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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Paracord Fun Project: D-Day Invasion Spike

    A fun project I took on recently was creating a modified handle to grasp on an interesting knife/dagger I found online. The origin of this knife is debated; some say it is fantasy while others say it is military surplus. Regardless of the truth in the matter, it looks neat, and even more so with the addition of paracord. The knife/dagger in question goes by multiple names. It has been called a D-Day Invasion Spike, a D-Day Landing Knife, and an OSS Dagger. While I cannot tell you exactly...
  4. Grip Your Tools With Paracord

    Many of us find ourselves working with tools on a regular basis. This could be because the nature of our work demands the use of tools or simply because we enjoy tinkering. I personally enjoy working with tools even though it can be shouted from the mountain tops that I am not very good at it. That does not stop me, however, and I tackle new tasks with fervor all the time. Sometimes my tools themselves are the tasks, such as is the case with the hammer and wrench below. Unfortunately for me,...
  5. 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...
  6. Paracord Crampons

    As yet another winter storm is upon us, we are being subjected to more and more ice and snow on the ground that impedes our getting around. If you have never slipped and fell on ice, consider yourself lucky. The same goes for snow-it may look soft and fluffy but looks can be deceiving! Growing up in the Northeast, I have had more than my share of bumps and bruises from falling on ice and snow. Now that I have moved to the South, the inclement weather has decided to follow me here so that...
  7. 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...
  8. Paracord for Walking Sticks

    Paracord is one of those versatile things that has uses most everyone can appreciate. No matter what your walk of life may be, paracord should be walking with you. Even the most basic task can be made better with paracord. Speaking of walking, that is probably one of the hobbies that can benefit the most from paracord. If you are an avid hiker, you know the dangers you may face by going off the beaten path and into the wilderness. Being injured miles from civilization or when you are alone...
  9. 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...
  10. When It Comes to Paracord, Tangle Free Is the Way to Be

    As much as I love paracord and paracord crafts, what I do not like is the mess that can be made when storing it. For years I have used a backpack for paracord storage. This made sense because I used to make and sell a lot of different paracord items, and sometimes I would make things while travelling. It was easy to pick up a backpack, sling it over my shoulder, and go on about my way. What was not so easy was dealing with the paracord inside the bag. When I would acquire a new hank of...
  11. Ten Uses for Paracord Bracelets

    They don\'t just call it a survival bracelet for the heck of it...paracord really does have many practical and potentially life-saving capabilities that can aid you in actual survival. If you don\'t believe it, put one to the test and see for yourself. Paracord has been known to rise to quite a few survival occasions, ten of which are listed below. 1. If your sense of direction is bad and you have sense enough to know this, mark your path with paracord as you hike through unfamiliar...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. The Thin Line Series of Bracelets

    In your travels you may have seen paracord bracelets with a thin line of some sort running down the center. While some of these are for fashion and because people like to mix and match colors, others actually do have meanings. The most prominently displayed line is probably blue set on a black bracelet. This is known as the \"Thin Blue Line\" and represents police officers; it represents the police force as the thin line between civilians and the criminal element. You have probably seen a...
  15. Showing Support with Paracord

    Something that has grown very popular in our society these days is support and awareness ribbons. They come in various types, but one thing that is always the same is the special meaning behind them. Different colors signify different causes and a lot of times purchasing support ribbons gives money to a charity in support of particular cause. Some of the most widely known support ribbons are yellow to support our troops and pink to support breast cancer. There are several other causes...
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