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  1. Tough Grid Paracord Giveaway!

    Recently the guys over at ToughGrid.com donated some paracord to be given away here on site. Sign up is simple, and the winner is set to receive 2 100ft reals of paracord, enough to get started on any project. As the holiday season approaches don't forget your favorite paracord enthusiast, and be sure to stop by ToughGrid.com to see all they offer! For complete rules of entry please follow this link. [URL]http://www.paracordforum.com/forum/f8/tough-grid-paracord-giveaway-308/[/URL]
  2. Questions about the Monkey Fist

    If you've been involved with paracord for longer than five minutes you have heard of the Monkey Fist. This notorious knot is not to be trifled with, and it takes a keen eye and a steady hand to get just get right. To see how others have done it please follow this link. Many members have found solutions to this difficult knot. [URL]http://www.paracordforum.com/forum/f17/monkey-fist-query-329/[/URL]
  3. The Basics of Purchasing Paracord

    Say you wake up one morning and decided that your life lacks completion. After much contemplation, you conclude that the void in your heart can be filled by one thing and one thing only. With your sights set on fulfillment, you decide to set off in search of paracord, but where to begin? There are many of outlets available for paracord perusal and purchase. The most obvious is your local Army Navy store, which frequently keeps a plentiful stock of an array of colors. Another option is the...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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,...
  7. Handle Wraps For Railroad Spike Knives

    Railroad crossings are a part of life, inconvenient though they may be at times. No one likes having to wait for a slow-moving train to pass, but without train tracks, there would be no railroad spikes! The purpose of a railroad spike is to secure rails and base plates to railroad ties to keep the rail in gauge, but used spikes are highly desirable for re-purposing in the form of knives. If you are properly equipped and wish to make your own railroad spike knife, do note that while it is...
  8. Key Fobs

    Over the years, key chains have taken many forms. From the huge ones that made a statement to the wad of different purposeless yet somehow essential accessories on one overloaded ring to the more subtle less-is-more approach. There is something to be said for less-is-more, and there are two varieties of paracord key fobs that accomplish this. First is the basic fob, which is on the smaller side but still big enough to grasp. It is most easily made in one or two colors. Simply take a length...
  9. Paracord Handcuffs

    Protecting oneself has become a reality in this rapidly evolving, or devolving as the case may be, world in which we live. Regardless of the means you choose to protect yourself, it is important to consider the multitude of ways a situation can do down. If someone is threatening your life, your response might not include opting to go easy on them. On the flipside, if you catch someone in your backyard trying to steal the copper from your air conditioning unit, taking their life or inflicting...
  10. Homemade Bracelet Jig

    As paracord enthusiast you know many of our tools have to be crafted by hand. Scooter recently posted the plans to his bracelet jig, and the results are surprising. Using 3 1x2x24 boards, 14 1 & 3/4 in wood screws, 4 plastic cable straps,1 5/16 x 3 inch carriage boltand more he has managed to craft a professional looking system for under $10. For complete instructions to make your own, please follow this link. [URL]http://www.paracordforum.com/forum/f18/project-homemade-bracelet-jig-347/[/URL]
  11. Selecting Colors for Projects

    When entering into any paracord project, knowing the end result of the color combinations is key to being happy with the final product. Members have submitted many photos of differing color combinations and their end results. If you find yourself stopped before you get started, stop by this thread and take a look at the varying color combinations and the results! [URL]http://www.paracordforum.com/forum/f8/paracord-color-combinations-thread-please-post-colors-used-not-just-pics-199/[/URL]
  12. The Different Tensile Strengths Of Paracord

    Let's face it, paracord is a numbers game. Like other games, be it numbers or otherwise, you have to pay attention if you're going to come out on top. Different tensile strength paracord is becoming more common and some of it looks just like the 550 cord we know and love. So similar are they at times that if you are not paying close attention to the packaging, you might not even notice until you put your faith in something to perform to a certain standard and it lets you down. MIL-C-5040H...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Making A Standard Dog Leash

    First of all, one size does not fit all. When you buy a leash, you are giving up customization. You are being fit into a box of what is typically desired and what typically works best and most often. You are becoming a dog walking statistic. Nobody likes a statistic! There are variables with dogs and their preferred manner of walking just like there are variables with everything else in life. You are not going to take your German Shepherd for a walk in the morning and then turn around and...
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