Inspired by a friend who liked a lanyard I made for him (he said he was going to buy a new light for it, he liked it so much). I am now making my homemade Flattened and Sized Paracord lanyards availiable to CPF members.
These are 16" long, flat paracord sheathing (an involved process to flatten and "size" them, which helps them retain shape) with two bead sliders, a stainless steel .292 split ring and a chrome plated 1" snap hook. With use, they soften quickly and I find them to be comfortable for around the neck wear of my Arc AAA's and utilize one on my LS as well.
The Beads allow you to cinch the lanyard around a wrist etc. or shorten the reach by sliding the rear bead up and knotting behind it. you can permanently install with the split ring (my favorite) or use the snaphook for easy removal (you can eliminate the hardware and loop the lanyard through if you wish too). You can alter/customize the length simply by trimming and burning closed the ends. These become so soft and are so unobtrusive they make the standard paracord lanyards look like a piece of garden hose with billiard balls for sliders.
Combat Rock Lanyards (http://www.kostasystems.com/images/combat_rock.jpg)
At the moment I can only offer them in Black<font color="red">(black cord is temporarily discontinued, I hope to have a new supplier soon, sorry!) </font> or OD Green.
Bead choices (at the moment) are:
Standard Round Bead colors:
Very Cool little Skull Beads (provided to me by a group of active duty Rangers who use them on pace cords) colors:
-Natural (Ivory colored with black lowlights)
-Glow in the Dark
The lanyards are $8.00 per lanyard (USPS first class domestic included for each lanyard) payable by personal check or Money Order Paypal added, No Credit Card orders accepted!. Any international orders may be subject to additional postage please PM me so we can work something out as I don't wish to exclude anyone here.
email@example.com is my Paypal address.
PM me for payment and order info concerning check or MO orders.
P.S. Moderators please let me know if this is in violation. I wish to comply with all rules regarding B/T/S.
This is a grass roots startup here so please be patient with me availability may be spotty at first!
05-13-2003, 05:11 PM
You should really get some photos up so others (like myself) can see what we will most likely purchase.
Also, PayPal's free and I'd suggest signing up for that so others (like myself) can pay you faster and easier. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
05-13-2003, 05:32 PM
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You should really get some photos up so others (like myself) can see what we will most likely purchase.
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I'll second that. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
05-13-2003, 05:45 PM
Please understand that it is not at all my intent to detract from your venture into enterprise and small business >smile< just want to suggest a bit of caution regarding lanyard safety and breakaway safety precautions. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
Please look up the following thread, "Recommendations for a lanyard on my ARD AAA", post # 180039 on 01/06/03.
05-13-2003, 07:16 PM
Thanks for the concern Lighthouse, I 'll leave it to the purchaser to make their own means of breakaway. These are around 16" (in the doubled length) long and don't really pose much more of a threat than most jewelry. I have found most breakaway methods of retention to be too flimsy to retain your gear properly and leave it to the user to decide if they can handle making their own decisions as to attachment methods. I provide them with a basic but cool lanyard.
I am hoping to post at least a link to pics by tommorrow evening (thanks to my friend who is going to shoot and host them tommorrow. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
I am looking into Paypal but have not yet become convinced to use it.(same friend will probably succeed in convincing me while shooting pics!) I'm kind of a luddite when it comes to internet commerce! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
05-13-2003, 07:27 PM
I'm definitely interested. I wear my Arc AAA around my neck on a metal chain and this would be a nice upgrade. Awaiting pics, and PayPal would make it easy and slick!
05-14-2003, 11:36 AM
Paypal's a nice easy way of transferring $. Beware though if you take a credit card transaction they will then start to charge you for the handling of the money.
Just don't take the credit card based transactions and it's smooth sailing /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
05-14-2003, 04:28 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Hopefully pics tonight or tommorrow thanks to my friend who is a brilliant
Artist and designer.
05-15-2003, 09:09 AM
Here are pics as promised:
Combat Rock lanyards (http://www.kostasystems.com/images/combat_rock.jpg)
Paypal is now added! No Credit Cards, Please! See first post for my address.
Thanks to my buddy Kostas for the logo and pics and for hosting. To see his internationally known artwork, take a peek at www.kostasystems.com. (http://www.kostasystems.com.) /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/buttrock.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/buttrock.gif
05-16-2003, 09:15 AM
Just to let everyone know, these are made from Mil-spec woven nylon sheathing for 550 cord. This is much tougher and wear resistant, and rot resistant than the polypropylene shoe lace you may have tied to your light. This stuff is so tough that my father has used the same piece of 550 cord as his deer drag since before I was born that means he's been using the same piece for over 35years to drag game weighing in excess of 200Lbs for over a mile to his vehicle through wooded terrain with no ill effect to the cord. Tough stuff. No itch either once you break it in.
05-16-2003, 08:03 PM
Have you given any thought to shipping First Class mail instead of Priority? First Class, for I would bet up to four or five lanyards, would probably only be $.60 or so in a bubble envelope. That might knock $3 or $4 off the price, which will increase sales while still allowing you the same profit margin. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
05-16-2003, 08:50 PM
Three day is First Class these days according to the Postal Clerk I talked to, Bucky. Priority rarely gets there on time and first class seems to arrive pretty consistently at three days at a lower price. The lanyards are priced reasonably considering the time it takes to gut, flatten and size the cord all done by hand to save on costs, because the wholesale price of pre-flattened and sized cord runs around twice the retail price of standard cord and is usually larger in dimension. So I think I have already effectively kept the retail price reasonable and provided a less cumbersome product at the same time.
05-22-2003, 09:21 PM
It is possible to make one out of one continuous piece instead of two? I'm interested, but I don't want to feel the knot or ball in the back of my neck.
05-22-2003, 10:04 PM
There is something about the transition that the rear bead creates that you don't notice the knot, also, due to the fact that the cord is gutted and flat the knot is about 1/3 the size of a knot in standard paracord. I wear both my Arc AAA LE and also my Arc AAA turquoise (featured in the pictures) around my neck frequently with both rear bead and knot under the collar of a jacket and shirt and have sometimes completely forgotten I had one of them on.
The cord is made from one piece of cord and not two. The problem of making it continuous is that is is difficult to join the ends together without leaving the seared portion of the intersection which is hard and abrasive next to your skin, it also renders the second bead useless and the purpose of the lanyard is to be used as a neck lanyard and/or a wrist lanyard which requires a second slider. Also, eliminating the knot as a stop means that the bead is then free to slide completely off of the lanyard during adjustment and it is no easy task to get them on in the first place. tkl can tell you the bead adjustment is quick but tight around the doubled cord. I would add a crushed ferrule but I dont like ferrules they remind me of camera and whistle lanyards, add extra weight and create an unreliable joint not to mention they look kinda cheap.
Hope this answers some of your questions. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
05-23-2003, 10:17 AM
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tkl can tell you the bead adjustment is quick but tight around the doubled cord.
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his lanyards are top shelf, just get one! for the price it's a good buy IMO. i highly recommend the skull beads. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif muwahahah muwahahah
05-23-2003, 10:20 AM
p.s. i had two from tad but the wife confiscated one. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif she attached it to her keys. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
i will be using mine exstensively for the upcoming memorial day and 4th of july festivities as i get butter-fingers with my lights when i drink brewskies. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
05-23-2003, 12:07 PM
05-23-2003, 12:33 PM
Thanks nascar, they'll be in the mail by tommorrow morning! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
05-23-2003, 08:02 PM
R. H., recieved your order, thanks! Will ship tommorrow along with nascar's. Just a note, holiday may slow down postal delivery. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
logicalguy, don't know if you recieved the email, so I thought I'd let you know that your lanyards made it into sat. morning mailout with nascars. Thanks for the order and enjoy!
05-30-2003, 07:49 PM
05-30-2003, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the order avusblue, It will ship tommorrow morning! And thanks also to bucky, yours shipped this afternoon!
05-31-2003, 12:08 AM
Kind of a dumb question. You say "These are around 16" (in the doubled length) long", does this mean 32" of cord or 16" of cord?
05-31-2003, 08:24 AM
No such thing as a stupid question here! The lanyards start as a 36-37" piece of cord, once they are doubled over to form the loop and knotted to retain the bead sliders, they have about a 16" adjustable length from inside bead to outside bead. Plenty of length to hang an Arc AAA, Infinity or photon around your neck without putting yourself in jeopardy of snagging on something and a great length for using as a wrist lanyard for larger lights. I even have one on my LSH-P and can hang that around the neck when I need to use both hands.
05-31-2003, 08:43 AM
FYI: These are very nice lanyards. They are very comfortable and look great too.
05-31-2003, 09:55 AM
Thanks Nascar, I try to keep them simple and consistent in quality. The cord is hand processed by me to flat and I sort the beads and cord lengths for defects and assemble and pack each to order, myself, here at home. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
05-31-2003, 02:32 PM
PM Sent. Please clarify shipping total for mutliple orders, ie is 1 shipping charge for all 6? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
05-31-2003, 03:59 PM
Since shipping is first class by weight not flat rate, the $8 per lanyard price includes the handling and shipping charge for each individual lanyard. I think it's better than flat rate so someone isn't forced to shell out the same money for one lanyard as for five. I always resented the shipping by price method you know "$5.00 for orders between $1-50" that always burned me because I would have to spend $13.00 to get one $8 item, this way it's progressive by weight /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
06-01-2003, 07:44 PM
I sent you a PM, Saturday, about wanting to buy a lanyard by money order. I've been awaiting a reply and assumed you just hadn't checked your mail yet. While chacking my PM, I noticed it says I've sent none. I've never used this feature before and probably did it wrong.
06-01-2003, 10:23 PM
Sorry stump but the PM didn't show up till today. I replied to the PM and then when I went to check another PM it listed no reply to your PM so I have re-sent a PM. If this doesn't come through I will email you. I think something weird is going on! Anyway I have a lanyard with your name on it!
06-06-2003, 08:30 PM
I just received my two lanyards from tsg68 (Tad) and they are fantastic. Very high quality lanyards that are extremely well made and much lighter and easier to deal with than the SureFire lanyards. I highly recommend these to anyone who uses lanyards on their lights/knives etc. You will not be disappointed!
06-06-2003, 11:55 PM
Thanks for the compliment Bucky, I hope you continue to enjoy them and they give you good service. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
06-07-2003, 12:18 AM
Paypal sent for four lanyards. I can't wait to see your handiwork. They look very nice in the pic.
If you ever make (possibly braided) leather lanyards I'd be very interested.
06-07-2003, 12:21 AM
Thanks monanza, please check your email! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
06-10-2003, 11:20 AM
Time to see if anyone else would like some of these so, BTTT!!!
Might as well ask how they're working out for everyone while I'm posting? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
06-10-2003, 07:17 PM
Got my lanyards and they are exactly as advertised. Thanks Again!
06-10-2003, 09:05 PM
Mine arrived today and I love it. I previously have been wearing my Arc AAA around my neck using a length of beaded chain. Twice the chain broke right at the fastener and the Arc was left on the floor. It's only luck that I didn't lose it either time. I've stopped wearing it while awaiting the lanyard. It's definitely strong, attractive, and comfortable. Thanks, dude!
06-11-2003, 09:59 AM
Stump, you are most welcome!!! It's a pleasure to provide something of assistance to the members here!
06-11-2003, 01:58 PM
i might have to get one of these when i get the M3 /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
06-11-2003, 03:13 PM
Don't wait on these lanyards; get them now /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif. They are awesome and much more svelte than they appear in the pictures.
06-11-2003, 03:23 PM
Thanks Monanza, I'm really glad you like them. Chamenos I got one here for you whenever you're ready! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
06-12-2003, 01:42 PM
I've got to echo the above comments. I received mine quickly and it's very nice. Good job TSG!
06-14-2003, 10:17 AM
Thanks Avusblue, I'm pleased to hear more positive feedback. I tried hard to make something lightweight and tough that could still be used with a sheath and these are so slim, I just wrap mine around the LSHP and put it in my belt sheath. No thick length of cord with big cordlocks on it to get in the way! Comfortable around the neck too with almost no "tell" to read through your shirt.
06-24-2003, 01:56 PM
To answer some recent inquiries, yes I am still selling these lanyards and if you recently bought an L4 here's the chance to get a lanyard worthy of a fine new Light or knife or keys etc, etc... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Check out the first post of this thread for details and pics!
06-25-2003, 04:20 AM
Ordered 3 per Paypal. Thanks...
06-25-2003, 05:30 AM
just sent the money for three. cant wait!!!
06-25-2003, 09:16 AM
Thanks for the orders Guys. I will get everyones orders out this afternoon!
06-28-2003, 06:44 PM
got my three in the mail today. SUPER FAST and excellent quality!!!!! cant believe how good they work and look!!! thank you very much!!!!!