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  1. Its A Paracord Christmas

    Deck the halls with boughs of paracord, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our survival apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Okay, so you get the idea. It is that time of year again, time to pick out that perfect gift for the people you love and perhaps even some people you pretend to love (*cough* in-laws *cough*). With mass-produced options aplenty at your local...
  2. Zombie Paracord!

    Do you like zombies? Of course you do! Who doesn't like zombies? Well, unless one is gnawing its way through your skull trying to eat your brain, in which case even the most pro-zombie individual might be a little put off. No one wants to lose their brain to the undead. They sure do have voracious appetites... Zombies are a huge pop culture phenomenon and zombie merchandise has become standard in many venues. There are zombie family stickers for your car, zombie shower curtains for your...
  3. Paracord Grenade

    By now it is no secret that paracord is one of the most important things you can incorporate into your gear. You can wear bracelets, belts, lanyards and such, but what if you are simply not into that sort of thing? There is always the option of a key chain, but key chains are small and might not hold a significant amount of cord...or can they? They typical paracord key chain is probably more for looks than anything, but we are not here to discuss what is typical. What we are here to discuss...
  4. Re-purposing With Paracord

    Re-purposing is all the rage these days and takes on many shapes and forms. Old glass windows are now picture frames. Tires become floral planters. Rusty rakes become wine glass racks. Wooden ladders become towel racks. Tin cans become lanterns. The repurposing movement is all about breathing new life into old things, and the good news is, paracord can help! Suppose you find in your hot little hands a nylon rifle sling with which you are not particularly enamored. You hate to throw it away...
  5. Why Not Try A Paracord Bandolier?

    Paracord is practically synonymous with survival, and survival is made much easier when you have access to food. Food can come from a lot of sources; you can come across it by going to your neighborhood grocer as well as driving through a nearby fast food joint. Or you can get out there and nab your dinner the ol' fashioned way. Carrying a box of ammo into the woods on a hunt is impractical for several reasons. Not only is it heavy and cumbersome, but it also makes noise. The same goes for...
  6. Making A Dog Leash With An Adjustable Wrist Loop

    Yesterday we went over the basics of making a standard dog leash, but there are other, more customizable options out there. One of those options is a leash with an adjustable, or sliding, wrist loop. The advantage of a sliding loop is, well, that it slides. Having an adjustable loop is beneficial in that different people can use the same leash comfortably. An added bonus, for me at least as someone with a large dog that sometimes pulls, is that the sliding loop will cinch down on my wrist...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  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. 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]
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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