My Summer Camp Paracord Bracelet

My Summer Camp Paracord Bracelet

We've found so many patterns you can use to make a Paracord Bracelet such as; The Cobra, King Cobra, Sidewinder, Caged Solomon, Herringbone Cobra, Viper, Rattler, Curling Milliped, Mamba, Fishtail, Solomon Lark's Head, Coin Knot , Cat Claw and Boa to name a few.

The Cobra Bracelet pattern is the first pattern I learned. It's not too difficult but you can get the hang of it pretty quick. In fact, my mom brought a bunch of Paracord to my 3rd year of Girls Camp and we got to teach all the girls at camp how to make the Cobra Bracelet. Most of us used the 550 paracord. We even had the option of weaving in a bead or charm to make it more "girl" for those who thought it was too simple. Some of the girls already knew of it as the "Survival Bracelet", so we taught why it could be used for survival in some situations.

Things you can use your Paracord Bracelet for, you would have to unwind your bracelet but at least it came in handy when you needed it. For example, you could use it to: tie up gear, make a shelter, start a fire, make a splint for a broken limb, string a strand between two trees for a clothes line, hang food in a tree, or use as a tourniquet. The 7-strand inner core can be removed and used for fishing line, sutures, stitching fabric, snares or tripwires.

Paracord is durable and each size of Paracord has a certain weight it can hold. From the thinnest Paracord to thickest in size you have Nano: .75mm that can hold 36lbs, Micro: 1.18mm can hold 80-90, Type 1: can hold 95 lbs, 275: 2.38mm can hold 275lbs, 325: 3mm can hold 325lbs, 425: 3mm can hold 425lbs, 550: can hold 550lbs, 650: 5mm can hold 300lbs, 750: 4.75mm can hold 750lbs and last but not least Battle-Cord: 5.6mm can hold 2,650lbs. These are break or tensile strengths. The working load is about 10 to 15% of the break strength.
There are so many ways you can use a Paracord bracelet. Click this link on how to make a paracord bracelet.

Note. Paracord is not a life line.

Para Cord

Para Cord

Para Cord is the mis spelled word paracord. Paracord is the shortened word for parachute cord.
You hear people talk about paracord, parachute cord, mil spec cord and 550 cord (there are more names than that). The first timer into paracord might not realize they're mostly talking about the same thing.
How would someone know how to spell paracord in a search for the first time? Is it para cord, para-cord or paracord? In a search for para cord the correct spelling comes up quickly. However, para cord spelled wrong is so often searched advertisers use it as a key search term. Within the first few lines or listings of a google search for para cord that name will quickly give way to paracord and parachute cord. It further gives way to just paracord because that is the popular name today.
Another popular name for parachute cord is 550 cord. Parachute cord has a 550 pound break strength. The name 550 Cord comes from the strength of the cord and paracord was the easier version to say. These two names became the most popular nick names for parachute cord.
Parachute cord is exactly what it sounds like. It was the suspension lines for parachutes during World War II. The military contracts its manufacture to very tight specifications. That's why it's also called mil spec cord or mil spec paracord. It is still used for parachute suspension lines but it also became the everyday use cord in the military. After World War II paracord was found in military surplus stores. Everybody liked it. Manufactures started making a very similar version called type III commercial cord with the same strength, very similar characteristics, and lots of colors and patterns.
Paracord is one of the most popular cords or ropes on the market today. It is extremely popular in the USA and is making a strong showing in foreign markets as well. It is used for all kinds of daily tasks from repairing or securing something to arts and crafts.

Breakaway Clasps For Paracord

Some buckles are very strong. A few years ago my son snagged his hydration pack while jumping out of a ski lift chair. The pack used a buckle that held his weight. He jumped when the chair was near the bottom and, as the lift kept going, he was carried into the air, hanging from a nylon strap and plastic buckle.

Is it good or bad to have a buckle that strong? If the buckle had popped early on, he wouldn't have needed to be rescued. Had it popped after he was pulled into the air, he would have had a nasty fall.

I suppose the answer varies from project to project. If you are weaving a collar for a big dog, you want a strong buckle that will hold against the dog's strength.

Sometimes you want something strong enough to hold during "normal" conditions, but that will pop if you put much force or weight against it. Breakaway clasps and buckles are ideal in those situations.

Paracord Galaxy is located in the desert Southwest and many people here enjoy canyoneering. We often use paracord straps and weaves to secure gear. If you are rappelling down a cliff, you sometimes need to reach behind your back, grab a tool and pull it free. You want to know the gear will be there and you want it to pop free with one jerk from one hand.

We sell all kinds of buckles and connectors, suitable for almost any kind of application:

Introducing Parapocalypse - The Ultimate Survival Paracord

Parapocalypse paracord is paracord on steroids. It has all that is good about regular 550 paracord plus additonal strands that give it extra capacities:

  • One extra strand is a fishing line
  • One is Kevlar (Aramid) - heat and fire resistant to 900 degrees F
  • One is ultra-strong DYNA X
  • One strand of waxed jute, to make fires

Together, with the regular 7 nylon strands and the polyester sheath, Parapocalypse has a breaking strength of 650 lbs - 100 lbs better than regular 550 paracord.

What can you do with it? Well, if you wear it as a bracelet or belt, you will always have emergency gear that could save your life, or the lives of friends or loved ones. Here are ideas.

  • The fishing line strand could help provide an emergency meal.
  • The heat resistant Kevlar (Aramid) strand could hang a pot over a fire, tie up a loose muffler or be used as a friction saw.
  • The DYNA X strand is great for animal snares, dental floss, sutures and for uses that require high strength and low stretch.
  • Jute is easy to ignite and excellent tinder to start files.

That is in addition to the normal uses for paracord, which include tourniquets, backpack repairs, securing loads, and making all kinds of harnesses, leashes, hammocks and other gear.

Here are specs for the new Parapocalypse cord.

Diameter - 5/32" (4mm)
Tensile Strength - 625 lb. (283 kg)
Weight (oz/100ft) - 8oz (227g)
2 Ply cabled 7-Strand Nylon Paracord Core
Fire Aid Waxed Jute Strand
Ultra Strong Dyna-X Strand
10 LB Monofilament fishing line
Kevlar (Aramid) Nano Strand. 110 Lb Tensile Strength and heat resistant to 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
Outer Sheath - 32 Strand Woven Polyester
Color will not run or bleed
UV, Rot, Mold and Mildew Resistant
Not a Life Line
Made in the USA

Parapocalypse paracord is manufactured by Atwood Industries

Accessories For Paracord Projects

One of the fun things about a paracord addiction is the large number of incredibly diverse things you can make from it. Members of our paracord community make everything from friendship bracelets to horse halters to hammocks. I know a nice lady who makes whips from paracord.

As paracord has matured, a large number of accessory products have come onto the market, and we carry all of the best. Here are just a few examples of accessory products handy for various paracord projects.

And of course, buckles, skulls, beads and charms in all shapes and sizes.

The list could go on and on. We have something for everyone.

Paracord Projects - Tutorials

Over the past few months we have developed excellent tutorials for various paracord projects. We have paracord bracelet instructions for many popular patterns - includling many printable paracord bracelet instructions pdfs.

We've also been making video tutorials for our paracord projects.

Below are some of our recent videos


550 Cord (Parachute Cord) Used For Emergency Boat Trailer Repair

I keep 550 cord (paracord) in my emergency gear bag and it came in handy the other day, when I launched my bass boat and then discovered one of my trailer's bunk boards had lost a screw and slid out of place.

The bunk boards hold the boat so it doesn't sit directly on the metal trailer frame. While the weight of the boat was on the board it stayed in alignment. But when the weight was removed, the board floated up a little and slide off to the side.

My boat was launched but my trailer was disabled. There was no way I could load the boat back onto the trailer with the bunk board in that condition – floating and moving freely. I did not have a replacement screw, and I wasn't sure a new screw would hold in the old wood, even if I had one.

What to do? If you are me you go fishing and worry about the trailer later. No use wasting prime fishing time when the boat is already in the water. And the fishing was good – I enjoyed the outing.

When I returned to the marina, as the light of day faded, I docked the boat and turned my attention to the trailer. A hole in the trailer frame normally accommodates a screw, which normally twists into the wood of the bunk board and holds it tightly in place. When the screw became loose it allowed movement and gouged the wood, as the trailer bounced during transit. That ate wood from the bunk board, enlarging the hole until there was no resistance and the screw fell out. Even if I had a replacement screw, it would not have been able to bit and hold in the key spot on the bunk board.

It was easy to use 550 cord to make a temporary repair. I just threaded cord through the hole on the trailer frame, lashed it around the bunk board a few times, then pushed it back through the hole and tied it snugly.

That held the bunk board tightly in perfect position, allowing me to load the boat and drive home. No crisis and little inconvenience, allowing me to get home and make a permanent repair at my convenience.

550 cord is made from nylon and it is tough. It resists damage from abrasion, won't rot or shrink when wet and won't deteriorate in sunlight. It is perfect for many emergency saves.

It sure saved me that day. It would have been tragic to drive all of the way to the lake, push the boat into the water and then not be able to fish because of a trailer problem.

– Dave Webb