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Type 1 Whistle Lanyards, T1  

T1 lanyards, the original KNOTSMITHTM whistle lanyards first made for sale in the mid-1980's, were plaited from four strands of 1/8" goatskin or, later, kangaroo leather lace over a nylon twine core. The slides were either braided knots or mesquite root burl knots, cut and finished to show the natural grain. If you have one of these, I will take them as a trade in. They are collector items. 

I am not  taking orders for T1 Lanyards currently primarily because I do not want to keep an inventory of 1/8" lace; however slides of mesquite root burl, black cherry, and antler are available on T2P2 lanyards that have approximately the same diameter.  See the T2 page.

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Jim Strawn recently provided this picture of his T1 lanyard, made in '94 and in service for all the years since.  So far as I have been able to determine, most T1 lanyards are still in use.  If you have a T1 or early T2, send me a picture.

Last summer while looking for something else in my small collection of lanyards I've made, I found this early-designed, fixed-loop, plaited lanyard  (at right).  It is about one step above a knotted bootlace.  Well, maybe a step and a half, since the unusual knot forming the headloop is called a "Success Knot."  Nevertheless, it apparently was not attractive to those who saw it at the field trials I attended in those early days three decades ago, but after I made a picture of it and put it on this web page, I sold  the "Success Knot" lanyard to a nice lady in Ontario.  Success can be a long time coming.

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