When I started doing parcord knot work, I struggled through quite a few knot projects (inclulding my first long turks head hiking staff handle wrap) using nothing more than needle nose pliers for paracord tools. I knew there must be a better way, and of course there was. A fellow knotter I met online sent me a custom made "fid", or paracord needle. I can be seen using this fid in my How To tie the Turks Head Knot YouTube video. Shortly after posting this video, I was inundated with requests about the fid knotting tool! It took about a year before I found the perfect 550 cord lacing needles to offer my customers. These must-have knotter's tools are available in two styles, brass and steel fids. Each type was personally selected by me for being uniquely suited for different knot tying purposes.
I prefer the steel lacing needles for forming looser knots like the manrope knot (see video below) as they are shorter (3.75") and have a more pointy tip than the brass fids. I use 4 steel paracord needles a time, one on each working end to speed up the work (no need to constantly remove and reattach the fid to the working end of the cord). The brass lacing needle is best for knots that get tighter while you are working them, like a long Turks head knot or when using a jig to tie a turks head knot. The longer length (5") gives prying leverage and the flatter tip makes it easier to get it under cords.
Price is for ONE brass fid, 5" long (typically shipped in 2 wks))
Posted by Ed on 30th Nov 2015
This is the best fid to use if weaving thru already woven "pirachord' projects. You won't puncture yourself or the project. This site is the only place I know where to get it, and the price and service are right.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Jun 2015
Steel rules. Great product.
Posted by Unknown on 28th May 2015
Great product! Long shipping weight time, but since there is no where else to get it and paracordist puts out all his videos for free, i will not buy anywhere else. Thanks a lot paracordist!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Oct 2014
It fulfills it's purpose. It's a good invention and is easy to work with.
Posted by Michael on 13th Mar 2014
I like it very much. Like the flat needle, makes it easy to thread.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jan 2014
This is a quality product just as described on the website. Can't wait to use it when I do my first Fiskars hatchet project!
Posted by Robert on 26th Dec 2013
A fine product. appears well made with a good smooth finish without blemishes. Shipping was intolerably slow- long delay before entering USPS system (based on USPS tracking info-electronic shipping info rec and then days before "acceptance"). Same thing avail at Hobby Lobby for under a dollar more and w/ tax still better than the wait. Website bookmark deleted
Posted by Unknown on 7th Jan 2013
Have handled a few before. This one is a good example of a standard lacing needle. Its being offered at a good price here imo. It costs almost nothing to add to an order and can save time and hassle in the threading process.
Grab one. :)
Posted by John on 6th Dec 2012
It's somewhat difficult to "thread" the needle, but once you do, it's infinitely more useful to weave and attach all the extras (firesteel & scraper plate) to the paracord were you to do it any other way.