I am often asked why I have such a long lanyard on my knives, and why the loop is not large enough to place it over my wrist. Well let me explain why I make my lanyards the way I do. But first, let me mention that this is not a discussion as to whether you should have a lanyard on a knife, or not. I have heard those discussions and they are like the discussions as to what is the best knife. The best knife is the one that works for you, and a lanyard should be used by those who like a lanyard.
Anyway, The purpose of my long lanyard is twofold. First, I have a diamond knot on the end of the lanyard. The purpose of that knot is to help retain the knife in the sheath, especially if you have a pocket type sheath. The entire lanyard is placed behind the belt, and in the event the knife started to come out of the sheath, the knot at the end of the lanyard gets caught between the belt and the body. You will usually feel the tug on your belt and you will know the the knife is coming up and out of the sheath.
The other purpose of my long lanyard, which I personally call my “Thumb Lanyard,” is so that you have a means in which to tightly hold, and control, your knife. I don’t like lanyards that go over the wrist, as they provide me with little control of the knife. With mine, the thumb is placed through the loop at the end of the lanyard, between the diamond knot and the stitch used to cover the two strands of parachute cord. I have seen this stitch called a manly “Cobra Stitch”, but basically it is a simple macrame square knot. The stitching over the two strands of parachute cord goes over the back of the hand.
The stitching is then wrapped around the back of the hand and you grasp the grip (handle) of the knife. When you make this type of lanyard, you might need to adjust the loop at the end so that when you grasp the grip, it provides a snug hold (not too tight). This, at least for me, provides the ability to control the knife very well.
The other thing I like about this type of lanyard, is I can drop the knife (either intentionally or by accident), which will hang from the lanyard. I can then reach down, and by rolling the hand, with the stitching still over the back of my hand, I can re-grasp the grip of the knife. I am then back in action. It works well for my purposes.
It should be noted that this type of lanyard can work for any size knife. I also use it on my larger “choppers” but I make the stitching over the two strands of parachute cord larger so that it is more comfortable on the back of my hand.
Anyway, that’s why I carry such a long lanyard. Like I said earlier, it isn’t for everyone, but works well for my needs. As always, be prepared to survive!