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    Knotting parador is a fun little hobby, true. But you can easily replace your TB pulls with a $5 kit:

    https://www.tombihn.com/products/cor...nt=16560980743

    You can find zipper pulls in the travel section of an department store or outdoor shop. They are also online at most of the luggage suppliers. Eagle Creek has a wide selection as do some REI stores. I'd go for tags, though, but TB's are ever so boring:

    https://www.tombihn.com/collections/...nt=16409108935

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaGirl View Post
    Greetings,
    Would you share photos of each of these knots, please? I learned to make the dragonfly knot and several others, but I'm always on the lookout for a great zipper pull knot. Thanks! elisa

    Here my bag with his current knot-zip-puller "configuration":

    main pocket: man (with cobra knots) + cobra
    water pocket: dragonfly (with purple and blue bead eyes)
    middle pocket: 2 beads on simple Mathew walker
    side pockets: diamond
    bottom pocket: dragonfly (with yellow and green bead eyes) + I-dunno-the-name
    (details in spoiler at the bottom Wink)

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    Spoiler for Here the detail:

    Cobra
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL41UBj6j6I
    Making bags stand out/easy to identify-cobra-jpg

    Dragonfly
    cobra knots
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8yi5ixTo9Y
    Making bags stand out/easy to identify-dragonfly-jpg

    Diamond
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vYVP4AzMu8
    Making bags stand out/easy to identify-diamond-jpg

    Man
    diamond knot + cobra knots
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCLFOtqLSJQ
    Making bags stand out/easy to identify-man-jpg

    2 diamond beads
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbVf7xZpQrk
    with 2 simple knots at the end
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    I-didnt-know-the-name aka Teardrop
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AukKjIdBzeI
    the front is quite pretty, the back is quite ugly (burnt&glued)
    Making bags stand out/easy to identify-dunno_frt-jpgMaking bags stand out/easy to identify-dunno_bck-jpg

    Bonus

    single Mathew walker
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5C2ruRpGGQ
    Mathew walker (2 strands)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK4GzDSgCfo
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    Man V2
    diamond knot + snake knots
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbB9wQF1qNw
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    Twisted Dragonfly
    homemade creation: keep starting with the same side of the cobra knot for the body
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    the Ring
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgHTjMccVdI
    Making bags stand out/easy to identify-ring-jpg

    Here the first batch of knotted zip pullers from one 5-yard coyote cord (from TB)
    (then I destroyed the cobra knots to mix the coyote cord with a red&reflective cord)
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    Erratum: the single Mathew Walker was not on my GES25... but on my Snake Charmer Big Grin

    Last edited by Rei; 02-12-2020 at 01:38 AM. Reason: not a single mathew walker... on my GES25

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rei View Post
    Here my bag with his current knot-zip-puller "configuration"
    Greetings,
    Very nicely done. Bravo! I've done a four strand Matthew Walker knot before, but the Simple version looks very nice. I'll have to try it. I love the beads, too. So many great ideas!

    Thank you, a dozen times, thank you for sharing! elisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaGirl View Post
    Greetings,
    Very nicely done. Bravo! I've done a four strand Matthew Walker knot before, but the Simple version looks very nice. I'll have to try it. I love the beads, too. So many great ideas!

    Thank you, a dozen times, thank you for sharing! elisa
    Thank you Elisa!

    But... the single Mathew Walker was not on my GES25... but on my Snake Charmer Big Grin sorry my mistake (with the beads there are 2 simple knots at the end of the coyote cord)
    (I edited my previous post)
    Last edited by Rei; 02-12-2020 at 06:48 AM.
    just a Bihnion here

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    I prefer low-profile, black bags, but if Iím checking them or otherwise would like to easily identify them, I use gaff tape.

    Gaff tape is a little like duct tape, but it has a matte cloth surface and is easy to remove without leaving a tape residue. Traditionally itís black but you can get it in a variety of colors, including fluorescents. A strip of bright green gaff tape with my name in Sharpie is perfect most times, and when I donít need it anymore I peel it off and have my low-profile black bag again. I buy gaff via Amazon but locally itís available at most music or camera stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rei View Post
    Here my bag with his current knot-zip-puller "configuration":
    WOW! You'll never have to worry about, "uhh, sir? I believe you've accidentally grabbed my bag" Wink

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmedek View Post
    I prefer low-profile, black bags, but if I’m checking them or otherwise would like to easily identify them, I use gaff tape.
    I used to do that and then, quite by accident, I discovered something both low profile but extremely effective:

    One time a few years back we had travelled on 5 one-way flights in a row, picking up luggage each time - after each leg I had attached a paper tags with string. The tag would get ripped off, but the string stayed and each time I was attaching the tag to a different handle. By the time we were half-way back on return, there were little white strings hanging from most of the handles.

    I watched about 20 people approach our bag on the carousel, see the strings, and then back away. Genius! The strings are only about 1 inch long off of each handle attach point, but they might as well be a strobe light on the carousel. Ever since then, the same thing happens every time - people approach the bag and then immediately turn away, yet on the street they're almost invisible.

    Also, it's funny because one time coming back from europe, 3 people were trying to figure out if the black bag with rainbow ID strap was theirs or not, but ours was in the clear Smilie

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    This has been very helpful; thanks for the replies...

    I’m going to go with bright paracord for my zipper ties (our favorite local outdoor store, Hilton’s Tent City has it).

    To respond to a couple of points others made here: unfortunately, the Empire Builder seems only available in dark colors (black, or a metallic dark blue?) but I found a source for a reflective strap, which I’ve ordered. This bag will never get checked, but there were good ideas for marking luggage that would; I purchased my primary checked bag from a vendor that provides an option to custom-embroider the handle, so my name and city is there in bright orange - don’t think that’s going to get misplaced, though at a slight loss of privacy.

    This has been a terrific help, again thanks for all the great comments!

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    For the "walking around at night" issue, would you be interested in attaching a light to the bag (or to its shoulder strap)? TB doesn't sell the Guardian Light anymore--if I remember right, it was because their supplier stopped making them--but there are similar clip-on lights available elsewhere. This style looks the same as the ones TB used to sell, and it can clip onto a 1" or a 1.5" strap.

    If you're not sure and you'd like to see one first, I can show you one of my lights sometime--let me know. Smilie

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    I found something called a “frog light” - and it’s now attached to the bag. Will see whether that feels sufficiently safe!

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    For carry ons, I like this on the top grab handle. https://countycomm.com/products/inst...lective-2-pack

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