Paracord 101


You can't read about survival lately without reading about paracord and projects using it.

So what is the big deal with paracord?

What exactly is it?

What makes it different than regular nylon rope?

Why does everyone want this cordage as a part of their survival gear?

To answer these questions and more, we we need to start with the basics:

Survival Quick Tip: What is Paracord?

The History Of Paracord

The term paracord comes from the cord used on the soldiers parachutes in WWII. The term 550 simply means that it has a breaking strength of 550 pounds, giving it the name of 550 paracord, or 550 cord. When soldiers landed in the battle fields, they would cut the cord off their parachutes and pack it up for later use. This particular cord would come in handy for the soldiers during battle. Whether it was used to strap gear to humvees, build shelters, or sewing string, the cord could be used in endless ways.  Learn more about the history of 550 cord here.
Free Paracord Bracelet - FireKable by Survival Life

So why should you keep it on you at all times?

Think about this: How do you think it would feel to realize that you are out in the wilderness and forgot all of the tools you need for setting up your tent? What if you are mountain climbing or hiking and an emergency happens that requires that you need several feet of rope?

That's why this tool is so crucial for any outdoor activity. A very popular way of keeping paracord around is with a paracord bracelet. Check out more reason's to wear one here.
 Click here for cool DIY survival projects using paracord.

Ready to make some of these cool projects?

You'll need some supplies first.

Here are our top picks for supplies:

1000′  550 7 Strand Spool Paracord
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Perma Lok Super Jumbo Lacing Needle For 1/8″, 5/32″ Or 1/4″ Laceir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001QJREO4
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40 – 5/8″ (Whistle), 5/8″, 1/2″, & 3/8″ Black Side Release Buckles (10 Each) For Paracord Braceletsir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00B5YNZACir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00B5YNZAC
Avler™ 1″ (25.4mm) Chrome Steel Bearing Balls for Paracord Monkey Fist Center (Pack of 10)ir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00CAGAWD2
ir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00CAGAWD2Cosmos ® 5 Set Silver Color Stainless Steel D Shackle + 4 Holes Adjuster for Survival Bracelets with Cosmos Fastening Strapir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B008KYFP0S
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Multi-Monkey Fist Pro Plus Paracord Jig with Rotating Head Makes Monkey Fist From 5/8″ – 2 1/4″ir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00CEZ8QD2
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Paracord 101: A Beginner's Guide to Paracord Bracelets and Projectsir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1479369969ir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1479369969
Parachute Cord Craft: Quick and Simple Instructions for 22 Cool Projects (Design Originals)ir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1574213717ir?t=absolright 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1574213717

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 10, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

11 Responses to :
Paracord 101

  1. de Lombaerde says:

    Your website is very interesting.
    Regarding paracord, some bracelets need a long time to unfold. I think quick unfolding is important.
    Best regards
    Yves de Lombaerde

    1. Stefen Swanner says:

      –“some bracelets need a long time to unfold. I think quick unfolding is important.”–
      I agree with you. That’s why i made a full size belt out of my cord. I has at least 100ft of paracord in it and can easily be unwound by pulling just one string, which right now is tapered back to stop any unwanted pulling. The bracelets only give you between 10-15ft depending on wrist size. The belts are usually 10x that amount and can be dismantled in under a minute.

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