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Lanyard Specifications, Options, & Accessories

Considerations in selecting a lanyard type, specifications, and accessories:
The following are my criteria in my order of priority.  Your criteria and order may (probably will)  be different, and that is acceptable to me.

1.  The lanyard must be comfortable, comfortable to put on and off, comfortable to wear, and must comfortably and securely carry what I want/need to carry.  The length should be optimal, neither too long nor short, and items on the lanyard should not swing about while I am walking (no more than necessary).  The lanyard length and or adjustability should allow me to tuck items I am carrying in my left shirt pocket if I wish. 

2.  The lanyard should help me do what I want to do in the field by positioning the items it carries so that they are convenient and efficient to use.  It is desirable and convenient to be able to adjust (or design) the lanyard so that carried items hang at different levels. When I lift my whistle to my mouth, I would rather not have to lift other items on the lanyard.  If I decide to keep the whistle in my mouth, I would rather not have other items pulling down on it.   I expect to be able to read the compass, counters, etc., when I pick them up.

3.  Finally, the lanyard should "look great."  This is a matter of personal taste, of course, and one should indulge ones own preferences.

For me, these criteria have resulted in my wearing tan or natural kangaroo T2 lanyards, but you should make choices that satisfy your own criteria.  I will work with you to meet your objectives.   Page updated 11/26/14.

First, select a lanyard or item type that best fits your intended use and criteria: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T-FLY, Leads, or Collars Second, personalize it by specifying the length and color scheme as described in General Options, and choose Accessories:
 Call Loops, Snaps/Swivels, Compasses, Whistles, Counters, TBC Bird Carrier, Quail Call, and Attachments.    
Then proceed to
How to Order.   Call me if you wish to discuss lanyard types, specifications and accessories, 214 893-9003.

General Options

Length: specify half length, the length from the back of the neck to the bottom of the swivels. Standard half length for whistle lanyards is 21"; however, some folk are shorter or taller than average and some prefer to wear their whistles lower or higher than average.  So tell me where you like to wear yours.   Make a loop of cord around your neck over the clothes you will be wearing afield so that the tip is where you want the ring on your whistle to hang.  Pinch it at that point and, without releasing it, remove the loop and measure the doubled up length, the "half length."  That is the number I need.   However, that number is not the only factor in lanyard design.  You must also have a headloop that can comfortably pass over your head in putting the lanyard on and off. 

 On T2 lanyards,  the slide knot, bottom knots, and swivel-clip combination in aggregate will consume about 3" of the half length.  The remaining length times two is the circumference of the headloop.  For example, a T2 with a 21" half length will have a headloop of about 36" when the slide is at the bottom (assuming there are no counters on the lanyard).   For most folk, 25 - 26" is about the minimum loop that will go over the head without glasses on.  So  1/2 (26"headloop) +  3" knots = 16" as a practical minimum half length. The addition of a counter  and its two flanking knots each leg of a T2 lanyard requires 1.5" plus about 0.25" space and thus increases the practical minimum  half length to about 18" (in this example).   It is prudent to determine how small of a headloop you can pass over your head comfortably.  Of course, in order to have the whistles ride where they are comfortable for you to wear and use, the half length may be longer than the required minimum.

For T2FL lanyards, specify the total half length, the loop size, and the drop length. The standard headloop circumference of  30" contributes 15" to the half length.  The main knot is 0.75 to 1.0".    On a T2FL lanyard with one brass counter on the drop, the practical minimum length below the headloop  is 4":  0.75" for the main knot; 0.25" space below it; 1.5" for the counter and flanking knots; 0.25" space; and 1.25" for the bottom knot and swivel. Therefore, if you considered a 28" headloop to be the minimum that you could comfortably put on or take off over your head, the minimum half length would be 14" +  4" = 18" for a T2FL lanyard with one brass counter on the drop.  Again, it is prudent to determine the minimum size headloop you can pass over your head comfortably and add a bit to that.. 

On T3 Leash Lanyards, the standard leash mode length  is 32," and the standard handloop length is 5 1/2".  The resulting lanyard mode "half length" (analogous) is approximately 21."  T3 Leash Lanyard design assumes that the headloop will be opened with the bolt snap before putting it on or removing it. 

The typical half length of T-Fly fly fishing lanyards is about 17" +/- (but measure where you want the points of attachment, to be, on both the bottom and the sides!). 

 Color of the lanyard and accents (if desired): Standard color is tan. Some folk seem to think that tan is the natural color of leather. It is probably most common,  but "natural" is a light cream color.   Subject to availability, colors include white, natural, chocolate/brown, burgundy, dark green, red, and black.  For the lanyard body, you may choose a solid color  or  a combination of two colors (e.g., black/natural, black/tan, chocolate/natural, or tan/natural --- or the reverse of these). Variegation in the lanyard may be complete (i.e. half and half) or partial (i.e., 2/8 or 1/8). The 2/8 accent pattern may be slashes // or chevrons \/. For the knots, choose a solid color or choose a combination of two colors  to compliment the lanyard color. That is, a lanyard might have knots of the same color as the lanyard, knots of the lanyard color plus a lighter or darker accent, or solid colored knots of a second color.
Snaps and Swivels:   McMahon nickel steel swivels  with  scissor snaps (near right) are standard. Brass torpedo swivels (2nd picture) are normally used with the brass package (compass and counters). K-Snap Swivels (3rd picture) also fit with the brass package and offer convenient on/off and very secure attachment, $20 each.   Microclips and Miniclips (4th picture) from Berkeley Point are available on either swivel, $7 each in stainless steel. Both these clips will work with the attachment rings on Garmin Astro 220 and 320 units.  Mini gate snaps  and   2" stainless steel gate snaps, shown in the 5th picture (far right),  may be used on the bottom of fly fishing lanyards rather than rings, current price determined by supplier. 

Lanyard Types and Other Products

t1mesq.jpg (85723 bytes)T1 lanyards. I am not currently taking orders for T1 lanyards. T1 lanyards are 4X plaits of 1/8" kangaroo leather with a nylon twine core. The nominal diameter is 5/32".  The standard half length is 21" to the bottom of the whistle snaps. Select the slide: braided knot, or mesquite knot or antler. Select two snaps, one snap and a tassel, or a fixed loop with a braided knot and drop with one snap. A second accent color may be selected for the lanyard and braided knots. A call loop may be added. Plastic flush counters can be added. 

T2 lanyards and their options.

Lanyards in the T2 family  (T2, T2FL, T2P2, etc.) feature kangaroo leather braided over nylon cores. The nominal diameter of a T2 lanyard is 1/4", and that of  a T2P2 lanyard is 3/16".  A T2 may be had with two snaps, one snap and a tassel, or with a fixed loop and drop with one snap (T2FL).

Flat Neck, FN, Option: T2 and T2FL lanyards may be had with a flat braided neck portion, and thus equipped, they are designated as T2FN, T2FN-C (continuous bottom loop), or T2FLFN.  Having a flat neck braid generally imposes a symmetry on a lanyard.  That is, with the flat braided portion centered on the neck, the legs of a T2FN will be the same length and items attached to the tips will hang at the same level. However, the round-braid legs below the transition knots can be made with different lengths so that items (such as a compass and a whistle) attached to the tips hang at different levels with the neck piece centered.

Continuous-Bottom-Loops may be had on T2 and T2FN lanyards.  On T2 lanyards, the joining knot is at the back of the neck.

Slide stopper knots, placed at the points of the collarbone, are functional in that they establish a minimum loop on a T2 lanyard by stopping the slide.  These knots are also decorative and, in fact, are frequently ordered on T2FL lanyards where there is no slide to stop.

Slides are normally braided knots, but a slide of wood or antler can be had on a T2P2 lanyard as an extra cost option. 

Call loops (for duck, goose, turkey, quail, crow, predator, etc., calls)  may be permanently fixed on the legs of T2 lanyards or on the drop of  T2FL lanyards and additional  permanently fixed call loops may be added to the cheeks of these lanyards.  Such lanyards with permanently fixed call loops are designated T2CL or T2FLCL.  Short detachable call loops may be attached to the whistle clips on T2, T2FL, T3, and T4  lanyards.  Long detachable call loops may be attached to dee rings installed at the stopper knots on the lanyard cheeks. Detachable Double Call loops (see below) may be attached to T2, T2FL, T3, T3M, and T4  lanyards.  See examples of detachable call loops on the T2  and T3 pages.

*** Note: In the call loops that I make, one end of the braid is fixed in the slide knot.  To loosen the loop, pull the knot/braid so as to move the braid that passes through the slide, or, said differently, carefully move the slide knot along the braid that passes through it.

T3BlkTanKBrass.jpg (24062 bytes)T3 Leash/Lanyards.

Worn around the neck with the 1/2" bolt snap fastened in the small loop, the T3 Leash/Lanyard is a whistle lanyard, but it opens to provide a tough 32" leash (traffic lead) when leaving the bird field.  For T3 (1/4" diameter and a 1/2" bolt snap) and T3M (5/16" diameter and 3/4" Loc-Jaw  snap) select the color and accents (if desired) as described under General Options. Standard length has a 5.5" handloop and opens to produce a 32" lead. In the "lanyard" mode, the whistle hangs a bit lower than those on a T2 lanyard, i.e., not quite a 22" half length.  The weight of the 1/2' bolt snap is 3/4 oz.  Flush counters can be added to T3 leash lanyards, but counters do not fit on the T3M because of the larger diameter. Extra swivels and whistle snaps  can be added for consideration.  A compass can be added to either as can a Detachable Double Call Loop.   A T3 leash lanyard with a brass compass, two brass counters, brass swivel, and brass whistle is designated as a T3SSM.  Note that T3 and T3M leash lanyard are intended to be opened to put on and off.

t4.jpg (36662 bytes)T4 Lead/Lanyards.

Select either the standard traffic lead version or the "S" version and the braid and knot color and accents (if desired) as below under General Options. Standard head loop is 29."  Standard handloop is 5.5"  The half length in the lanyard mode is  about 22."   Extra whistle snaps, flush counters, and or a compass can be added for consideration.

T5 Pistol/Transmitter/Rangefinder Lanyards

Approximately 58"long, 1/4" diameter, worn over the left shoulder with a ring on one end and a MiniClip or MicroClip on the other to carry a transmitter or rangefinder on the right side just above the belt. A whistle drop with snap swivel can be added so that it hangs just to the right of the left shirt pocket ($50).  Pistol lanyards typically have a 48" headloop, a 10" drop and a swivel with a MicroClip.

t2flybt.jpg (58717 bytes)T-FLY Fly Fishing Lanyards.

T-Fly Lanyards have  herringbone braided kangaroo lace over a nylon cord core, approximately 1/4" diameter.  As described under General Options,  select the color of the braid and knots and accents (if any) in both.  Specify the half length, i.e., length from the back of the neck to the bottom of the ring or snap.  Typical lengths are 16.5" - 18".   Specify micro- or miniclips or combination of the two. Standard price assumes 4 stainless steel clips, mini- or micro-.   Specify a ring at the bottom (standard)  or a gate snap .  Other options include having a drop between the main knot and the ring ($30), having a flat neck braid ($100), and having one or more pigtails with alligator or flat nose clips ($35). Examples of these options on lanyards are shown on the T-Fly page.

TL and TLS Leads

Select the color(s) as described under General Options.. Standard TL diameter is 5/16" or you may specify a 3/8" diameter. Standard TL length is 36"from the heel of the handloop to the tip of the snap; for longer lengths, add $40 per foot. Shorter lengths may be specified, but the price is the same. You may choose a 3/4 " bolt snap or a 3/4" Loc-Jaw  snap (I recommend the Loc-Jaw  snap) A bronze ring in the handloop is standard on the TL but can be omitted. An optional sliding bronze ring and sliding adjustment knot can make the TL a slip loop lead.
slip leads are typically 1/4" in diameter but 5/16" may be requested. The standard TLS slip lead length is  42" from the back of the handloop to the ring that forms the slip noose.   See Order.

TC and TCF Collars

TC and TCF Collars can be had in the color combinations described in General Options.  Give the minimum (firm but not excessively tight!) measurement of the dog's neck. The collar will be made to the right size to wear comfortably without slipping over the head. Brass name plates may be had with 1-3 lines of text, $40.

 Wildrags for Bird Hunters  Keep your neck warm and maximize your visibility while bird hunting.
Hunter Orange Silk, 36" square, with embroidered logo and braided knot slide.  Choose the color scheme of the knot.  Modeled at right by Edward Erickson, Autumn Breeze Kennel.      Order.



Please note:   I do not sell accessories as separate items.  I only make and or sell accessories as items within an order for a lanyard I am making for you or for a lanyard that I have made (as per my records).  If you were given a lanyard I made and want to purchase accessories for it, provide the name of the person who ordered the lanyard from me.


The SSM Package: Collectively,  a brass compass, two brass counters, brass swivel(s), and a brass whistle on a T3 Leash Lanyard gave it the designation  T3 SSM  because it evolved from a review and ads in Shooting Sportsman Magazine .   These accessories are discussed individually below.

Compasses: I use and recommend  Tru-Nord Compasses.  Made in MN, USA,  they come with a lifetime warranty, and their quality, performance, and guarantee make them a much better buy even at a bit higher price.   

Tru-Nord Compasses  shown in the in the pictures to the right, are available in brass or black, are undamped, and are ordered pre-adjusted to compensate for the magnetic declination in your region (see the magnetic declination map).  See How to Use Your Tru-Nord Compass

The prices quoted on the Order Page  include the cost of obtaining the compass, altering the attachment, and installing it in the lanyard (compasses are sold only on products).  The Tru-Nord Compass  200C a pin-on compass, can be installed in the fixed knots on T2FL (one or two drops), T3, T3M, or T4 products or  can be inserted into T2 or T4 slides for the price shown. As shown at right, the "pocket" Model 100C Tru-Nord Compass with a knot around the compass and a dee ring  can be attached to  lanyard clips or to the lanyard braid using a double Hitch Loop.  In the lower picture, the compass has a permanent Hitch Loop affixed to the dee ring that allows it to be attached to the cheek of a lanyard and removed when the compass is not needed.   See Extras for an example of these compasses.  And the backsides of pocket compasses can be engraved.  Compass weight is ~1/2 Oz.  


At right, Acme Brass Whistles (60 1/2) with my logo as shown near right, $30 installed;  With initials engraved on one cheek, $65, and on both cheeks, $80, as shown on the whistle in the middle.

If requested, Black Whistle Tip Guards for these whistles can be installed for $1.50 each or the yellow latex tube tip guards (far right) are gratis.

And of course, one can select other things to be engraved on whistle cheeks by John Towarnicki.  The price will depend on the time required.

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.  One or more Brass Flush Counters can be installed on T2, T3, and T4 lanyards during production at $85 each (price includes the cost of the counter and installation). Counters are only sold installed on lanyards or drops. Counters may be added to lanyards I have made (e.g., new installation or replacement for plastic counters) provided the lanyard diameter is not greater than 1/4".  Price is the cost of the counters plus consideration for the knots that must be removed and reconstructed to make the installation.  
The weight of a brass counter is 1/2 oz. 


Counter Drops, with clips or dee rings, such as the one as shown at right below, may be attached to clips either on the legs or cheeks of the lanyard.  Counter Drops, single or double,  may also be attached using Hitch Loops as shown below. 

NOTE:  Having one of my lanyards is a  prerequisite for getting a drop with a brass counter and or compass.

Attachments.  Accessories such as compasses and calls can be attached to swivels or clips as illustrated in various pictures on the lanyard pages, but they can also be attached to the lanyard braid using Hitch Loop drops. Carry only what you need.


The Hitch Loop has a locking slide knot as shown on both ends on the Double Ended Hitch Loop below.  It's use is illustrated at right by attaching a quail call to the cheek of a lanyard on the right below.

Single Hitch Loops may have one or two drops. Single Hitch Loops dedicated to carrying a specific accessory, such as on the compass drop at left below, can be permanently attached .


 Single Hitch Loops with two drops may also be used to attach extra swivels (and clips) to lanyards as shown on the T3M at right above.

The Detachable Double Call Loop (shown at right on a T2 Lanyard) is a Hitch Loop attachment that converts an upland lanyard to service hunting waterfowl.  The DDCL can be adjusted for placement on the lanyard cheek and for lengths of the two drops, and the DDCL can be removed without removing the calls.  Calls carried on a DDCL are easier to carry. lift, and use, and less prone to swing about and get in the way than those carried on the bottom of a lanyard.  Obviously, the calls can be removed when not needed, e.g., when training.

Again,  Hitch Loops make your lanyard system versatile by allowing you to securely attach and carry only the accessories you need and easily remove them when you don't need to carry them.  See Prices.

Bird Carrier, TBC,  six or four drops, ~ 6" long from the bottom of the eye on a  2 1/2" long 1/2"bolt snap to the bottom of the  loops.  See Extras and Prices.


Bobwhite Quail Call #150  (by Thomas Game Calls) with dee ring attachment and braided  knot to match the color scheme of knots on your lanyard, $50.  Note that the type of knot may either be the one shown at right or the one on the quail call shown above on a hitch loop.  To use your quail call, place your upper lip in the depression on the side with the larger hole and your bottom lip below the rim of the call.  Inhale to produce the "where 'yee" call of bobwhites trying to regroup.  Click to open a copy of these instructions you can download:  Quail Call Use.




The above are the "standard options." If you have questions about these options,  please send me an email  and include "lanyard" in the Subject line so that I will recognize that it is not junk mail. 

When placing an order, please give the specifications of your order (lanyard or lanyard types, size and color specifications, accessories, etc.).  Please clearly list your name, telephone number, email address, and shipping address.  You may send your check or money order (or Visa or Master Card information) by regular mail. Credit card information may be communicated by telephone, but do not send it via email.
Larry Smith

Larry Smith
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Richardson, TX 75083-0219

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