The Kumihimo Drift Handle

21 06 2010

There’s a well known Roadster mod that involves unscrewing the plastic recessed handle on the roof that you grip to raise/lower the roof, and inserting a doubled-up length of fabric in order to give you a convenient handle to let you raise and lower the roof more easily.
It means you don’t have to stretch so much, and gives you a bit more leverage when raising the roof one-handed.

I wondered if this could be made a bit more, well, interesting.
I’ve just become aware of the concept of
drift charms
. I’ve also (as I may have mentioned) a Mate With A Miata, who is pretty good at making stuff out of paracord.

I had an afternoon of idly browsing wikipedia (protip: do not search for “Japanese Ropework” whilst at work!) and came across the concept of Kumihimo.
This is an ancient Japanese technique of knotwork to create decorative and functional pieces of braid.
Money quote:
“The most prominent historical use of the cords was by Samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armor and their horses’ armor”

Now, how can a JDM-junkie with a slammed steed *not* get off on this idea…?

So, what did we come up with?

Costs nothing, works great, and you can make them in any colour combination you feel like.

Guide to making various paracord braids here:

EDC Forums guide

I dub this mod: The Kumihimo Drift Handle.




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