Friday, September 28, 2012

Paracord Bracelet - SOOO many functions!!!

Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope. It was first used by parachuters during WWII which shows you how strong it is. Once the paratroopers were on the ground, they found all kinds of uses for it such as shelter construction, attaching equipment to harnesses, securing camoflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth. When threaded with beads, paracord was used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The core (commonly referred to as "the guts") can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance sewing thread to repair gear, or to be used as fishing line in a survival  situation. The cord can also be used as a boot lace. It was even used by astronauts during the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope!

Due to its nylon construction, the cord is very pliable making it ideal to make bracelets such as the one above which I made this morning. There are a lot of designs out there but this is the quick release version which can be put together in under five minutes and taken apart for use in under ten seconds. The bracelet creates an easy way to keep this handy cord with you at all times since you never know when you'll need it. This bracelet is made up of ten feet of cord and fits nicely around my wrist. Thats a lot of cord in one little package!

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