If you want to have a good grip when using your knife, the best thing is to wrap it. There are several ways of wrapping the handle. Wrapping it also improves the safe handling of the knife.
There are several ways of doing the wrap. Several theories have tried to explain how to do the wrapping. However, no matter the method of doing, the aim is to achieve wrapping the knife handle. This article is going to provide you with the steps of how to do it. Read through to find out more.
Steps to follow when wrapping a knife
Before you start wrapping, the first step is to prepare the cord. This is in the case that you are using the cord to wrap it.
How to prepare a knife cord
1. Get the measurements of the handle
Get to know the amount of the handle that you should cover. The tools to use when measuring the handle includes:
- A tape measure
- ruler or
2. Find the length of the cord the leather strap that you require.
After getting the exact measurement, you will need a cord that is long enough to cover the entire handle. It is better to have a cord long enough to do the wrapping, then cut off the excess if any. When you cut a short cord, it will be difficult to do the covering. Add another cord to another to complete the covering can be a difficult task.
3. Cut the cord to the required size
A scissor or razor blade can be used for this purpose. When the cord is too wide, you will need to cut it vertically. However, if it is a thin one, you will cut it horizontally.
4. Place the cord in somewhat warm water.
This is meant to soak it and make it soft for wrapping. The recommended soaking time is about half an hour.
5. Keep the soaked cord/leather strap in the cooler
When still wet, wrap your knife immediately. If you intend to do the wrapping later, you will then place the cord in the cooler. This is meant to keep the cord moist for later use.
Once done with preparing the cord or the leather, the next step is to do the actual wrapping.
Steps to follow
Wrap the cord to the handle
Do it at least twice. Wrap it carefully and tightly throughout the handle. Hold one end of the cord tightly using your thumb. Do the loops around the handle. Be careful not to cut your hand.
Secure the cord with a tape
Wrap the tape over the cord tightly to make it remains stationary. When it is stationary, the cord won’t come off easily. It helps to maintain the grip for long in the handle of your knife.
Now sheathe the cord throughout and all over the handle
Make tight loops about the handle. Start with the position where you had placed the tape. Do it from top to bottom. Always ensure that the loops are connected to each other. Make the loops tight.
Tie a knot
On reaching the end of wrapping the handle start tying a knot at the bottom. This is meant to keep the wrapping in place without allowing the cord to move.
Chop off the remaining cord
In the first step, it had been advised that you use a long cord. At this point, you are done with the wrapping. It is now time to take out the scissors or knife and cut off the excess remaining cord. Take your lighter and carefully burn up the edges till they begin melting. This is meant to hold and seal off the wrapping.
To this end, you are done with the wrapping. You can now use your knife cutting. Observe care as the cords may untie when they come to any wet substance.
As there are several ways of doing the wrap, so many are the materials too used to wrap. You can use a cord or leather for a long-lasting wrap. However, for a short moment wrap, you can use items such as a magazine or a newspaper. Always be careful not to harm yourself when handling the knife. Give it a try and see how it turns out to be.