Blade of Your Tool

Before you do anything else, make sure the blade of your tool- knife, hatchet, or something else- is securely sheathed or covered.

If you don’t have a sheath or edge protector, you can easily make one using a few sheets of paper folded over a few times and then secured with duct tape.

If you drop your tool or if the cordage snags, you can be badly cut during this procedure!

I know you get tired of hearing it, but remember, safety first!

This Wrap is Designed for “2-Hole” Handles

One more thing. This wrap is designed specifically for 2-hole handles. That means you’ll need one hole at the back end or bottom of the handle and another farther along the handle near the handguard or at the end of the gripping surface.

So long as your handle has these holes, this wrap will work!

Easy Paracord Handle Wrap Steps

You need very little to successfully execute this wrap. All you need is around 80 inches of paracord, or more depending on the length of the handle, something to cut the paracord with and a lighter.

A metal tool, to help you smash and seal the burned edges of the paracord, is helpful.

Step 1. Cut Paracord to Length

Measure out your Paracord, and cut it cleanly. Use your lighter to seal the edges. Take care to smash them flat neatly so they can still fit through the holes in your tool handle. If done and the ends have cooled, proceed.

Step 2. Insert One End of Your Cord Through Upper Hole

Making sure the edge is protected on your tool, insert one end of your cord through the hole that’s closest to the blade.

Step 3. Align End of Cord With Handle

Continuing on, pull enough cord through the hole until it almost reaches the opposite hole. Lay this and down along the length of the handle, keeping it straight and flat. This part has now become the standing end of your cord.

paracord handle wrap cord inserted into first hole and aligned with 2nd
cord inserted into first hole and aligned with 2nd

Step 4. Start Wrapping

Starting with the cord on the other side of the handle, start making tight loops along the length of the handle. Start at the hole you just passed the cord through and continue towards the opposite hole.

paracord handle wrap making first wrap around the handle
making first wrap around the handle

Step 5. Keep Wrapping

Depending on the length of your handle, you might be wrapping for a little while.

paracord handle wrap making second wrap
making second wrap

Make sure that you always keep tension on the line and that each loop is tight, adjacent, and secure as you move along. It’s critical that these loops hold down the standing part of the cord along the handle and that it doesn’t slip out of position.

paracord handle wrap almost done
paracord handle wrap almost done

Step 6. Pull Cord Through Remaining Hole

Once you have a loop immediately adjacent to the last hole, complete a turn and then pull the end through the hole in the same direction that you did the first one.

paracord handle wrap pulling cord through 2nd hole
pulling cord through 2nd hole

Pull it all the way through and to the right hand side:

paracord handle wrap move loose end to the right of the handle
move loose end to the right of the handle

Step 7. Secure Handle Wrap

Now all you need to do is make an overhand knot very close to the hole.

paracord handle wrap start overhand knot
start overhand knot

As you might expect, you need to pull the cord all the way like so:

paracord handle wrap making the overhand knot
making the overhand knot

Once you have the knot set but not tightened, work it down as close as you can to the handle before you snug it down. This will secure the handle wrap in place…

paracord handle wrap tight overhand knot
tight overhand knot

Step 9. Tie Scaffold Knot To Create Lanyard.

This is a great time to create a quick adjustable lanyard with the remainder of your cordage. If you don’t have enough, start over with a longer piece. If you don’t want a lanyard, cut the remnant off, seal the end, and you’re done

But if you do, with the remnant in your left hand, start creating a loop by laying the working end over the standing part as shown:

paracord handle wrap lanyard first loop
lanyard first loop

Step 10. Make Two Loops

Before wrapping it over the standing part twice, the second loop crossing back over the first as shown:

paracord handle wrap first wrap around lanyard
first wrap around lanyard
paracord handle wrap first wrap around lnyard bring cord upwards
first wrap around lnyard bring cord upwards

And now the second wrap:

paracord second handle wrap around lanyard
second wrap around lanyard

And finally, pass the cord end through both of the loops you just made:

paracord handle wrap passing cord through two lanyard loops
passing cord through two lanyard loops

Step 11. Tighten Knot

Pass the working end through both loops you just created and tighten.

paracord handle wrap tightening lanyard knot
tightening lanyard knot

Step 12. Adjust Lanyard

See if you can adjust the size of the lanyard loop by pulling on the knot. It should glide freely up and down the length of the standing part.

paracord handle wrap lanyard loop finished
handle wrap lanyard loop finished

If you ever want to undo your lanyard, all you need to do is slide your knot all the way off the far end, and it will collapse.

Step 13. Finish Seal the End of the Cord

Cut the remaining Paracord with scissors, burn the end with a lighter, and use the scissors’ blade to flatten it while still hot, like so:

paracord handle wrap lanyard knot cut burnt and sealed
lanyard knot cut burnt and sealed

Step 14. Finished!

Well done, you just created a simple, easily memorized and easily applied handle wrap using Paracord for a 2-hole tool handle.

This design is simple, but if you make the wraps tightly and evenly it will stay tight for a very long time, and it’s just as easy to redo it when it’s time for a tune-up.

Helpful Tips

  • If you want to undo the handle wrap, all you need to do is dig out the overhand knot that used to cinch down by the second hole. Then you can pull the slack back through and unwrap the handle in a flash.
  • Make a slimmer handle by using gutted cord. You’ll have to be more cautious to prevent it from slipping around and keeping everything tight, but it’s possible to make a lower profile handle by gutting your Paracord and just tying this with the outer sheath.
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