When I was reading about stick making many moons ago. The writer said he always used a pva glue/water mix on paracord and to this day whenever I use paracord in any sort of whipping I still do that. Works a treat. The water stops it drying white and the glue holds it all together.there's a youtube vid comparing leather vs paracord, I think paracord wins out, but both do help protect the axe. The leather looks tatty quickly, food for thought.
My axes are wrapped with paracord, but it has been waxed before going on to help keep it tight and stop the hitches from slipping, works really well
That's an interesting idea.I have often wondered if the leather playbones for dogs made out of leather could have another function too, some of them are quite thick and if they could be reshaped might make fairly good impact protection for various purposes.