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  1. Paracord for Stethoscopes

    Everyone has someone in their lives who at one time or another will be in need of a gift. Regardless of the holiday in question, you want to do something special for the people you love. There may not even be a holiday or any other specific reason other than wanting to show that you care in your own unique way. There are lots of paracord items that can serve as gifts. You can make bracelets, anklets, rifle or shotgun slings, lanyards, and much, much more. What if you want to step outside of...
  2. Paracord Bookmarks

    With e-readers taking over the book market, it is starting to seem as though actual books with pages are becoming a thing of the past. I myself prefer books made of paper as opposed to those in digital format, so I am hanging on for dear life to those crisp, printed pages. Part of keeping actual books alive is keeping bookmarks to protect the pages written off by so many in favor of a tablet screen. It is important to preserve what we have while we have it, such as is the case with books....
  3. Paracord Neck Lanyards

    Being able to carry items in new and different ways is a lot of the reason paracord has been so widely embraced. Paracord is everywhere, having taken on new jobs as well as grabbing hold of old ones and making them better. One of these old things that paracord has improved is the lanyard. For quite some time, boring lanyards have rested around the necks of people as a means to carry work identification badges or keys. These lanyards were a flat, dull color with a cheap clip that barely...
  4. Tying a Monkey Fist

    The Monkey Fist is one of the most popular knots made with paracord. It works great as a weight at the end of a line in addition to serving decorative purposes on fobs and such. Monkey Fists can be made in sizes ranging from small to large depending on the purpose you have in mind for yours. Monkey Fists are also difficult to tie until you get the hang of it. The basic knot structure is not difficult so much as holding and pulling all of the right cords at the right time. Some people use...
  5. 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...
  6. The Easiest Paracord Bracelet You Will Ever Make!

    Making items out of paracord is enjoyable and relaxing. It is nice to be able to kick back with a hank of cord and see what you can create. The sky is the limit when it comes to paracord and people are constantly trying to raise the bar. Paracord crafts are always getting more and more complex and evolved. While this is interesting and makes for fun challenges, sometimes it can be overwhelming. When you set out to complete something and it has a 20 step process, it can become too daunting to...
  7. Zigzag Knife Grips

    There are many ways to wrap a knife handle to make the grip area more comfortable and easier to grasp. In the past, we have discussed using basic wrap overlay to cover knife handles, which is done by laying a piece of cord against the handle and wrapping rungs of cord over it to fully over that piece of cord and the rest of the handle. Another option that has come up is the cobra stitch (AKA Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) which is done by tying that knot style over the handle until you...
  8. Remember Paracord Colors with a Scrap Ring

    There is a vast array of paracord colors available for purchase. Though there are many available at present, new and more interesting colors are being born every day. Some of these colors are rather exotic and unique while many even come in color combinations or camouflage patterns. With the plethora of paracord to choose from sometimes having only slight color variations, it can be hard to tell them apart. This is especially the case when looking at colors on a computer screen as slight...
  9. Gardening with Paracord

    Rumor has it that spring is right around the corner. This may be true, but around here we have yet to really see the signs. With freezing temperatures present most nights, the thought of spring is still but a daydream. Hopefully soon we will snap out of that daydream and spring will have sprung, and with it, our gardens. If you are not an avid gardener, it is something you should consider. There is a huge difference between a vegetable grown in your backyard than one you can buy in a...
  10. Paracord & Roller Derby

    Roller Derby is a craze that is sweeping (or, more accurately, has swept) the nation. A few friends of mine took up Roller Derby about five years ago when it was just getting started and it has since become all the rage. Although in decades past Roller Derby was quite popular, it has been on vacation for a little while. Now, however, it is back and better than ever. Derby girls need a lot of things to make their competition gear complete and paracord is becoming a large part of the required...
  11. Paracord Bonding

    Paracord, by nature, is meant to be durable and sturdy, which also means it is pretty thick. Because of this, you cannot exactly tie it in a knot when you reach the end of your project and are ready to wrap things up. Attempting to do so would result in a bulky knot that is rather unbecoming, not to mention the knot will likely detract from your streamlined finished product. Loose edges are also prone to fraying. With that in mind, what is the best way to secure the loose ends of your...
  12. Mobile Paracord Handles

    When you have a lot of items to carry, using a bag or other form of luggage is an easy and convenient way to do so. Tossing your stuff into a bag and slinging it over your shoulder will have you on your way in no time. However, not all items we need to carry will fit in bags. This can mean multiple trips to get things moved to where we need them to be and it can mean having to designate much more time to the task. You can avoid this by making a set of removable carrying handles out of...
  13. Industrial Bracelets for the Mechanically Inclined

    There are all sorts of uses for paracord, from creating interesting craft items to making your stuff work for you through the use and addition of paracord. Many things go hand in hand with paracord almost naturally, as if the union was meant to be from the beginning of time. Paracord also looks good and makes for a stylish accessory in addition to being able to assist you in a survival situation. Something else you may find useful is nuts, as in the kind that go with bolts. Nuts are used as...
  14. Ranger Beads

    Ranger Beads are sometimes referred to as Pace Beads or SAS Beads but regardless of the name, the purpose is the same. Whatever you wish to call them, they are used to embrace an ancient technique known as pace counting, or tally stepping as it is sometimes called. These have been used for centuries by militaries, hikers, and mountaineers to judge the distance they have traveled. Legionnaires in the Roman Army used it on the battlefield just as modern elite warriors do. They were also widely...
  15. Stay Visible with a Paracord Safety Vest

    Safety is a concept commonly preached about that we should all make it a point to practice. Even though you might want to disappear in the woods and remain unseen, you need to consider the possibility of something happening to you. If you fall into dense foliage or off the beaten path and are dressed in colors the same as that foliage, you will be hard to spot by potential rescuers. Even hunters who dress in camouflage from head to toe don some bright orange for the purpose of being seen. If...
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