As times get harder, people across the country have begun to do what they can to lead a simpler and more efficient life, while in the survival community we nod vigorously in agreement. If there is a universal idea, both the survivors and the materialists can unite, it is the desire to be more frugal and to stretch our dollar more.
However, as the survival movement grows, more and more manufacturers are joining the trend and doing everything possible to benefit the masses. One of these particular fashion items that has been launched from all corners of the market is the paracord bracelet.
Originally sold as a survival addition for around $ 5 or $ 10, they have now become a sensational additive of style, with some “designer” brands selling for several hundred dollars (no, I’m not kidding). The result is that many people outside the niche of survival have been wearing them all over the world, without completely understanding, in many cases, the theft of roads that have just been committed.
The truth is that these things simply do not cost much, and with a little time and practice, not only can a paracord bracelet be made (for you no less), but everything from straps to rifle belts, no less. So before you start buying another one (because you can not have just one), you still have the paracord bracelet. other Color, check some basic guides and see if you have the dexterity and manual patience to create your own paracord creations.
Paracord: The new fiber of life.
First, understand that paracord is not a crazy complex thing to do, or have in your hands. Essentially, all it is is a rope woven of fine nylon strands, as thin as human hair, woven over and over again, and tied in a woven nylon sleeve, creating the rope you’re used to seeing.
This material, once, was originally known as parachute cable, and was used by the United States military for its paratroopers. The material was strong enough to withstand the enormous pressure of an opening parachute, and cheap enough to make it on a large scale in times of war.
Now, the material has gained enormous popularity among civilians for its usefulness and versatility, particularly by us, the survivors. Its strength and accessibility make it perfect for bulk purchases, which many people do not realize it can do. Many sites, and even agricultural supply stores, sell it by reel or by foot, which makes it much cheaper than buying small and individual trinkets.
Paracord comes in a series of thicknesses and strengths, each capable of supporting a different amount of weight. The most common is the 550 paracord, rated to support up to 550 pounds, although there are available thicknesses that can support up to 750 pounds. However, if you do not plan to use it to take an elephant for a walk at some point, 550 should be strong enough for whatever you use it.
Paracord is highly affordable with this strength, with volume prices of around $ 50 per 1000 feet, more than enough for an amateur or a prepper. Search online or call your local farm supply store to see rates in your area. If you buy a large amount, you may see some steep shipments for online purchases, so definitely buy local if you can.
Here are some amazing paracord braiding techniques so you can start making your own survival gear.
How to braid paracord: styles and techniques.
As with any other trade or skill, there are several different ways to braid paracord, and there really does not seem to be any right way to do it. The style you use will depend to a large extent on the amount of time, patience and skill you have, as well as the project for which you will use the braid. Here are just some of the basic braids to start with.
The rocker knot
This is perhaps one of the fastest and easiest types of paracord “braids” you can do, although essentially it is just a series of knots. Personally, I think this looks better with two different colors, since you’ll be knotting two double strands of paracord to make your braid.
Depending on what you will use the braid for, start your project by ensuring that a paracord game ends in some way (usually with a buckle bracelet, you would do this by creating knuckles to execute the feminine end of your buckle). Either way, just make sure you find the center of your two equal paracord lengths or make your slipknot there, so that you have four strands (two of each color) that lie side by side.
Then it’s simple: grab two wires at the same time on one side, wind them around the two wires on the other side to form a basic knot, or a hitch. Then, take the two wires on that side and form a hook around the other side. Continue in this way until you have the length you need.
Once you have finished, again, depending on the project for which you are using it, secure the ends with a couple of knots and cut off the excess. Then, many people take a lighter or combine it with the ends, which melts the nylon to prevent fraying.
The fishtail braid.
This is another pretty basic technique that produces a very nice pattern. In fact, the ladies may be familiar with this, since it is done in a very similar way to the very popular fishtail braid that is being worn these days.
To start this, you basically need three cable stretches, prepared and joined to any project for which you want to use it. The important thing is that two ropes remain immobile, while a longer one is woven between them, so if you are making a bracelet, you can start by first measuring and holding your two still ropes to your buckles, and third longest length of the cable just at the initial end, so you can knit with that.
Once you are ready to start, the technique is simple, just take your long cable, which should be sitting on your other two, and pass it over and under the left cable, then go up through the middle of the two. Then pass it under the cord on the right and back in the middle. Repeat the pattern, weaving the long cord, again, over and under the left cord, and in the middle, and then over and under the right cord.
Continue in this way until you have the desired length. When you have reached the end, take the long and loose cable and secure it by weaving it through the braids, then up through the loop created by the final braid. Pull it tight, then trim the excess and melt the finish.
This is definitely one of the most common and popular paracord braiding techniques out there now. This knot is made with a single long strand of paracord, is pulled in the middle of a buckle loop, and then the loose ends are woven into the loop in the center.
To begin, find the center of your cable and, if you are making a bracelet, pull the ends through one end of your buckle, giving it enough length to work your knots. To make your first knot, take the loose end on the right side, pass it under the loop in the middle, and take the loose end on the left side, and pass it through the loop. Pull your loose ends shown, forming a knot over the loop in the middle.
Now, do the opposite, pass the loose end on the left side under the loop, and the loose end on the right side over it, and make another knot. Continue in this way, making sure to alternate your knots (otherwise, your work will begin to twist).
Trilobite / stair armor
This is an intricate looking fabric, but in reality it is quite simple in practice. It produces a wide and flat band, which makes it very comfortable for bracelets, straps and slings. If you plan to use this pattern for a paracord bracelet, it may be helpful to have a way to secure your buckles, so you can concentrate on keeping your strands in order and at the proper tension for a tight and even braid, instead of having to constantly adjust your work.
Once you’re ready to start, get a long paracord (12 feet if you want to make a bracelet) and start by finding the center. Pull the bent center of the rope through one of its buckles and pull the ends through that loop to form a cow hitch. Pull the ends of the paracord through the other half of your buckle, pulling one end to each side.
Continue pulling the ends back through the other end of the belt buckle, and climb back through your counterpart, keeping one end on each side of your work, until you have six paracord strands that join your buckles
This fabric works with six strands in the middle in groups of two. Begin by taking the loose end to the right, and knit it under the two strands on the right, on the second two and below the two on the left. Then take the loose end of the left and cover it on the two strands on the left, under the two stockings and on the two on the right. Starting to see a pattern here? Pull your taught loose ends and push the fabric up before starting your next series, making sure to alternate your upper and lower pattern as you go.
To finish the fabric, after its last series of knots, simply pull the ends through the loop created in the center of the pattern (you may have to use tweezers or hemostats to get the ends) and pull the work very tight. Then trim your excess and melt the ends, and voila!
There are a lot of different paracord braids out there, and honestly, sometimes it’s much easier to learn by watching than reading, so if all this seems daunting and complicated, try watching one of the many YouTube videos. Many creative and talented people have created some really cool video tutorials for your visual learners, and once you see these paracord braids in action, you will realize how simple they are.
Put the paracord braid to good use.
With the basic braids mentioned above, your imagination is the limit of what you can do. However, since it is a survival website, of course, I must inform you about all the incredible useful things you can do with all those braids and tissues. Here are some simple and fun projects to start.
This is a very easy project to start, and it can save you a lot of money (have you ever viewed The price of a sling rifle? Oh!). First, you want to decide what type of paracord braid you want to use. Since the weapons are heavy, you will want to consider how comfortable the braid will be over your shoulder carrying some weight. I would recommend trilobite weaving because it has a nice flat shape and can hold a ton Of paracord, only by its design. However, with that in mind, you’ll want to have at least 75 feet of cable on hand to do this project.
Start by pulling the hardware out of the sling of your weapon. If you plan to use the trilobite fabric, it will be very useful to mount the hardware on a piece of wood while you work. Keep in mind that this sling will not be adjustable, therefore, measure how long you want it to be, then mount your hardware at a distance that separates. Apart from that, it’s as simple as working your paracord through hardware!
There is nothing more frustrating than breaking a dog collar in the middle of a walk. However, Paracord is one of the most difficult things, so as long as your knots are tight, it will not break under the pressure of an excitable Fido.
Making a necklace is almost exactly like making a bracelet, except that as with the rifle harness, you should design it thinking of comfort. If your dog is pulled against it, you should make sure that the band is wide enough to distribute the weight evenly, so your best option is a cobra or trilobite fabric.
Just get some sturdy buckles (this is where it’s worth customizing – get some metal if you can find them!), Measure your dog’s neck (by adding about half an inch for comfort) and start braiding!
Personal defense keychain
This is a really cool idea that incorporates paracord braiding, a steel ball and a fist monkey knot. Attach it to something big and sturdy, like a carabiner, so you can put as much weight as you want on it.
To begin this project, you must first do what is called a monkey fist around a steel ball (or something equally heavy and intimidating, a billiard ball would undoubtedly be a formidable weapon!). Form the monkey’s fist (check out some online tutorials on how to make these large ball-shaped knots) around the ball, securing the ends at the base when you’re done.
After the ball is ready, simply start a braid of your choice, preferably something strong and flexible, such as a fish tail or a rocking plait. Then tie the ends around your carabiner, singe the ends and go! You have an elegant and intimidating self-defense tool!
These are just some of the projects to start, but there are many other things for which you can use your paracord braids. The next time you break a strap in a backpack, or if you run out of a belt, do not run to the store to buy a new one. Order a large paracord reel and do something that will not only last, but also have a dual purpose if you need it.
Braided paracord and preparation.
Paracord has seen its rise in popularity, and with good reason. Not only is it incredibly cheap and strong, but it can also be used for several different projects, even to attract artisans to play with us to the survivors. But this skill is not only a great project for all DIY, but must play a vital role in the repertoire of skills of all.
The ability to mold ropes with anything, let alone paracord, is incredibly useful. Begin by taking these braiding techniques to your colorful paracord hideaway, and then go further and challenge yourself even more. Can you turn flimsy vines into a sturdy rope with a fishtail braid? Can you make a sling to put your food bag with pieces of cloth and a cobra cloth? The ability to create a thick and resistant material from something small and flimsy can be an invaluable resource, especially for survival in nature.
So take all your favorite colors and start braiding. Finally, children can also join in the fun.