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A  T2FL Lanyard  with a brass compass, a brass counter, and a brass  whistle 

Noteworthy: **New KSnap Swivels** &  **Bird Carrier**  
**Custom Engraver: John Towarnicki


Welcome!    If I've made a lanyard for you in the past, Thank You!   Whether you are considering having another lanyard made or having one made for the first time,  I look forward to working with you.  

Pleasure of  time afield is enhanced by great  bird dogs, quality shotguns, and fine gear---including a custom braided whistle lanyard. KNOTSMITH  lanyards are designed to be comfortable to wear,  efficient to use, and tastefully attractive in the field and in the gun room.  With appropriate care, your lanyard will provide years of service and style when worn hunting or trialing; and later, it will provide memories and satisfaction when displayed in your gun or trophy case. Ultimately, it can be passed to the next generation.

Explore these pages, Consider the Options and select the type of lanyard and accessories that meet your needs,  look at How to Order, browse Frequently Asked Questions and   consider my offer.    I  will be pleased to answer your  questions and take your order.   Please read  NOTE.     Larry Smith  214 893-9003

 On 06/01/15 my order list was a bit over 3 months long. 

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The T2 Classic Lanyard Series
Observing the 20th Anniversary of KNOTSMITH T2 Lanyards

I made the first T2 Lanyard in 1993.  To observe the 20th Anniversary, in 2013 I  offered a  T2 Classic Lanyard Series, T2 lanyards  in any of the variations shown here and on the  T2 page and with any of the various brass accessories offered.  These T2 Classic Lanyards were made from a  special limited reserve (several spools) of vintage tan kangaroo lace produced by Tandy Leather while it was still a vertically integrated manufacturer with exceptional lace cutting technology and very good quality assurance and quality control.  The tan T2FN at right,  the T2FL on the hat above, and the T2 on the hat on the T2 page were made from this lace.  Each T2 Classic Lanyard  had a brass whistle engraved "20th Yr., T2 Classic, 1993 -2013."   The engraved whistles are gone, but I will continue taking orders for a limited number of these special edition lanyards. Contact me if you would like one.  See Options and  Prices.

T2 Lanyard Hisory

 In 1993, a customer requested I make a lanyard  modeled after one he had inherited from  his father. A braider in South Texas had made the original lanyard of rawhide sometime before WWII. In my version of the lanyard,  I reproduced the braid and knots  but used  goatskin lace over a nylon cord core.   Although the dimensions were the same as those of the rawhide lanyard, the customer found the lanyard, shown at near right, to be too short.  So, I kept it and made a longer one for him.  I called the one I kept a Type 2 Lanyard  (Type 1 being the lanyards with wooden slides I was then making). It is the first of about 1,600 T2 lanyards to date. After that first pair, I improved and made the design uniquely mine by changing the braids from six strands to eight and by selecting more  appropriate and a bit more elaborate  knots for the slides and snap swivel connections. That can be seen in the third T2, still in use, made for Mr. Jim Heisz. 

After using this original T2 lanyard for a  half dozen years, I retired it in favor of the lanyard I currently use, the T2  braided of natural goatskin lace shown on the far right.

Current T2 Lanyards are made of kangaroo lace, and variations include:  T2FL (fixed loop) Lanyards (as seen at the top of the page); T2FN (flat-braided neck) lanyards  (shown above right); and T2FN-C Lanyards with continuous bottom loops (shown below). 

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 T2 and T2FL Lanyards: The T2FN-C Lanyards below, a design first requested by Mr. David N. Smith, Winston-Salem, NC, feature a flat-braided neck piece of tan kangaroo lace and a continuous bottom loop with a slide knot,  two brass counters  (to count coveys or flushes, and or birds taken), and a single brass swivel with a brass Acme Thunderer logo whistle. 

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See other T2 and T2FL Lanyards



Tom Davis: "Comparing 'catalog lanyards' to these (KNOTSMITHTM  custom braided) lanyards is like comparing a plastic ukulele to a Stradivarius."    Sporting Classics, Nov./Dec. 2002, p. 54, and  Nov./Dec. 2005, p. 91.  Read the complete review from SC 2002

Ralph Stuart: "My T2FN-C ... is truly a work of art that is not only beautiful but also a pleasure to wear." editor,  Shooting Sportsman, Jan/Feb, 2010, p. 20.

Tim Leary: KNOTSMITHTM  lanyards are second to none."   Shooting Sportsman, March/April 2002, p. 87.

Steve Smith, editor, The Pointing Dog Journal : "Every grouse hunter should have one of these!"  


T3 Leash / Lanyards

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At left,  a tan T3 SSM Leash/Lanyard, with two brass flush counters, a brass compass, and a brass whistle.   See other  T3 Leash/Lanyards.

Wildrags for Bird Hunters!  Maximize your visibility and keep your neck warm  while bird hunting.  Hunter Orange Silk, 36" square, with embroidered logo and braided knot slide. 

Brass Flush Counters enable you to tally flushes of grouse, woodcock, coveys of quail, etc., for later transfer into your Waterproof Outdoor Journal or  Classic Hunting Journal and, by doing so, record the bird contacts each dog had, the productivity of various coverts, etc., on a particular day.  In future years, these data, along with  photographs and notes on observations and memorable events during the day, will make interesting reading and bring memory of the day into sharp focus even after that favorite dog (and, all too frequently, your hunting partners) have long passed. One or more Brass Flush Counters can be installed on T2, T3, and T4 lanyards.   See Options.

T2CL Call Lanyards
T2CL at left, in natural kangaroo with tan knots,  illustrates the current style of making call loops. One end of the braid forming the loop is fixed in the slide knot  providing a secure attachment.
See other T2CL Call Lanyards.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1: "Do you have any lanyards on hand for immediate delivery?" 
No, none presently.   If you are looking for a gift,  please consider a  Gift Certificate.

Q2: "What's your estimated delivery date?"
A2:  As of 06/02/15, about 3 1/2  months hence. 

Q3: "Where can I buy the brass counters?"
You can buy them installed on my lanyards.  See Frequently Asked Questions.

To contact me by email, refer to Lanyard or one of my products (T2, etc.) in the Subject Line in your message.  If there is any ambiguity, I will delete your email unread as spam.

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Larry Smith
PO Box 830219
Richardson, TX 75083-0219

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Texas Turkey Handle ; Because turkeys don't come with handles!  T-FLY Fly Fishing Lanyard  and a few other Extras

I am pleased to feature the work of custom engraver John Towarnicki.

The money clips at right are handmade and hand engraved, one of a kind, German silver money clips.  The ellipse is approximately 1 5/8 X 1 ¾ inches. The metal is .050 thick and the figures are relieved to .015.  Click here for more photographs of John's work. If you are interested in a money clip or if you would like a personalized or custom engraved piece, please contact John by clicking on the picture. 

For engraving on compasses and or brass whistles, contact me. On the Tru-Nord 100C compass below, John engraved a ruffed grouse on the back, and I added a brass dee ring and braided knot.