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A fun project I took on recently was creating a modified handle to grasp on an interesting knife/dagger I found online. The origin of this knife is debated; some say it is fantasy while others say it is military surplus. Regardless of the truth in the matter, it looks neat, and even more so with the addition of paracord.

The knife/dagger in question goes by multiple names. It has been called a D-Day Invasion Spike, a D-Day Landing Knife, and an OSS Dagger. While I cannot tell you exactly where this particular one originated, it came from International Military Antiques, which describes it as:

"New Made Item: These are reproductions of the extremely rare emergency issue cruciform bladed fighting knives used by Free French and other Allied troops during the second part of 1944.

Originally using a 6 1/2" blade section from a French 1886 Lebel bayonet mounted on an all steel knurled no-slip hilt. Issued in slightly modified British #4 spike bayonet scabbards the originals of this model are now very rare.

A fascinating piece of WW2 Invasion equipment, new made D-Day Lebel Fighting knife."

Other outlets bill it as follows:

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Regardless of how it came to be or from where it originated, I felt that it could benefit from a paracorded handle. The handle is coarse with divots and I wanted to give it a more uniform feeling when in hand. Paracord had my back in making this possible.

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What I did here was tie a spiral knot down the handle of the dagger. A spiral knot is basically a cobra stitch that spins instead of remaining flat with the sides straight up and down. The sides of a spiral knot move with each knot to create the spin. This knot can be tied in almost the same way as a standard cobra stitch, with one very important exception. When you tie a cobra stitch, you have a top cord that you move back and forth, crisscrossing your work so that it is always on top. In a spiral knot, you must always use cord from the same side to cross the top as that is what creates the spin. For example, if your first knot is tied with cord you pulled from the left to make the top of your knot, always pull cord from the left throughout the length of your project. Alternating will stop the spin and switching the side from which you pull will reverse it, making it spin back the other way.

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I chose the spiral knot due to the size of the handle. Since it was fairly small, the spiral knot added all around thickness to it for a better fit in my hand. Only when I was done did it dawn on me to create a loop through the hole in the end of the dagger, which wound up being done in a different color. I have plans to adapt that in the future although I am not sure just yet what those plans will entail. Even so, for now I have a neat, fun project that makes for an interesting conversation piece and looks good in paracord of any style!
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