Lanyards – What are they?

Lanyards

Lanyards are commonly seen nowadays at events, schools, hospitals and business premises and are generally a cord worn around the neck to hold a security pass, identification or business card.  However, Lanyards are not a modern invention and can in fact be traced back hundreds of years.

History of the Lanyard

The earliest mentions of lanyards are from France in the 1500s where they were used primarily by soldiers or pirates.  The word stems from the French ‘Lanière’ which means a thong or strap.  They were mainly used to secure a weapon or tool during combat or when pirates were climbing the rigging on ships and were usually just made from any piece of cord or rope that was available.

As time went on, the military developed the lanyard and included special fixings or attachments to make switching weapons or tools easier.  This made them much more practical to use in everyday life.  They also started to be used as a decorative item on military uniforms, often indicating the wearer’s qualification or regiment.  They can still be seen on modern military uniforms such as the British Royal Artillery uniform which has a lanyard that originally held a key for adjusting the fuzes of explosive shells.  You may have noticed some of these decorative lanyards as a coloured braid often worn at the shoulder.

The Modern Day

The lanyards that we are used to seeing today are usually made from polyester or nylon.  They can be made in a large variety of colours and can be printed on.  This means they can be another method of displaying the branding of your organisation or event.

As well as being an ideal place to display branding, lanyards help with security at events or large organisations.  They make it easy to recognise who someone is and can also hold swipe cards for access to restricted areas.

Things to Consider When Buying Lanyards

If you are considering buying lanyards for your business, there are a number of things to think about to make sure you get the best ones for your requirements.

  • Budget – make sure you know what your budget is and stick to it. Don’t get carried away with added extras that you can’t really afford.
  • Purpose – what do you need them for? Will they be swiped constantly or are they just for identification purposes at an event?  How durable will they need to be?
  • Long/short term use – will they be used for a one off purpose at an event or will they be used every day? If they are going to be used every day then obviously you will need to make sure they are going to last so that you don’t need to constantly replace them.
  • Design – do you just need a plain strap in your chosen colour or does it need to be printed with a design? Make sure the design isn’t too complicated as it will lose its effect.  Consider whether your lanyards will have a promotional purpose or just a practical one.  If they are for an event, it may be possible to get a company to sponsor them if you are happy for them to display their logo on them.

It is well worth asking for a sample before buying lanyards in bulk to make sure the quality matches your expectations and that they will be the right fit for your requirements.  Feel free to browse our existing lanyards which you can order direct from the site.

The team at Custom Cards can help with any of your printing requirements so please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your needs.