Shop: Tools & Materials

A small selection of the tools and materials I have for sale.
If you would like to order any of the items from this page, please email me with details of the items you would like at knotty dot bear at gmail dot com include your delivery address, and I will reply with a total cost including shipping, 
I can then send a PayPal invoice or you can transfer the funds direct to my bank account, whichever is preferable

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Cord Making Tools & Accessories.

Drill Powered cord maker. Updated version with smaller hooks. 
Ideal for making your own cords for Ply-Split Braiding & all other Cord Crafts.
This machine quickly and efficiently makes cords from all kinds of yarns, including toilet paper and plastic bags if you like, made to your own diameter preference and firmness of lay from soft to super hard,  S or Z laid cord can be made, mixed colour or mixed yarn cords can be made. You are only limited by your imagination and whatever yarn you have. 
This machine is built to last a more than a lifetime using only the finest materials.
A heavy 4.5" diameter body with thick clear end plates, steel machine gears, oil filled bronze bearings at all points of contact, stainless steel drive shafts and brazed stainless steel hooks, all fixings are stainless steel. 
This cord maker will fit in any corded or cordless drill with a chuck capacity of  at least12mm (1/2") though I can make a reduced diameter shaft if needed.
The cordmaker comes complete with a 4 hook out end made with recycled hard wood Mahogany Oak etc, and instructions.

£180.00 + £12.00 Shipping in the UK.
(Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm)

I can ship anywhere in the world, please ask for a shipping quote.
As a guide, fully insured, tracked and signed for shipping to the USA & Canada works out around £35.40. Mainland Europe is around £17.45. Mainland Australia is around £33.50
Please note: I have experienced severe delays in delivery to the Netherlands recently, with the NL customs holding the items for 20+ days, explanation was that they have such a large backlog of international mail due to Coronavirus, please be aware that I can not make a compensation claim for non delivery until 20 working days after the expected delivery date. so far I have not had a parcel lost in the post.
overseas customers: if you are not willing to accept the possibility of a long wait for your parcel then please do not place an order! or please ask and I will get a quote for delivery by express courier (DHL, UPS etc)

New style hooks, also come with vinyl caps to protect the face plate from scratches if the need arises to disassemble.

making a 10 meter sample of 10mm sisal rope to test the strength of the hooks.

Paper raffia ribbon cords.

Sisal cords.

Linen cords.

The out end has a reversible aluminium angle bracket which can be attached to the front or back of the wood block so it can be clamped or screwed to any surface, whether that be the end of your work bench or a  step ladder across the other side of your garden.
These outends are made from recycled Oak, some of which had some nice oil? stains.
The wood is sanded and sealed with several coats of shellac.

A drill holder can be made from something as simple as a block of wood taped to your drill, or a custom built drill sled.
(Please note a drill holder is not included with the cord maker as every drill is different I have not come up with  a universal holder yet)
Made from recycled Mahogany for my cordless drill

My old drill holder from recycled Mahogany


General Tools.

Hitching Needles.
The best tool for needle hitching, whether covering, beckets, bell ropes, needle cases, bottles and anything else you might like to hitch over.
3", 4", 5", 6" & 8" lengths. supplied as a 5 piece set only. £10.00 

Net Making Tools.

Norwegian Netting Needles.
My Personal favourite, made from super durable Acetal (POM).
Sizes available, all sizes are in mm.

6.5 x 130.  each £3.00
8.5 x 160.  each £3.50
10 x 200.  each £4.50
12 x 200.  each £4.75
14 x 200.  each £5.00
16 x 240.  each £5.50
18 x 250.  each £5.75
20 x 250.  each £6.00

Other sizes available,  please ask. 

Standard plastic netting needles.
 Great for general use, with a full length tine which stops the needle unwinding if you happen to drop it, this is the only standard needle I have found that has this feature! 
6" £1.20
8" £1.60
10" £2.00


Splicing Tools.

5 piece, Stainless Steel Selma Splicing fid set. 
Ideal for splicing 3 and 4 strand ropes, Octoplait rope and double braid /tubular ropes. pictorial instructions included and supplied in a durable plastic tube £40.00

FSE, Robline, Plastic splicing needle set.
With wooden handled pusher full instructions for several splices, 
supplied in a plastic wallet. £15.00


 Canvas Working Tools.

Sailmakers Needles.
Genuine, William Smith & Son, best quality Sailmakers  needles, sold as a set of 7 needles only.  
sizes 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13 & 12 supplied in each set. £8.00

Small seam ripper. for use in light cloth. £1.20
Large seam ripper. for use in heavyweight cloth £2.20
Small wooden handled awl. for making holes in tough fabrics or leather. £2.20


Standard 31 gram Beeswax block. £1.50
Highest quality professional Sailmakers Beeswax cake. £5.00


Thank you for looking.

Take care,
Barry ;-)