Thank you for the accolades, Kraken and PitCarver!As regards my new method of finishing the ends, it involves partially gutting the cord before melting the ends. My technique and method could still use a little refinement. But it gave me an excuse to finally try out SAK pliers. Oh, and I can't tie a diamond knot to save my life!
Here's the video I use each time I tie a diamond knot.
Just get some paracord and tie/untie it until you get the hang of it.
I don't know the correct name, Aloha, but I call it a noose knot. Wait a second.Stop the presses, looks like it's called a "Reeves Coil Knot".
I dont know the name of the knot I use for my lanyards but its one I enjoy.