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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. Paracording Pots & Pans

    The pesky thing about heat is that, well, it can burn you. No one enjoys being burned, especially when the burns are severe. It also goes without saying that when you get burned in the middle of nowhere on a camping trip, burn care is not going to be the most available thing. Sure, you can take steps to quell the pain and protect the burn, but there are no doctors in the wilds and you will be, in large part, on your own with only the (hopefully stellar) first aid kit you have assembled. One...
  3. 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...
  4. Paracord Your Ride

    While having paracord on your person is important, so is having it in your vehicle. Most of our travels are done by commuting in our cars and trucks, making them an extension of our homes. Those of us with particularly long commutes practically do live out of our vehicles, stocking them with all sorts of survival supplies. I, for instance, always have jumper cables, a hydraulic jack, a case of water, and both thick rope for emergency tows and paracord for most anything else because you...
  5. 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!...
  6. Make Your Stuff Work for You

    There are certain things we should always carry with us throughout our travels. This list of items can be adapted based on what your plans are, but some things should always remain the same, such as paracord. With so many ways to carry paracord, it is still surprising to come across people on trails and hikes who do not have a stitch of it on them. It seems like such a basic thing to bring rope with you on such excursions that it is hard to grasp that anyone would not do so. To that I say,...
  7. Survival Flip Flops

    One of my favorite types of footwear is flip flops. I wear them everywhere, even in places that are really not the most flip flop friendly. They are just so convenient to put on and take off at will that they are irresistible to my feet. My back does not necessarily agree, but that's another story entirely. While most of the country is buried in snow and ice, flip flops are not likely on the brains of many people. Because of that, flip flops are cheap! It is winter and not a lot of folks...
  8. Paracord Towel Chair

    When you are spending time in the wilderness, at some point you are going to want to pull up a chair and have a seat. In the woods, this is not always a readily available option. Sure, there might be fallen logs or tree stumps to sit on, but that is uncomfortable. Plus a creepy crawly thing might climb up your shorts and bite you, which will quickly make you sorry you sat there. What you want is a seat that is safe, clean, and elevated off the ground. One way to make that happen is with some...
  9. Pop Tab Paracord Bracelets

    There are various types of paracord bracelets that can be made. So many, in fact, that it is safe to say that the sky is the limit. Colors, closures, and knot combinations make it so that you can do a lot of projects before ever making the same one twice. Today I would like to introduce a new type of bracelet, one that involves repurposing as well as a new use for your bracelet components. To make what is called a Pop Tab Bracelet, you are going to need around 20 pop tabs depending on the...
  10. Holster That Flashlight, or Make It a Holder!

    Flashlights are essential for survival or when trekking about in darkness. You do not want to fall in an unseen hole or trip over a log you did not know was there. To avoid such obstacles, you need to see them, which is where having a flashlight comes in handy. The bad thing about flashlights, however, is their shape. Being long and round can make them difficult to store. If you put too long of a flashlight in your pocket, it could fall out. Storing your flashlight in your pack can result in...
  11. Fashioning Firearm Grips from Paracord

    When engaging in shooting activities, a major concern amongst shooters is having a comfortable grip affixed to their weapons. Grips are big business; if you take a look online you will see the many shapes and sizes available. Modern-day grips have come a long way in terms of appearance. You can find a grip in just about any style and color to outfit practically any handgun. With all of the grips on the market these days, how do you decide what is best for you? Which grips are functional...
  12. Making a Paracord Fid

    Have you ever done a project with paracord that involved trying to fit a thick piece of paracord through a thin space or into a small hole? To say the least, this can be frustrating. Over the years I have used several techniques to accomplish such feats, including angular burns and using object to push and/or pull the paracord through holes. It always wound up getting messy and I lost a couple of inches of paracord in the process due to mangling it all up. Recently, however, I was introduced...
  13. Paracord Headbands

    If you have long hair then you know how much of an annoyance it can be when it falls in your eyes or sticks to your face on a hot, sweaty day. Both men and women implore various techniques to combat this problem, such as hats and scrunchies, but none of those items have survival capabilities. What does have something to offer from a survival standpoint, however, is the paracord headband. While not as popular as they once were in the 1980\'s, headbands are still around and sold in drugstores...
  14. Making Fishing Lures Out of Paracord

    Part of the fun we have in the wilderness involves fishing. The joy of catching fish and cooking it right there, lakeside, are innumerable. There is simply something good and natural about getting back to basics in such a way. Plus fishing is relaxing and enjoyable. How can you not be content casting your line into a body of water and catching some sun while your line eagerly awaits a meeting with a fish? Fishing has become a complex science with all sorts of lures attract fish and convince...
  15. Paracord Shoe Laces

    One of the many things that can go wrong on a hike is a broken shoelace. Perhaps you\'ve gone trekking through the woods in your trusty hiking boots that have many miles on them and thus much wear and tear on your laces. Over time and terrain, your laces weaken and you might not even have noticed until it is too late and one snaps. Or perhaps you got snagged on something sharp that cut through your laces. Regardless of how it happened, you are going to find yourself in a very unfortunate...
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