Being Creative With Paracord

Being Creative With Paracord 0

550lb paracord has long been celebrated for its innumerable uses and survival purposes and has now found favour as a handy crafting material. With a bit of persistence you can make all sorts of stuff with it; pouches, dog collars, watch straps and necklaces. Perhaps the most common accessory you can create from paracord is a bracelet, which can make for an excellent finished product not just aesthetically, but also regarding function.
 
I've been feeling a bit creative recently, so I had a go at weaving some paracord bracelets, and soon found myself getting obsessed. I tried several different varieties based on the classic ‘Cobra’ design, and here're are some of the bracelets I ended up with:
 The King Cobra Paracord Bracelet
The King Cobra Paracord Bracelet
 
A natural extension of the classic ‘Cobra’ weave pattern that’s commonly used in paracord bracelet manufacture. It creates an excellent full fitment and a stocky looking bracelet, and of course means you’re carrying much more cordage than a standard Cobra bracelet. My example here ended up using a good 16 feet of the cord while the regular Cobras for my wrist size would use around 8.5 feet.
‘Fisherman’ Survival Bracelet
‘Fisherman’ Survival Bracelet
 
With this bracelet, I included a hidden compartment fashioned from black polyolefin heat shrink, which contains a survival fishing kit consisting of hooks, weights and swivels fastened in a length of plastic straw, and then wrapped in fishing line. After inserting the fishing equipment and passing the two central cords of the Cobra weave through the heat shrink, then shrinking it with a lighter, I carried on the Cobra weave to finish. There are plenty of possibilities for what you could include in one of these bracelets, and it’s an idea that could be taken a lot further. A fully featured survival bracelet can be created if you've got the patience and loads of small survival kit elements to build into it.
Mad Max Paracord
Mad Max Style Paracord Bracelet
 
My personal favourite of these bracelets is inspired by my personal favourite film of 2015, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The film displayed some brilliantly detailed imagery for such a fast-paced action fest. One of these little features was the paracord bracelet worn by Mad Max, (played by Tom Hardy) it's a customised version of a Cobra weave that doesn’t use a fastener, but rather uses the cord itself to tighten the bracelet around the wrist. The best thing about this bracelet is that you can always get a perfect comfort fit every time you put it on.
 
Paracord Bracelets
 
If you haven’t tried creating a paracord bracelet before, go ahead and give it a go! All you need to get yourself started is some paracord, buckles, a ruler, lighter and something to cut the cord. The Cobra weave is a good beginning point. Crafting with paracord is one of those hobbies that’s easy to get into, but has a lot of depth and many possibilities when you get into it!

 

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A True Paracord Survival Bracelet

A True Paracord Survival Bracelet 0

Paracord Survival Bracelets are popular for a few reasons. They look great and enable you to carry a usable amount of extremely durable cord with you wherever you go.

I'd like to explain to you guys what I think a true paracord survival bracelet should be. The idea of such a bracelet would be to pack in the greatest amount of functionality into a bracelet while still keeping the expenses reasonable.


Beginning with the cord. This paracord blends all of the strengths of 550 Paracord (7 white internal strands & durable outer sheath), with an added 8 lb fishing line and a strand of jute twine.

The next point that makes this bracelet so valuable is the fastener. The Firestarting Whistle Buckle blends a buckle, a ferrocerium (fire steel) rod and a practical whistle. This buckle, with the Fish/Fire Paracord, would enable you to start a fire anywhere, as long as you have sufficient fuel after you ignite.

To me, a bracelet made with those two parts makes a lot of sense. The combined functionality of the whistle, fishing line, ferrocerium rod and jute, make this bracelet a great addition to your EDC gear.
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550 Paracord

550 Paracord 0

Paracord is exceptionally helpful on outdoor adventures, but it is something that gets frequently neglected in an everyday carry loadout. Granted it's not as usable as a knife or flashlight, it can come in handy.

 

550 Paracord has seven strands and comes in diverse colours.

 

One of the most versatile kinds of cordage is 500 parachute cord (AKA paracord or 550 cord). It is a particularly useful cordage, with applications exceeding what you may imagine at first glance. Looking at 550 paracord, you can be forgiven for mistaking it for a shoelace. You wouldn't think that it has a tensile strength of 550 pounds. While it is not meant as climbing rope, I have held my body weight with a single strand of 550 cord.

 

Standard 550 paracord also has seven white inner strands, which can be used for smaller tasks: sewing, fishing, even flossing. If you were to undo it you would effectively have eight times the length of cord: 7 inner strands + the outer sheath.

 

Tensile force breakdown of 550 Paracord:

 

Outside Sheath - 305 lbs
Inner Strand - 35 lbs each x 7 strands

 

Total Tensile Strength - 550 lbs.
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