Lanyards have evolved throughout the years. What started as a simple piece of scrap cloth and leather used in the military and in the navy to secure men’s whistles, pistols, liquor flasks and monoculars is now used for more ordinary and practical things. Lanyard cords these days can also be customized using different methods like hot stamping, silk screening, weaving and dye sublimation. Lanyards are now also made using different materials like silicone, plastic beads, some even use pearls. Besides the cords, lanyards also come with different accessories for further customization.
1. Breakaway Connector
Breakaway connectors are additional accessories for lanyards that are often placed at the end of the cord opposite the metal connector. Their purpose is to snap loose once sudden pull is detected. This prevents the wearer from being choked or strangled if ever the lanyard gets caught onto something. Breakaway connectors are available in flat or tubular designs.
All commercial lanyards have crimps. A crimp is a small metal device used to secure the two open ends of a lanyard. Crimps come in different sizes to accommodate different widths of lanyard cords. They are not sold individually and are only available in packs of 50’s and 100’s. They have pointed “teeth” in them that buries into the lanyard cord to secure the two ends together and prevent them from getting loose.
Most lanyard cords come with stoppers. Stoppers are used to adjust the length of the lanyard cord because sometimes, the standard 36” length can be too long for some people. A stopper can be a simple plastic bead that is tightly fit around the lanyard cord, or a device that has a spring stopper which has a button that will loosen the when pressed. Stoppers are ideal for cords 3/8” to ½” in width. Lanyard cords that are 1 inch in width cannot be used with a stopper.
4. Lanyard Connectors
At the end of each lanyard is a connector. The connector will depend on the object to be attached. Heavier and bulkier objects, like a camera or a cellphone for example, need more durable but non-abrasive connectors. Lanyard connectors have different attachments such as D-eye, circle eye or square eye holes. The following are different kinds of connectors.
A loop is made out of a nylon string. It is perfect for securing whistles and USB flash drives. Loops can also be used to secure smartphones because they are not abrasive unlike metals clasps. A loop can only be attached to a portion of the object that has a loop, a ring or secured slot meant for accommodating them. A loop connector is attached to the lanyard cord by small plastic side-squeeze buckle.
Key rings are also called split rings. These connectors are made from stainless steel and are great for securing keys. They are ideal for objects that are not constantly attached and detached from the lanyard. The only disadvantage of key rings is that they can be abrasive.
Bulldog clips are ideal for securing ID’s, passes and name tags, basically any lightweight and flat object. Bulldogs clips in lanyards are lined with pointed “teeth” so that they can hold onto an object much better. The disadvantage of bulldog clips is that they can leave marks.
Swivel hooks can rotate 360 degrees from its attachment. This will lessen the chance of the lanyard cord from being twisted. Attaching object to swivel hooks are easy. A push of a button will open the hinge that locks the hook. Swivel hooks can be thumb hooks, carabineer hooks and thumb triggers. The object must have a big loop or hole to which the swivel hook can attach.