Nowadays, a modern lanyard isn’t simply a cord with a designated connector but they are not a new invention. They can be spotted as early as the 15th century in the French army where they were used to connect an officer’s whistle, pistol or sword to his uniform temporarily. Today, lanyards have a milder but just as important usage in schools, businesses and events. They have connectors that come in many kinds, namely side-squeeze buckles, U-clip, split rings, swivel hooks and swivel bolt snaps.
Here are other lanyard accessories:
Stoppers are important to adjust the cord’s length. They are used to limit the lanyard cord to certain widths. However they are unavailable for cords 1 inch wide but are perfect for shoelace cords (about 3/8 inches). They come as tightly fit beads or a special kind of round plastic beads with a button called a spring stop. There is one disadvantage with stoppers. Although they help adjust the length of the lanyard cord, they could scratch off screen printed texts and designs on the cord.
Crimps are commonly attached at the front end of lanyards to secure the loose and open ends together. They are available in different kinds of openings and sizes to accommodate different kinds and thickness of the cord and are made from nickel and stainless steel. They are commonly sold in bags of 100 pieces from wholesalers and are very rarely sold individually. Crimps have sharp “teeth” to secure itself to the cord. Once attached, they would be very hard to remove.
Breakaway connectors are placed at the nape part of the lanyard cord. When a lanyard is snagged, breakaway connectors automatically sense the tension and release the lanyard to avoid choking the person. Therefore their function is opposite of the seatbelt’s function. Breakaway connectors are made of plastic and come in round and flat designs. Some even have 3 breakaway connectors. Breakaway connectors can be attached to wide and thin cords.
Lanyard cords are not made of cotton, polyester, nylon or any kind of fabric. They may made from faux leather, beads, clear plastic cord or plastic zipper. Beaded lanyards are often made from woven seed beads but some fashionable variants have pearls, crystals and Murano glass beads. They resemble an elegant opera or lariat necklace and are of course designed especially for women who find typical lanyard cords unfashionable. The company name and logo can’t be incorporated in this kind of lanyard cord so they are not made for strict, professional use.
Faux leather cords look very sophisticated. Texts can be printed on the leather; however, ink colors for faux leather cords are quite limited. Even faux leather lanyard cords almost never come with other colors other than black and different hues of brown. They come in either one strip of ½ inch wide faux leather or 3 thin strips braided together. These are not ideal for mass distribution as it is relatively more expensive.
Lanyards made from plastic cords are not so widely used due to their lack of flexibility and the fact that plastic cords get brittle overtime. Customization is very limited on this kind of cord. Lightweight plastic zipper cords are fun to have and they can also be zipped back to a single cord to avoid any tangles. They come in various colors but customization is very limited. The plastic zipper cord can be printed with gradient colors, simulating a company’s color theme. However no text can be printed on the cord but a dangling silicon badge can be attached to the zipper.