Neck strap

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Braided lanyard as "pipe string"
USB stick with a simple, unprinted lanyard and safety plug connection

A neck strap (also lanyard [ ˈlænjə (r) d ] from French lanière = belt) is a strap, cord or cord with which small objects can be worn on the body, around the neck or on the wrist. The generic term is "lanyard". The term "Keylace" is also used synonymously.


At first the term was used in a military context; a pistol can be attached to the uniform by means of a lanyard. Other names for the military lanyards (slings) are:

  • Portepee , armpit cord and lanyard (English halyard for lanyard),
  • Single-Point-Sling (also tactical-Sling or Single-Hook-Sling ) as well as Double-Point-Sling (two-point suspension e.g. for rifles ),
  • Dynamic sling or bungee sling for slings with an elastic intermediate piece.

In the maritime area, the boatswain's whistle is worn on the whistle string.

Today the Anglicism lanyard is used in particular to denote key fobs, carrying straps for ID cards , wallets and devices for mobile entertainment electronics such as cell phones , MP3 players and USB sticks .


Initially, lanyards were used for stage passes or access authorizations, especially at music events and concerts, later they developed into fashion accessories and promotional gifts that are often distributed by companies. Therefore, lanyards are usually provided with advertising prints such as company logos or slogans. Key children or schoolchildren carry their apartment and bicycle keys safely with them.

The logos of sports clubs or music bands also adorn lanyards that are offered at the respective events. In this context, lanyards are often referred to as badge holders , badges , event bands or promo bands .


For better comfort , the tape is often sewn together offset by half a turn so that it lies flat against the body. An additional plastic or metal carabiner as a link between the lanyard and the attached object is helpful for quick disconnection.

To avoid strangulation , an unblockable plug connection is increasingly being introduced into the neck loop. This opens automatically if the pull is too large. Then the connector can be plugged together again.

See also


  • Clifford W. Ashley: Ashley Book of Knots . Special edition edition. Edition Maritim, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-89225-527-X (Chapter 4: "Single-strand lanyard", Chapter 7: "Multi-strand lanyard", Chapter 8: "Double-strand lanyard").
  • Raoul Graumont, John Hensel: Encyclopedia of Knots and Fancy Rope Work [1933] . Fourth Edition. Cornell Maritime Press, Cambridge (Maryland) 1977, ISBN 0-87033-021-7 (contains over 3,668 nodes with black and white photos).

Web links

Commons : Lanyards  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Halyard in the English language Wikipedia
  2. Image: Single-Hook-Sling  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ), YouTube-Video Tactical-Single-Point-Sling YouTube-Video: Fastening variants of the Single-Hook-Sling@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /
  3. Image: Dynamic-Sling (with elastic band)