Over the years I have carried a multitude of different knives. From small pocket folders and old school pocket knives to larger, fixed blade knives. I have almost always had a lanyard of some sort on the knives that would accept them.
Those lanyards were pretty much standard loops of leather or cordage of some sort. Most recently, paracord.
Those “loops” always caused a bit of concern when walking down a trail, or more importantly, when walking down a “not” trail. These loops would dangle off the handle either in a sheath or out of your pocket.
This is a potential issue. A branch could snag that loop and either hang you up on it or literally pull the knife from its sheath or out of your pocket.
I was sitting around playing with some paracord the other day and came up with this idea. Rather than loop and tie the cord through the lanyard hole on the knife, I just pulled it through. Then added two beads with the ends of the cord going through them in two different directions.
I pulled those beads up tight against the handle of the knife and threaded two more beads, one on to each “string” hanging from the knife. Then tied off the ends of the string to keep the beads in place.
This allows the lanyard to have two pieces of the cordage hanging free and no loop to catch on the branches. Yet with a simple pull, the two beads are pulled down toward the ends forming a loop when needed. You can put your hand through the loops and with your free hand and teeth, pull the lanyard tight to your wrist. Here are the pics that should explain better than I can.