I prepared this info for another forum, but thought it may be of interest to readers here as well.
This is the result of my experiments trying to work out a 'better' termination knot for a 550 paracord wrap of my ESEE Izula fixed blade knife. The knife is supplied with a skeletonised handle, so normally needs some kind of cord-wrap to improve grip and comfort. There are many different ways to do the wrap itself, but it is normally finished with an overhand, reef, or similar knot.
The ESEE Izula, as supplied, and with a basic cord-wrap with reef/granny(?) knot termination (image from ESEE's website).
My aim was to find a neater, lower-bulk termination knot, which would not obstruct pushing on the pommel of the knife with the heel of your hand (when using the tip of the blade for drilling a hole, for example). I have seen examples of half-hitches and clove-hitches being used, but have not found these very secure in my own experiments, as the hitches can rotate around the bar of the handle and come loose.
My 'improved' termination knot - neat, secure, and minimal extra bulk. Working ends could of course be trimmed and sealed with a flame if desired.
Termination knot detail.
I experimented with possible knots by tying them round a pencil (less fiddly than on the knife itself). I also found this useful when preparing my knot diagram.
Diagram of my new suggested termination knot.