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    Getting Crafty With Paracord

    Apr 4, 2014



    Originally designed as lines for parachutes in World War II, parachute cord quickly became a very useful cordage for many battlefield uses. Somewhere along the way, parachute cord was shortened to paracord and the name stuck like gum to the bottom of your shoe. The tough nylon exterior and several inner strands of rope, make for a very strong yet lightweight rope. Unless you’ve been living on the dark side of the moon for the past couple of years, then I am sure you’ve seen the huge spike in popularity of the paracord bracelets. I personally like the idea of being prepared for everything (reference my “4 Pocket Essentials for Every Day Carry” post) but this cordage can be used for a million and one other uses besides being tightly woven around your wrist.



    Paracord Shoe Laces

    Put aside the fashion statement bracelets and think about where it would be beneficial to have a high strength, lightweight rope. You’d be surprised at all of the wacky ideas that you can come up with when you put your mind to it. I personally think that paracord makes the best shoe laces known to man. You don’t have to wear combat colors to enjoy all that this nylon wonder has to offer. Because of the popularity of the cord, you can get it in pretty much any color you want, you name the pigment and there’s probably a company out there that sells it. Along with being much stronger than traditional laces, the nicest thing about using paracord for shoelaces is that as long as you have those boots or shoes on you’ll always have a few yards of the stuff with you.



    Paracord Knife Lanyard

    Just from sitting on the couch with a bundle of this cordage, you’ll come up with unique ways to use it. If there’s a will there’s a way, and after picking up a CRKT Minimalist knife I wanted to find a better way to carry it. By simply attaching a length of paracord through an eyelet on the knife’s kydex sheath and tying a simple loop to go around my belt, I now have a way to successfully conceal and deploy my new favorite little knife. With the sheathed knife tucked into the inside of my pants at the 3 o’clock position, a strategic upward pull of the knife handle brings the protected blade out. When it is far enough out, the uber strong paracord snaps the kydex cover off and reveals the blade. It’s the little gear ideas like this that make paracord your best friend. I didn’t reinvent the wheel or anything but without paracord, I just don’t think this method of deploying a knife would be possible.



    Paracord Knife Handle

    For some odd reason, paracord and knives go together like chicken and waffles. You would think that a knife wrapped in cordage is something of a paradox, because you use a knife to cut rope and never in a million years would it feel right at home as a knife handle. Magically this combination works and surprisingly enough just about anybody with 10 fingers and half a brain can wrap the handle with paracord (maybe that’s why my knife handle doesn’t look perfect). With the help of a knife to cut the cordage and a lighter to finish off the cut ends, you’ll have an attractive looking handle that sticks to your hand like a magnet. Besides the ease of use, should you ever find yourself in a survival situation or in desperate need of a strong rope, you now have a few feet of paracord at your disposal neatly wrapped around the safe end of your knife.



    Paracord Belt Loops

    The thing with this wonder rope is, you only fully appreciate it when you use it for something you never thought it’d excel at. Who ever thought that replacing the polymer belt attachments on knife sheaths with an unobtrusive loop of paracord would work? Sure it’s no TEK-LOK, but making some of these loops costs roughly $0.20. Price aside, paracord is much slimmer and lighter than any other option for attaching bladed weapons to you or your gear.

    I am not the end all be all creator of everything paracord. I did however show you a few ways that you could use it other than storing it around your wrist as bracelet. If Martha Stewart ditched the flowers and ribbon for the tactical lifestyle, paracord would be her go-to material for getting crafty with gear. The stuff is literally like duct tape, you can use it for pretty much anything and a lot of the time I do. Pick up 100 feet of paracord so the next time you’re bored on the couch, you can grab your gear and see what you come up with.
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    44 Ways to Use Paracord for Survival



    Secure a tent Secure a tarp between trees Hang tools from your belt Hang tools from around your neck Secure things to the outside of your backpack Make a tourniquet Secure a splint Make a sling for your arm Make an emergency belt to hold your pants up Make emergency suspenders Replace a broken bra strap (it happens) Replace broken or missing shoe laces Repair a zipper pull Secure your boat or skiff to a tree Make a tow line; double or triple up for extra strength Create a makeshift lanyard String a clothesline Hang something up off the ground Rig a pulley system Make traps and snares Replace damaged or missing draw strings in packs, bags and sweat pants Keep rolled up items secure Create a neckerchief slide Tie objects together for easier transport Make a rope Make a hammock Make a sack for carrying groceries or gear Bundle stuff together Tie tall garden vegetable plants to stakes Make a pet leash Make a pet collar Secure a garbage-bag rain poncho around your body to keep you dry Hang food in trees to keep the bears away Tie stuff down so it will not blow away in a storm Create a trip wire Create makeshift hand cuffs Tie bad guys or intruders to a tree or chair Tie people together on a trail so that they keep together Identify members of a group using different colored armbands or bracelets Use as sewing thread (inner threads) Use as fishing line (inner threads) Emergency dental floss (inner threads) Emergency suture material (inner threads) when there is nothing else available Make arts and crafts to stave off boredom

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    That is some serious good stuff that paracord. Hell yeah that and a lite tarp, or even a big sheet of plastic makes a real easy set up shelter to stay dry.
    Major jump center over here at Deland airport. I got up close and checked out the new chutes the leapers use. Paracord is super strong cause not many stringers holding that chute between life and death when their leaping.
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    I use my share of paracord and keep a lot on hand. A couple of months ago I made me a new keychain. The wife liked it so I made her one. A few days later she came back from work all excited cause they needed a piece of rope at work and didn't have any, she whips out and unties her keychain and used it for whatever they were doing. Next thing I know she's got bags of paracord all over the place, she's making keychains and bracelets. She put some in a store her sister runs and they've been selling like crazy. So now this is going to cost me some work. She wants me to make some stands to hang the stuff on, she's got one more store lined up to display the stuff and she wants to hit up some more stores too.
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