A couple of nights ago I made a little letter opener that has a plaited handgrip and a sting ray barb for the “blade”. This was inspired by this project: http://khww.net/tuts/leoisambert/barbedstingrayletteropener.pdf
Here’s what I ended up making:
There are a few differences between my finished project and the one above, however the main one is that I removed the “barbs” from the sting ray barb. This for me was purely a safety issue, the guy who I got the sting ray barb from sent me a long email warning me about how nasty getting one of them in your hand can be. I didn’t want anyone to accidentally stab themselves with a barb while opening the cable bill!
Also the plaited hand grip was achieved not by braiding in the traditional whip making sense. It’s actually tied like a turks head. For me that was a fun challenge because I don’t do long knots very often. The know is a 6 bight knot and I didn’t count the parts before I put the turks heads on the ends, so I don’t now the number of parts. However I do know that it’s be a 24 plait if I was counting like it was braided.
For me covering it with lace tied as a knot took a lot longer than if I were to plait over it, however I was making this for fun, not to see how fast I could make it!
The overall length is a hair shorter than 11 inches with the sting ray barb being about 5 inches.
If you are interested in this 24 Plait Kangaroo Sting Ray Barb Letter Opener visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=200
P.S. I’ve posted an update on the Choose Your Own Bullwhip ebay auction. For details visit: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135