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  1. Adding a Center Stripe to Paracord Bracelets

    The most common paracord bracelet you will see is the cobra stitch (AKA Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet). This is probably because it is the easiest to both make and unravel. It also packs a lot of cord into a small bracelet, that being one foot for every tied inch, making it a logical choice for your survival needs. These bracelets can get a little boring after a while though, so folks have started looking for ways to enhance them. One of the ways this is done is by adding a center stripe....
  2. Be Careful Where You Buy

    In the ages of modern technological convenience, it is easy to get wrapped up in all of the things you can do with the push of a button or click of a mouse. Online shopping has become just as popular as actual physical shopping, if not more so. It is just too easy to shop from home in our pajamas. Getting dressed and braving cold or rain does not sound like much fun in comparison. Plus, your purchases are delivered right to your door, eliminating sharing the road with bad drivers as well!...
  3. Brass In Your Bracelet

    Tired of the wearing the same old paracord bracelet as everyone else? Want to differentiate yourself from the herd of folks wearing paracord bracelets to look cool even though they will never use them because they have no idea that what they are wearing is actually a practical survival tool rather than a trendy fashion accessory? One way to make your paracord bracelet different is to put spent brass in it. This does not serve much of a practical purpose, but it is unique...much more so than...
  4. Carabiners & Paracord

    Carabiners are an important part of any survivalist or woodsman\'s supplies. The can snap onto just about anything and serve multiple purposes according to their weight bearing capacity. They are also pretty easy to keep almost anywhere; put a carabiner on your key chain or snap it to your pack or belt looop and you will not even notice it is there. Carabiners are very useful, and even more useful when paired with paracord. Back in the vein of making your stuff work for you, using a...
  5. Carry a Whistle with Paracord

    By now it is no secret that I am a bit obsessed with making your stuff work for you. I cannot help it-I feel like everything in this world needs to pull its weight and toe the line, even the stuff I am carrying with me. It not only has to be useful, but it has to serve multiple uses whenever possible. I am not a fan of being weighed down with a bunch of things I do not need or that cannot serve me, so everything has to have a job, or even a second or third job. Another obsession of mine is...
  6. Carry Paracord on Your Head with a Boonie Hat

    When you are going about the business of life, spending time outdoors, you might want a little bit of shade on your face and neck. A good way to get this shade is with a hat, preferably one with a wide brim to shield you from the sun's rays. A good example of this is a boonie hat. Historically, boonie hats (also known as bush hats) were used by the military for the purpose of camouflage. Around the brim of a boonie had is what is known as a 'foliage ring.' This is a continuous band of fabric...
  7. Combining Paracord with Tape and a Knife for One Handy Device

    There are a plethora of items you should consider carrying with you when out and about away from civilization. When you are running errands around town it is less of a pressing matter to have survival supplies on hand because there is a drugstore or other form of big box store practically on every corner. When it is just you and the wilderness, however, having access to certain items only happens if you think ahead and plan to have those items on or with you. Three important things to have...
  8. Consider the King Cobra

    Paracord bracelets are probably the easiest and most common way to carry paracord. Put one on your wrist and it becomes a part of you that goes mostly unnoticed until you need it. It does not get in the way or feel uncomfortable, instead feeling like a second skin of sorts. Plus paracord bracelets come with endless cool points. In a standard bracelet, you have one foot of cord for every tied inch of bracelet. This means that if your bracelet is eight inches, you will have eight feet of...
  9. Creating Paracord Bandages

    Paracord has often been discussed as a fix all and has proven to be just that. In many situations where you would be up a creek, paracord has probably been there for you a time or two. One such example is during an injury. Say you cut your finger while out on a hiking trail. Anything can and does happen, often when you least expect it, which includes bleeding cuts. Having a Band-aid or other type of bandage would be excellent, but if you do not have such items, you are going to have to find...
  10. Customize Pens with Paracord

    Whether it happens at work, school, or anywhere else, we've all had someone steal a pen of ours. Perhaps it was not actually stolen so much as borrowed and not returned, but regardless of the details, our stuff has gone missing. No good deed goes unpunished it sometimes seems, and with pens being pretty similar looking across the board, it can be tough to identify and prove what is rightfully yours. With one pen varying very little or not at all from the next one, pens are anything but...
  11. Cutting The Cord

    Paracord is a handy survival tool that should never been left at home. What is another survival tool that should never be left at home? Your knife, of course! Let\'s say you are a forgetful sort and you set off on a hike with only your trusty dog Rover. You want to enjoy some peace and serenity, so you leave your cell phone at home. In the process of removing your phone from your pocket, you set your knife down. Then, unfortunately, you forget to pick it back up. Oops. Before you know it,...
  12. Diamond Braid Stitch

    If you are looking for an easy paracord knot that can amount to a quickly finished project, then you are in luck! One that comes to mind as a match for such a description is the Diamond Braid Stitch. It is not so much knot tying as passing strands over one another, but it can look really nice when you are done. Well, for most people it does. My efforts never seem to be quite as impressive as other paracordists when it comes to this knot, but like I\'ve said before, I have weak hands and...
  13. Don't Be a Square--Tie Square Knots!

    If you are a fan of paracord bracelets but want something a little different and, dare I say funky, then here is some information on a bracelet you should try. It is wider than your average cobra stitch bracelet (Solomon Bar AKA Portuguese Sinnet) plus it has a little give to it due to the looser nature of the knots. It is also a little bit asymmetrical which gives it a funky, unique look. To make the Square Knot bracelet, you may want to consider using a larger buckle. I usually make...
  14. Duck Call Lanyards

    Hunting for ducks incorporates many things, but one certain necessity is the tool or ability to call ducks. Whether you have magic lips and can emit an effective waterfowl call or have to use a manmade duck call to get the job done, there is a serious need to produce some quacking. Depending on your level of commitment, you could be spending a couple hundred dollars for those calls and you definitely don't want to drop or lose something that expensive. Enter the paracord waterfowl call...
  15. Enter The Dragonfly!

    Paracord is largely billed as survival material, and in all seriousness, that is exactly what it is. However, there is more to paracord than serving a serious purpose...paracord can be fun, too! As someone who has made and sold a paracord project or two over the years, I am well aware that kids love paracord as much as adults do. Many kinds want to be just like mom and dad, so it comes as no surprise that people ask all the time about paracord gear for their kids. Lots of times kids are...
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