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The Basics of Paracord

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Original source material can be found here with our friends at .  Ask any one who has ever worked with paracord that there is probably no accurate way to measure the exact length of paracord required to make something. That is the reason there will always be tons of paracord scrap. Ask a beginner like me, tons of the cord is wasted because of improper choice of lengths or improper technique used.

Look at the picture below and you will see what I mean. Those small pieces of paracord always got me thinking that there must be something that can be done or made with those. I did a lot of search on the internet and found some great Ideas, I also came up with some original ideas of mine too. In the end, I started to believe that there is no such thing called paracord scrap. Every single piece is useful.

You can’t read about survival lately without reading about paracord and projects using it. So what is the big deal with paracord and 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?


top ten uses of 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.




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.


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

ParacordPlanet 1000′ Spool of Type III 550 Paracord – Black


Royal Blue Parachute Cord 550lb Nylon USA Paracord Spool 1000′



Perma Lok Super Jumbo Lacing Needle For 1/8″, 5/32″ Or 1/4″ Lace


5” Paracord Knife



40 – 5/8″ (Whistle), 5/8″, 1/2″, & 3/8″ Black Side Release Buckles (10 Each) For Paracord Bracelets

Avler™ 1″ (25.4mm) Chrome Steel Bearing Balls for Paracord Monkey Fist Center (Pack of 10)

Cosmos ® 5 Set Silver Color Stainless Steel D Shackle + 4 Holes Adjuster for Survival Bracelets with Cosmos Fastening Strap


Multi-Monkey Fist Pro Plus Paracord Jig with Rotating Head Makes Monkey Fist From 5/8″ – 2 1/4″

Pepperell NOM054449 Parachute Cord Ezzy-Jig Bracelet Maker


Paracord 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Paracord Bracelets and Projects

Parachute Cord Craft: Quick and Simple Instructions for 22 Cool Projects (Design Originals)

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