Over at The Martialist, we have a tutorial on koppo stick wrapping. If you’d like to wrap your pocket stick for a keychain, however, there are some minor variations on that wrap that are worth chronicling. Here’s how to wrap a “big stick” keychain.
You’ll need a paracord carabiner or split ring. If you use a split ring, it doesn’t really matter when you mount it to the paracord, but if you use a carabiner, you have to install it before you wrap (which we’ll explain). You also need a length of paracord perhaps two feet long.
Add the carabiner to the paracord and make a long loop against the Big Stick as shown, making the loop a little longer than the wrap will be. You don’t need much extra for the right-hand end; you’ll want most of the length for the left-hand end.
Take the left hand end and start wrapping it around the Big Stick, trapping the loop and the right-hand end under the wrap. This is a knot called a “whipping.”
Before knotting the ends, the Big Stick with the wrap will look like this. The left-hand end is still pointed to the left, and the right-hand end is still pointed to the right.
When you’ve finished wrapping the end of the Big Stick tuck the left-hand end up under the loop as shown. Now you have the left-hand end pulled through the loop and the right hand end trapped under the whipping.
You now want to pull the left hand and the right hand ends as tight as you can get them. Pulling on the right-hand end will make the loop with the carabiner smaller, so each time you tighten, you’ll want to adjust the length of the carabiner loop to keep it where you want it.
When you’re done pulling everything tight, you’re ready to cut and melt the two ends.
Snip the ends of the paracord, leaving a little extra for melting.
Melt first one, then the other end, mashing them down (you can use the body of the lighter) while they’re hot and gooey.
This technique can be used over and over again on any cylinder that does not have a drill-hole for mounting the cord.
That’s it; you’re done. Walk safely.