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What is Paracord

If you spend any time on the internet I’m sure you have heard the term paracord and more specifically 550 paracord. What is paracord. Well it is a lightweight nylon cord originally used for support lines of parachutes. Nowadays it is a favorite of the survivalists, backpackers and outdoors people in general.

The cord is extremely versatile and strong. The 550 in 550 paracord stands for the strength of the cord. It has a 550 pound breaking strength which is a lot for a small diameter cord.

Survivalists and outdoors people have found a myriad of uses for the cord so I’ll list just a few.

1. Use as a tourniquet

2. Use the inner core for fishing lines

3. Use inner core for sutures

4. Make a splint

5. Make a temporary shelter/tent ties

6. Hang game

7. Secure equipment

8. Use inner core for mending

9 Boot laces

As you can see the uses are only limited by our imagination

The beauty of this cord is it’s small size and light weight. It comes in diameters from 3/16 inch to ¼ inch with 100 feet weighing approximately 8 ounces for the 1/4 inch size. Note smaller diameters have lower breaking strength.

Paracord bracelets are the rage right now. The average paracord bracelet will give you 10 to 12 feet of cord. It’s not a lot but could save your life in a pinch. These bracelets can be purchased or you can make your own. They are really quite easy to make. A quick search for making paracord bracelets will give you plenty of examples.

One post told about getting your kids involved in making them as a fun family project or even a school or scout project. This idea struck a cord with me so I’m going to introduce my grandkids to making paracord bracelets.

I prefer to keep longer lengths on the boat and with my hunting gear. We use it to tie down just about anything that is loose or flying in the wind. I know friends who have used it to drag a deer out of the woods or brush.

One word of caution. Not all paracord is made equal. With the current popularity many companies are jumping on the band wagon. If your use will be for safety, make sure you check the specifications of the cord. it will be just like anything else you buy. You will get what you pay for. If you buy cord that is mil spec and made in the USA you should be fine.


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BIS  

Completely new to me - so it was interesting to read about it.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for the comment. I've been surprised by how many people haven't heard about it. It really is a versatile cord.

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  about 6 years ago

Great article John, I found it quite informative, although my fishing and hunting days are far behind me I will pass this info on to my granddaughter and her boyfriend. They are both into fishing.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for the comment Peter. Just an aside. I'm nearly 73 and still fishing

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  about 6 years ago

Interesting stuff John.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for the visit Shawn. I've been quire surprised by the number of people who had no idea what paracord is

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  about 6 years ago

Since we spend a lot of time camping and boating we actually have this in our camping gear. What an interesting article!

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks for commenting Judith. I was wondering if you have ever had occasion to use it?

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  about 6 years ago

John we used to sell this when i worked in the tackle outdoor store. It came in packs 25m, 50m, and 100m long and was a good seller. It is very light as you say and can be squeezed into pack packs without a problem. I think I have a couple of rolls of it around here somewhere just haven't been camping in a while to put my hands on it.

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  about 6 years ago

It is a big seller in my area also. I like its versatility

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  about 6 years ago

learned something new here. I bet those bracelets would (as you said) "strike a cord" with my scouting nephews.

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  about 6 years ago
Dom Wells  

I spend a lot of time on the Internet but this is actually my first time to see the term "paracord" !

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  about 6 years ago

I guess I gotta socialize more. Even though I am into outdoors stuff like kayaking and hiking and done a lot in the Rocky Mountains I have never been introduced to paracord. Thanks for the information it sound like something pretty handy to have on hand.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Jim. Most hunters, hikers and fishermen now have a length of this cord with them

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  about 6 years ago

Not heard of this before. Very interesting article!

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  about 6 years ago

Thank you. I'm glad you are now aware of an awesome product

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  about 6 years ago

Not a big fisherman, but this looks pretty sweet!

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  about 6 years ago

This cord is handy for almost all outside activity

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  about 6 years ago
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