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Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:54 pm
by elricfate
So yes, as a general rule, I paracord wrap the handles of all knives that will be used in the field, and any other tools (pry bar, shovel, etc).

I've found that my knot skills aren't up to par, but my fiance is pretty dexterous. I had her screw around a little bit tonight and she actually found that she has a natural talent for the cobra stitch. Below are two things she did for me tonight. She fixed up my boonie and made the bracelet from scratch... Thanks, ITW Nexus, for the whistle buckle.

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

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:14 pm
by PaleHorse
If you tighten up that cobra stitch you can get about 20 to 30 feet of paracord on that hat. I made my bracelet with about 13 feet of paracord.

If you king cobra the bracelet you can get about 20+ feet on it too.

Edited for pic (13+feet black and olive reversible bracelet)
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Re: Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:48 am
by elricfate
There is 24 feet of paracord on the hat. There is 14 feet of paracord on the bracelet. :-)

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:59 am
by Brad
elricfate wrote:There is 24 feet of paracord on the hat. There is 14 feet of paracord on the bracelet. :-)
Holy. Cow.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:01 am
by elricfate
Actually, the fiance corrected me. I have fairly thick, manly wrists that measure 9 inches around. So she used 18 feet of paracord on the bracelet.

Admittedly, she said she could have put more knots on the hat and added more paracord... and she might, because she's unhappy with the outcome and keeps talking about taking it apart and reknotting it.

EDIT: Corrected from girlfriend to fiance, lest I suffer her wrath.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:44 am
by PaleHorse
elricfate wrote: EDIT: Corrected from girlfriend to fiance, lest I suffer her wrath.
HA :lol:

Thanks for the hat band idea. I've been looking for other ways to carry paracord besides key fobs, lanyards, and bracelets.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:40 pm
by Tim
looks real good!
she could make some extra scratch doing up stuff like that and selling it to gear heads like us on zs.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:42 pm
by elricfate
PaleHorse wrote:
elricfate wrote: EDIT: Corrected from girlfriend to fiance, lest I suffer her wrath.
HA :lol:

Thanks for the hat band idea. I've been looking for other ways to carry paracord besides key fobs, lanyards, and bracelets.

Yea, that's the second time she's accessorized a hat for me. I have a crushable wool cowboy hat that she made a hatband for when the leather one broke. It's a four wide flat braid, used about 30 feet of paracord to make.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:47 pm
by HHaase
That reminds me, I need to try to get a cheap roll of WD-1A one of these days.

-Hans

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:57 pm
by elricfate
Tim wrote:looks real good!
she could make some extra scratch doing up stuff like that and selling it to gear heads like us on zs.

I mentioned it to her, figure something like $15 for a boonie hat (whole hat with stitching) and $10 or something for each bracelet. But she said she didn't know how big the demand would be. Heh.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:06 pm
by The Highwayman
elricfate wrote:
Tim wrote:looks real good!
she could make some extra scratch doing up stuff like that and selling it to gear heads like us on zs.

I mentioned it to her, figure something like $15 for a boonie hat (whole hat with stitching) and $10 or something for each bracelet. But she said she didn't know how big the demand would be. Heh.

I'm in for a bracelet! 8"-9" sounds about right. If she's up for it, let me know!

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:27 pm
by Lucretius
So.... beautiful... :cry:

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:32 pm
by elricfate
Haha. She said she'd do it for you DTOM.

I'll have her put together a 9" bracelet like mine and I'll PM you when she's done.

If there's more of a demand, I'll pick up other colors of paracord, but for now I have OD and Black. So you can decide whether you want OD over black, or Black over OD.

Price will be $12 shipped, let me know if you're still interested. And if anyone else is interested, I can ask her to put together one for you too.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:38 pm
by The Highwayman
Definately interested! Black over OD would be great! PM me your addy again, as i don't think I still have it, and I'll send the cash tomorrow! Thanks!


ETA: Maybe down the road a bit, if she's the time and interest, I'd love to have a belt made this way as well. See what she thinks, and what you'll want if she's interested, and we'll go from there. Thanks bud! :D

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:34 pm
by elricfate
Done and done.

And she's interested in making a belt to see if she can do it. Hehe. PM sent.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:50 pm
by blazeben
elricfate wrote:Haha. She said she'd do it for you DTOM.

I'll have her put together a 9" bracelet like mine and I'll PM you when she's done.

If there's more of a demand, I'll pick up other colors of paracord, but for now I have OD and Black. So you can decide whether you want OD over black, or Black over OD.

Price will be $12 shipped, let me know if you're still interested. And if anyone else is interested, I can ask her to put together one for you too.
I need to get some extra money now. :twisted:

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:23 pm
by TheLastRifleMan
Wow, that is cool. I have some of those buckles. I need to do something like that with them.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:53 pm
by PaleHorse
http://www.instructables.com/id/Paracor ... se-buckle/

Thats where I learned to make mine.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:16 pm
by elricfate
PaleHorse wrote:http://www.instructables.com/id/Paracor ... se-buckle/

Thats where I learned to make mine.
Yep. Same place I used to show her how to make the Cobra knot effectively.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:50 pm
by blazeben
PaleHorse wrote:http://www.instructables.com/id/Paracor ... se-buckle/

Thats where I learned to make mine.
Well today I was bord so.......
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My first try and came out way to big but at least the cat liked it.
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What do you all think?

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:01 pm
by elricfate
Looks good.

Tighten down that knot a lot more than what you have there. Yes, it might look funny on those whistle buckles, but it's the reason why I had her do the second set of knots over it (King Cobra knot), to make it wider so it doesn't look weird. I think that might also be why yours looks a little rounded. Otherwise, great first start. Better than mine. ;-)

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:09 pm
by Squirrley
How are you finishing that off? Looks like an awful big ugly mess.

I would recommend either just cutting the ends to within 1/4" of the cobra part of the knot, and then melting them into 'stoppers', or leaving them maybe 3/8" or 1/2" long and tying/lashing them to the inner strands of the cobra, right next to the buckle, with some whipping twine or the like.

If you have any whipping twine, thats what I'd do, because you can have 'normal' ends, and all you have to do is cut off the twine with a knife and then you can un-tie the bracelet easy.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:12 pm
by blazeben
elricfate wrote:Looks good.

Tighten down that knot a lot more than what you have there. Yes, it might look funny on those whistle buckles, but it's the reason why I had her do the second set of knots over it (King Cobra knot), to make it wider so it doesn't look weird. I think that might also be why yours looks a little rounded. Otherwise, great first start. Better than mine. ;-)
OK, Thanks. Where do I go to see how to do the King Cobra knot? I need to make sure size thought I was trying for 8" and got about 12" lol. Anyone got a really big arm? lol I'll rip it apart and keep trying so I'll keep posting pictures and learn from the people who know how to do it lol.

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

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:16 pm
by blazeben
Squirrley wrote:How are you finishing that off? Looks like an awful big ugly mess.

I would recommend either just cutting the ends to within 1/4" of the cobra part of the knot, and then melting them into 'stoppers', or leaving them maybe 3/8" or 1/2" long and tying/lashing them to the inner strands of the cobra, right next to the buckle, with some whipping twine or the like.

If you have any whipping twine, thats what I'd do, because you can have 'normal' ends, and all you have to do is cut off the twine with a knife and then you can un-tie the bracelet easy.
I just set it up to be torn down because I knew it was to big so just thought I would show the first try.