Thursday, November 27, 2014

Making a neck lanyard fob for your Mora knife

Anyone who practices bushcraft skills is aware of the excellent FROST MORA line of knives. These knives are quality made in Sweden, rugged, hard-working, and quite inexpensive, often priced around $14.00 or even less. The carbon steel version is especially popular as it's spine can be used as an improvised striker for flint & steel firemaking.

Mora Knives []
One of the unique features of these knives is that the hard plastic sheath has a springy hook that clips over the belt and can be easily removed or replaced. It also has a slot that allows it to be clipped onto a button for carry on the outside front of a coat or parka. 

A lot of folks like to wear the Mora knife around their neck [neck carry] on a lanyard, passing the lanyard through the belt tunnel. I decided that I wanted to make a leather fob for carrying my WAHOO KILLER [an even less expensive stainless steel Chinese-made copy of the Mora knife] around my neck. This is a fun and easy rainy day project. Here's how I did it:

All that is needed is a piece of scrap leather, a button, a CORD-LOC and a length of paracord. Cut the leather into an oval, punch holes in the fob for the neck lanyard, and sew a button on. Below is the finished product:

Finished neck fob & lanyard
In the photo above, you can see the knife sheath's slot that accommodates a button [the piece of paracord and the button were found on the ground at a local park where I volunteer and collect litter]. Slide the button into the slot and you now have a neck knife. 

In the photo below is a variation, made using a folded over piece of leather with a tunnel for the lanyard.

Tunnel fob
This tunnel version fob requires a bit more sewing. Incidentally, these were made using only a pair of EMT crash scissors, kite string & a needle, and a common plastic button. The stitching holes were punched with a small nail and a ball peen hammer. A coat of Mink Oil waterproofing and the edges were burnished using a smooth stone picked up on a trail.
Clearly, you don't need expensive leather crafting tools to make the things you need! You also have the satisfaction of using things you have made by your own hand on your outings, something I find makes my hikes my memorable. 
Happy hiking!

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