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greenstar 28th Oct 2020 3:26 pm

Getting a handle on it
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Being a cheapskate, and with the cost of decent original looking leather handles, and not being a great leather worker, a lot of my handled things don't have one, the originals having dropped off.
I bought a microscope recently and the case was of course missing the handle, but the last owner had wound string around to make an improvised job.
I have a small pile of items needing handles.
I thought to use paracord in a similar way, and feel it does a serviceable and attractive job. For more of a vintage look perhaps cotton boot lace would be appropriate.
3mm brown paracord is on ebay in abundance. I bought a reel for 7 pounds. As boot lace this starts to come apart quickly, so for heavy wear the more expensive stuff may be better. But for this use the cheap stuff looks to be fine. There must be a neater way to tie up the ends. I simply wound four times between the metal loops, and then around the handle, before tying up and knotting the ends.

Nickthedentist 28th Oct 2020 3:42 pm

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That looks very respectable, thank you for the idea.

Radio Wrangler 28th Oct 2020 4:00 pm

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Very neat indeed.

If you did the outer wrapping with leather thong it could easily look in-period.


merlinmaxwell 28th Oct 2020 4:19 pm

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And round (cross section) handles are easier to carry, the original flat ones tend to dig in a bit. I do bet there is a macrame version involving intricate plating/weaving/knitting, fun, if not time consuming, to make. It is hard to hide the last end though!

greenstar 28th Oct 2020 4:50 pm

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Yes, I think leather bootlace would look suitably vintage. It's surprisingly strong - even the original string version was easily strong enough. It also lies flat when not being carried.

FIXITNOW 28th Oct 2020 7:00 pm

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great idea a hunt round the web found this if needed

emeritus 28th Oct 2020 11:01 pm

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Thanks, lots of useful.ideas here.

mark_in_manc 31st Oct 2020 11:14 pm

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That looks nice - I've done something like this with a scouts knot I know as 'whipping' - which makes dealing with the ends easy. Here's a link

greenstar 3rd Nov 2020 10:01 pm

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Great, thanks Mark - that about ties it up!

FrankB 7th Nov 2020 3:27 am

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Great job. Very inventive!

Personally, I go to a 2nd hand store and buy a couple of leather belts and make replacement handles out of them. Typically I get 3-4 handles per belt for a total cost of under $5.00 USD, If I hit the GoodWill surplus stores, it runs me about $1.08 USD for 2 belts. (They sell everything by the pound at 2.16/lb. and over 50 lbs. 1.08/ lb. This includes tape recorders, stereos, power cables, connection cables, clothing, the whole Magilla).

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