Your company or trading name
Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, how it all started and why you enjoy it.
I’m from Essex in the U.K. My day job is as a Product Test Engineer. In my spare time I make paracord goodies.
It all started a few years back. I saw a nice paracord lanyard on a forum and wanted one, which lead me to making my own. Then when I posted a photo up on the forum people messaged me asking “how much to buy?”
In a short time my new hobby became a small business. I also really enjoy making tutorials on Instagram to teach how to tie knots and make lanyards etc. It’s very rewarding having followers send photos showing that they have made something from one of my tutorials.
What are your aims and are there any items or products you’d love to make?
I’d really like to write a book with tutorials for paracord products. Right now I’m working on some new products for Heinnie.com which I hope the EDC crowd will like.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in the work you do associated with EDC?
A few years back I did a run of paracord keyfobs to support a charity my niece was working for. All the funds went to support families in London who otherwise would have had nothing at Christmas. I was amazed at the reaction of the EDC community on Instagram. Everything I made sold out, over and over. We raised hundreds of pounds. The charity was very grateful for the support.
What is the best thing you have made and why?
I once was commissioned to make some horse reins. The customer gave me the length and colours, then the rest of the design was up to me. I’d never done anything that big before (and probably wouldn’t again!) so it was a learning curve, but they came out good. A few weeks later the customer sent a lovely photo of his daughter on their horse with the reins in hand.
What EDC gear is in your pockets right now?
In my pockets right now, lets see….. Fisher space pen, a classic and that can’t be beaten. A Spyderco pingo (Bright orange). Swiss Army knife, not sure what model it is, but is has the basic useful tools, I almost always have a SAK on me. A Star Wars hank made for me by my wife.
Then on my bunch of keys – Leatherman Micro multitool, a little torch (Rovyvon Aurora A5), Small Ti Whistle, a mini sharpie pen, a Ti and tritium glow in the dark thingy, a Resqme mini keychain auto escape tool, a paracord keyfob with a brass Terminator skull (gift from another paracord maker). All attached via mini spring clips so I can attach and detach depending on needs for the day.
What’s the favourite piece of EDC gear that you own?
That’s a difficult question, I guess my favourite would be my Spyderco Pingo as its my go to EDC and my most used. I also like Spyderco as a company, the owner/founder, Sal, is active on forums and they listen to their customers. I once made a Paracord spider and sent to Spyderco HQ. Some weeks later I received a hand written letter from Sal thanking me. Apparently the Paracord spider sits in one of the display cabinets in the shop.
What EDC item would you love to own and why?
I’d really like a Ti Pingo! I missed out on the original run by Sprderco, so I’ll have to search for some after market scales and build my own.
A random fact about yourself that readers won’t learn anywhere else
I hate spiders. Big or small, if there’s one in a room I have to leave.
If you are on social media or have a website please include the links here so people can find out more about you
The only social media I’m on is Instagram @essexman_paracord. On my Instagram you’ll find my tutorials, some work in progress, generally an old man talking rubbish, and sometimes I may sell one offs or prototypes. My paracord goods are sold exclusively via heinnie.com Just put essexman in their search bar to see what’s available.