Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!

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Re: Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!

Post by ninja-elbow » Fri May 29, 2009 5:08 pm

Slightly off topic - but "a misadventure in paracord" nonetheless:

A piece of paracord walks into a bar and bellies up. "Bartender" he says politely, "I'll have a shot of well wiskey with a beer back please sir."

The bartender, with his slicked back dark hair and shirt sleeves rolled up looks over at the paracord from wiping down a highball glass and says, "Sorry, we don't serve your kind here."

Dejected, the Paracord leaves the bar. He then steps around the corner into an alley, ties himself into an overhand knot and frays the end near his head. He then walks back into the bar and sits down and says, "Bartender, shot of wiskey with a beer back please!"

The Bartender looks up from wiping down the bar and says, "Hey, aren't you the piece of paracord that was just in here?"

The Paracord looks up and answers, "No sir, I'm afraid not."
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Post by Spyder_0341 » Fri May 29, 2009 9:47 pm

ninja-elbow wrote:The Paracord looks up and answers, "No sir, I'm a frayed knot."
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Post by Dronac » Sun May 31, 2009 3:23 pm

Where can I find the buckles for the paracord bracelets? I tried wal-mart but with no luck. I would like to find one that is curved. Also, what size is usually used?

Im stuck in a hotel by myself for 70 days this summer (LONG trip for work) so I figure Ill see what I can make with some paracord.

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Post by Stormdrane » Sun May 31, 2009 3:44 pm

Dronac wrote:Where can I find the buckles for the paracord bracelets? I tried wal-mart but with no luck. I would like to find one that is curved. Also, what size is usually used?

Im stuck in a hotel by myself for 70 days this summer (LONG trip for work) so I figure Ill see what I can make with some paracord.
A good online source for side release buckles is Creative Designworks. I've used the 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8" curved buckles. Size is up to you, but if you want to double up around the buckle ends or run the cord back and forth between the ends to add more cord to a bracelet, use the 5/8" ones. You can find the ITW Nexus brand 5/8" curved/contoured ones in smaller lots on ebay.

Alternatively, you can scavenge buckles off old bags/packs/luggage or purchase inexpensive dog/cat collars at walmart, big lots, etc... for buckles to use.

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Re: Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!

Post by ninja-elbow » Sun May 31, 2009 3:58 pm

I get mine from ITWNexus and old bags in dumpster skips. I used to buy mine from the friendly local surplus and adventure store but thier's were of a lower quality and style that I did not like. I tend to use 5/8" curved for my bracelets.
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Post by roOism » Sun May 31, 2009 9:57 pm

Dronac wrote:Where can I find the buckles for the paracord bracelets? I tried wal-mart but with no luck. I would like to find one that is curved. Also, what size is usually used?

Im stuck in a hotel by myself for 70 days this summer (LONG trip for work) so I figure Ill see what I can make with some paracord.
http://www.itwnexus.com/ will ship you a free sample (five buckles IIRC), and they have all sorts of different to choose from. I used their 5/8" curved buckle for my watch, worked great.
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Post by Squirrley » Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:58 pm

I just go to the hardware store.
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Post by Stormdrane » Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:53 am

A paracord sheath...

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Sewing in some nylon webbing or elastic would probably be better for the sides, and maybe velcro or a button to secure the flap, and I'm not sure on a belt clip or belt loops yet... but I don't think it looks too bad...

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Post by ninja-elbow » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:43 am

No, that's pretty awesome. Still working out the kinks? I think some shock cord or elastic on the sides is a great idea and would probably work. Maybe something for a MALICE clip on the back?? Meh, too much maybe? I'd have to try one myslef and see what it needs or how it works for me.
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Post by cygor98 » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:43 pm

Stormdrane wrote:A paracord sheath...

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Sewing in some nylon webbing or elastic would probably be better for the sides, and maybe velcro or a button to secure the flap, and I'm not sure on a belt clip or belt loops yet... but I don't think it looks too bad...
that is freaking awesome!!

instructions? :lol:

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Post by M1aMatt » Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:10 pm

No shit, I have three items that I can think of off the top of my head that need that style of holster.

Instructions por favor! That thing is bad ass!
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Post by ninja-elbow » Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:34 pm

Just by looking at it I'm guessing a 8 strand sennit plaited to length to do the front/back/closure flap and some stiching/weaving on the sides to hold it all together? Not being much of a help here, just being a nerd.

I can't seem to find any links and only have instructions in one of my books.
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Post by Stormdrane » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:08 pm

Actually it's mostly just simple weaving(older than dirt type stuff) with four paracord strands(inner strands intact) centered to weave around the 8 ends with one gutted strand(keeping it from being too thick/bulky).

Sample photo is with just a short woven length shown as I was checking feet/inch of weave and it was the usual 1ft cord/1in braid/weave:


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When I had it about a foot long, I just worked the 8 end strands back into the weave, then trim/melted the ends. Sewing would probably be a bit neater, but since it's hidden inside, I didn't bother with being too neat.

And both sides of woven sections before folding to shape for body/flap:

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I've only done the one so far, so I need to get a few more under my belt(pun intended) before I'd have it down to do a decent how to/tutorial. But I think it's enough for some folks to jump on and play around with the possibilities... :D

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Post by ninja-elbow » Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:23 pm

Holy crap, I'm doing this. Thanks.
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Post by hague720 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:32 am

Righteous flat cord design !! - nice one !!

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Post by Stormdrane » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:06 pm

For a belt loop, I tried integrating a simple cobra stitch/Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet, with a gutted strand of paracord.

Two shorter versions could be done parallel on the sheath for it to be worn horizontally instead...

I think I'd still like the option of adding a metal belt clip probably attached with a couple of short Chicago screws.

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Post by Stormdrane » Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:36 am

Two toned noose(coil) knot lanyard/fob. I just doubled it with two different colors of paracord, trimmed/melted two of the ends, and made a lanyard knot with the other two. Started with 2.5' of each color and just trimmed a few inches of that off when finished. I left the two loops just large enough for my little finger for added retention during use.

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Post by Stormdrane » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:40 am

Two toned woven paracord watchband.

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Post by Stormdrane » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:57 am

I just made and uploaded a video tutorial for a 'Two-Bight Turk's-Head Paracord Lanyard', like this one:

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Post by Keith B » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:08 pm

Wife said she wanted a new leash for the dog, not me.
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Post by Sanders » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:25 pm

sigboy40 wrote:Wife said she wanted a new leash for the dog, not me.
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Three 18ft strands of paracord with the ends braided back into itself.
Hahahah, I need one of those for my dog.

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Post by Rednex » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:38 pm

Stormdrane wrote:Two toned woven paracord watchband.

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Did you have to gut the cord to make this?

My watch band broke , and i tried to make a new one with the para cord, but it was waaaaaay to thick to work.
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