Aside from its function to hold ID badges, different cards, mini household items, keys, pens, whistles, electronic devices or gadgets, eye glasses, and etc., what else do you know about lanyards?
These are the facts about lanyards before they became ID Lanyards.
1. The origin of “lanyards”
The word “lanyards” came from two French words. These are “lan”, which is a short version of the word “laniere” meaning a strap, and “yard” meaning spar, a part of a ship’s rigging.
2. The first use of lanyards
Did you know that the first people who used lanyards were sailors? They are sailors who find difficulties in climbing up their ship’s rigging while holding their different tools used in fixing their ship.
How did they manage to go up while the rigging is swaying with the strong wind in the middle of the sea when their hands are occupied holding a knife, a whistle, and binoculars? It does seem impossible and life-threatening.
To minimize the risks, one of these sailors found a way. He gathered all scrap fabrics, perhaps the ones which lay around the ship looking worthless, and then he tied them with each other making it rope-like.
The sailor tied the finished product around his waist. He gathered some more scraps and tied them individually in the rope-like material around his waist and on the ends of these individually tied scraps, he finally attached his tools.
Their dilemma had been solved and lanyards were invented. This had happened long, long ago. ID Lanyards are hundreds of years old.
3. The military functions of lanyards
Lanyards can basically hold anything which is small in size, and the military knew about this. So, they used lanyards for their advantages. They attached the lanyards in their uniforms and tied their pistols and other small artilleries in the lanyards.
That way they can easily access their weapons when face with enemies in their battlefields. Lanyards also helped them secure their weapons and prevent them from falling in the water in case they were battling in rivers or seas.
Up to this day, lanyards have military purposes. They served as ornaments for the military uniforms. The lanyards were braided now and were of different colors. They are also used in indicating the rank of the officials.
4. The purpose of lanyards in early years
Lanyards were first used by the military in World War II. After that, what had been lanyards’ purpose? Until 19th century, their purpose had still been the same—to protect one’s life.
People attached the lanyards underneath their clothing and used them to hold small knives that they may use for self defense. They had strategically positioned the lanyards on their shoulders so they may easily pull out their weapon in times of danger.
5. Lanyards are also made with knots
The process of creating lanyards is called boondoggle or scoubidou. Tying knots is part of the process.Summer camps for children usually have boondoggle lessons. Teachers help the kids tie different knots including triangle knot, box knot, butterfly knot, and Chinese knot.
There are ID Lanyards which are made of these knots.
6. Lanyards are used in mountain climbing
There are heavy-duty lanyards which help mountain climbers safely reach the peak of mountains. These lanyards can hold a massive object. They are called Lineman lanyards.
Their thickness and strength will allow the climbers to be sure that the rope will not break as they climb up. Lineman lanyards have adjustable buckles.
ID Lanyards clearly have a rich history. They were of significant purposes in the early years of invention. The quality of the material is the most important feature of lanyards during those days.
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