How to Use your Paracord Bracelet in the Winter

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Here’s how to use your paracord bracelet in the winter.  We’ve covered many ways to use your paracord bracelet in other articles on the How to Buy a Paracord Bracelet web site, but the tips we share in this article are strictly for the winter season.

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1. Use paracord as a rope tow for a broken down snowmobile
2. Tie yourself and other hikers together if your trekking up a hill or mountain
3. Replace a broken snow boot lace with the paracord.
4. Snaring snow rabbits
5. Makeshift snow bindings for ski’s
6. Paracord drawstrings to keep snow out of your jacket
7. Makeshift sling for a broken arm
8. Bright color paracord for hiking markers against the snow
9. Makeshift Ice Fishing line from the inner strands of the paracord
10. Repair a dogsled with the cord. (It’s a lot stronger than leather)!

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If you are caught out in the winter months, make sure you have a paracord bracelet or two with you at all times.  Keep these tips on how to use your paracord bracelet in the winter season in mind and you’ll stand a much better chance of survival.

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Five Reasons to Wear a Paracord Bracelet

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Paracord braclets are great for looks as well as survival. You can find a list of thing to do with a paracord bracelet here, but to augment that list, here are the top five reasons to wear a paracord bracelet.

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Valentine's Day Paracord Bracelet

Paracord bracelets are becoming all the rage with many people. If you aren’t familiar with what a paracord or “survival” bracelet is then let me tell you. It is a bracelet made with 550 pound strength of paracord rope that the military uses for a variety of reasons. This bracelet can be used for more than a fashion accessory. If you unravel it you have about 7 feet of rope that you can use in a survival situation.

There are other things that can be made with paracord such as belts, anklets, dog collars, and more. Any of these variations of the bracelet will afford you several feet of survival rope in case you ever need it. From camping adventures a real survival emergency, paracord bracelets could save you in more ways than one.

Take a look at five reasons to wear a paracord bracelet.

1. Memorials. You’ve seen messages on vehicles memorializing loved ones who have passed away. Paracord bracelets are an appropriate and personal way to remember those you love. A dog tag can be added to the bracelet with the name birth and death dates and a special message.

2. Military service/law enforcement/firefighters. Paracord bracelets are huge within these communities. Their multi-functional use is beneficial to these brave men and women who know the importance of being prepared at all times. Paracord bracelets can be customized to match the colors of your particular military/law enforcement/firefighter branch. Supporters of the protective organizations can also wear paracord bracelets with pride.

3. Team spirit. Show your team spirit for your favorite high school or college by wearing your paracord bracelet in the school colors. Add a charm to represent your particular sport or team number and you will be sure to get compliments all the way around. This idea is also a great way to fundraise, selling these bracelets to classmates in support for raising money for your team.

4. Outdoor survival. 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 the paracord bracelet is so crucial for any outdoor adventure.

5. Special causes. Supporting breast cancer and the troops are two compelling examples to represent to the world those causes that you are behind. Wearing paracord bracelets in the colors of your special cause can bring awareness to your cause by others asking you where you got your special bracelet. It’s an open door to talk about what is most important to you.

These are just 5 reasons to wear paracord bracelets but they are by no means inclusive. Paracord has many versatile uses and can mean so much more than a fashion accessory. For more information and photographs on a variety of paracord bracelets, consider the link below.

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35 Ways to Use Paracord

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Here are 35 ways to use paracord. Paracord is one of the most useful things to have around, and there are many different uses for it (kinda like Duct Tape).  These 35 ways to use paracord will get your mind working in overdrive.  It’s always good to have quality paracord around and many people are buying paracord bracelets in order to be able to take it with them wherever they go, so they are always ready for any situation where paracord can be used.

1. Tying knots
2. Building a shelter
3. Crafts
4. Securing a tent
5. Securing a tarp between trees
6. Hanging a tool from your belt
7. Secure an item to the outside of your pack
8. Tourniquet in a first aid situation
9. Secure a splint
10. Emergency belt
11. Emergency shoe laces12. Use the inner core as sewing thread
13. Hang a tool around your neck
14. Hang something from a tree
15. Use to make traps and snares
16. Replacing draw strings in packs and bags
17. Securing a flag
18. Keep rolled up items, like a bed roll, secured
19. Tie a Turk’s head to create a neckerchief slide
20. Tie objects such as poles together for easier transport
21. Braid / twist into a rope
22. Bundle cables or rope together
23. Hang up a clothes line
24. Hang a bear bag from a tree
25. Use the inner strands as dental floss
26. Pet leash
27. Pet collar
28. Build a bow drill
29. Use inner strands as fishing line
30. Adding a loop to a tool
31. Weave into a hammock
32. Tie two cots together to make a couch
33. Secure gear to a vechicle
34. Tying up unruly tent mates
35. Use a handful of cord as toliet paper (Maybe this will go over better then duct tape toilet paper?)

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Paracord is extremely useful in everyday and in emergency situations.  Make sure you have at least one paracord bracelet with you at all times, just in case.  These 25 ways to use paracord will remind you of what you can do with it.

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All About Parachute Cord

Paracord Comercial Type III Coil
Paracord bracelets are primarily made of paracord, believe it or not.  This article from Wikipedia has all the information you’ll ever want to know about paracord.  After reading this article you’ll know more than 99% of the world population knows about paracord.
Paracord bracelets are great to have because they can be used in a variety of ways in emergency and life-threatening stations   You’ll understand why after reading this article.

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Parachute cord (also paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic; depending on the application this can be either an asset or a liability.

While the U.S. military has no overall diameter requirements in its specifications, in the field 550 cord typically measures 532 inches (4 mm) in diameter.

Military usage

Despite the historic association of pararopes with Airborne units and divisions, virtually all US units have access to the cord. It is used in almost any situation where light cordage is needed.

Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items, tying rucksacks to vehicle racks, securing camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth.

When threaded with beads, paracord may be used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The yarns of the core (commonly referred to as “the guts”) can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear, or to be used as fishing line in a survival situation.

The nylon sheath is often used alone, the yarn in the core removed, when a thinner or less elastic cord is needed such as when used as a boot lace. Ends of the cord are almost always melted and crimped to prevent fraying.

A typical 550 Cord bracelet.

In addition to purely utility functions, paracord can be used to fashion knotted or braided bracelets,lanyards, belts, and other decorative items.


US Military issue paracord is specified by MIL-C-5040H in six types: I, IA, II, IIA, III, IV.[2] Types IA and IIA are composed solely of a sheath without a core. Type III, a type commonly found in use, is nominally rated with a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, thus the sobriquet ”550 cord”.

The US military specification for paracord outlines a number of parameters to which the final product must conform. Although it contains specific denier figures for the sheath strands and inner yarns, there are no overall diameter requirements for the cord itself. Below is a table of selected elements from the specification.

Type Minimum strength Minimum elongation Minimum length per pound Core yarns Sheath structure
I 95 lb (43 kg) 30% 950 ft (290 m; max. 1.57 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 16/2
IA 100 lb (45 kg) 30% 1050 ft (320 m; max. 1.42 g/m) <no core> 16/1
II 400 lb (181 kg) 30% 265 ft (81 m; max. 5.62 g/m) 4 to 7 32/1 or 36/1
IIA 225 lb (102 kg) 30% 495 ft (151 m; max. 3.00 g/m) <no core> 32/1 or 36/1
III 550 lb (249 kg) 30% 225 ft (69 m; max. 6.61 g/m) 7 to 9 32/1 or 36/1
IV 750 lb (340 kg) 30% 165 ft (50 m; max. 9.02 g/m) 11 32/1, 36/1, or 44/1

Formula used to calculate Type III Specification:

[weight in ounces] × 14.0625 = [# of feet] …OR… [weight in ounces] = ( [# of feet] ÷ 14.0625 )

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A Paracord Survival Bracelet Can Save Your Life

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A paracord survival bracelet can save your life.  There are literally dozens of uses for the paracord in a paracord survival bracelet and it’s there anytime you need it, waiting to save your life and the live of those with you.

Do you own your own paracord survival bracelet yet?  If you do, you’ll understand this article better.  If you don’t, then see how useful they are below and pick one up to give yourself an advantage.

Here’s how a paracord survival bracelet can save your life.

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Trip Up Your Enemy When Being Pursued

You can use the paracord in your bracelet as a trip line for animals or humans if ever needed.

Make a  Tourniquet

Quickly deploy a paracord survival bracelet to stop blood flow if severely injured and bleeding profusely.

Make a Sling or Splint

You can quickly make a sling to immobilize an injured arm, or use to secure a splint to injured fingers or limbs.

There’s dozens of other things you can use your paracord survival bracelet for, and I’ve shared a few not always thought about.  If you have a paracord bracelet, wear it proudly knowing it’s as functional is it is cool.  If you don’t then you better get one; they are great survival tools.

What are some of the uses you can think of for a paracord survival bracelet?

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Paracord Bracelet Buckles

Whistle Paracord Bracelet Buckle

Paracord bracelet buckles come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Many are made of plastic, others of various types of metal, and some such as the whistle buckle have a useful function of their own.  This article is about the most commonly used types of paracord bracelet buckles so that you can choose your favorites when you buy a paracord bracelet.

The most popular sizes of paracord bracelet buckes are 3/8″ and 5/8″, to match the size of the paracord bracelet.  Other sizes can be used to fit the different types of paracord bracelet weave patterns.

If you have a fire starter paracord bracelet, a fishing bracelet or a standard cobra weave bracelet, there are buckles to fit every style of paracord bracelet that you can find.  

Here are a few images of paracord bracelet buckes that will help you identify the most common types.

Plastic paracord bracelet buckle

Plastic Buckle

Side Release Black Paracord Buckle

Side Release Buckle

Side Release Plastic Buckles

Side Release Plastic Buckles

Cosmos Shackle Buckle

Shackle Buckle Style 1

Cosmos Shackle Buckle 2

Shackle Buckle Style 2

Cosmos Shackle Buckle 3

Shackle Buckle Style 3

Whistle Paracord Bracelet Buckle

Whistle Buckle

A popular approach to buckles is to purchase those that you can put your logo or insignia on.  This appeals to sports fans; I’ve seen the NFL team logos on paracord bracelet buckles.  Other symbols and logos are not hard to find.

There you have it — the most popular paracord bracelet buckles around.  Of course some come without buckles and use a tie-knot type of approach, but I myself prefer buckles.  How about you?

I also prefer a more functional button.  The whistle buckle is a great idea, but one I have yet to see is a small compass or one that opens into a pair of tiny pliers.  Innovator’s alert:  Make more functional paracord bracelet buckles!

Let me know about the types of buckles you have seen.  Which are your favorites and why?


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Top 5 Paracord Bracelet Patterns

The Crown Sinnet Pattern

Here’s the Top 5 most popular paracord bracelet patterns that are available today.  Paracord bracelets have become extremely popular and we searched out the best sellers to see what we could find. These are the 5 patterns that emerged the most.

The Crown Sinnet Pattern

The Crown Sinnet

Crown Sinnet

The Crown Sinnet (Box Knot) Pattern

The Crown Sinnet (or Box Knot) pattern is fun to make and uses four different colors of paracord. I like to use it for decorating things like key chains or for kid’s backpacks because it’s naturally built to dangle off of something (very ornate), and it makes identifying items so much easier. This is a really easy, but complex looking weave.

The Caterpillar Sinnet

Caterpillar Sinnet

The Caterpillar Sinnet

The Caterpillar Sinnet is the original weave used for paracord bracelets and often features a quick-release mechanism.  Other stitches are harder to release and require undoing every stitch; this stitch lets you undo the first stitch and pull the rest apart in an instant.

The Wide Solomon Bar Pattern

Wise Solomon Pattern

The Wise Solomon Pattern

The Wide Solomon Bar Pattern is excellent for larger paracord bracelets and has a class all its own.  You won’t find too many of this style because most paracord bracelet manufactures are chintzy on the paracord they use. You get a LOT of paracord with this bracelet!

The Saw Tooth Pattern

Saw Tooth Pattern

The Saw Tooth Pattern

The Saw Tooth pattern is a nice change of pace weave for those who make a lot of the tried and true Cobra knot bracelets. While it’s not a snug knot like more complex weaves, it does the job well for bracelets and it’s not as common, so your friends may not have one of these.

The Snake Knot

Snake Knot Pattern

The Snake Knot Pattern

The Snake Knot pattern gives a really unique looking, and more rounded paracord design (as opposed to the somewhat flat cobra weave).  This is popular for people who love the standard Cobra weave but want something a bit different than everyone else.

You have a wide variety of patterns and colors to choose from when you want to buy a paracord bracelet.  These five patterns are worth knowing so you can identify what it is you’re after.

Which do you like better?  We didn’t include the Cobra weave because it sets the standard for all paracord bracelet weaves.  We thought we’d show you the other weaves that you are probably not so familiar with.  Let us know which you like the best and why below.

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Cost of Poor Quality

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There is a cost of poor quality.  Yes you may save a few bucks, but in the end it can cost you much, much more than you save.  The cost of poor quality has been studied extensively — so much so in fact that it has its own acronym well known among scholars.  It’s COPQ.  Funny, eh?  This article, from Wikepedia, discusses the cost of poor quality. Don’t victimize yourself by buying cheap only to save a few bucks.  Buy the best and be better served.  You deserve it.

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Cost of poor quality (COPQ) or poor quality costs (PQC), are defined as costs that would disappear if systems, processes, and products were perfect.

COPQ was popularized by IBM quality expert H. James Harrington in his 1987 book Poor Quality Costs.[1] COPQ is a refinement of the concept of quality costs. In the 1960s, IBM undertook an effort to study its own quality costs and tailored the concept for its own use.[2] While Feigenbaum’s term “quality costs” is technically accurate, it’s easy for the uninitiated to jump to the conclusion that better quality products cost more to produce. Harrington adopted the name “poor quality costs” to emphasize the belief that investment in detection and prevention of product failures is more than offset by the savings in reductions in product failures.

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So what does the cost of poor quality have to do with paracord bracelets?

If you want a paracord bracelet that worth the money you pay, don’t be afraid to pay a little more.  A $30 paracord bracelet may seem high-priced to you, but a $6 one will have a third of the paracord or less, will be stiched badly and will come apart easily.  Get the best and it will look much better, will last longer and will be more useful as a survival bracelet.

Where do you draw the line on poor quality items vs. quality items?  Let us know your thoughts.


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Pastel Paracord Bracelets Appeal to Women

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Paracord bracelets come in all shapes and sizes, and have wide appeal among many different types of people.  Men like the rugged look, women like the soft and feminine look — that’s usually the case.

colorful paracord bracelets

These paracord bracelets appeal more to women than to men, but they sure are colorful aren’t they?  The color combinations are well thought through and they look well constructed.  My favorite is the blue, green and while bracelet.  There’s also a touch of pink in it.

As far as the stitch style goes, I prefer the cobra stitch which is more square and distinct.  I also prefer fewer colors as well as different colors.  The lacing pattern of these bracelets is also more feminine with their soft flows and curves.

I also prefer buckles which these paracord bracelets don’t have. Buckles are quick to clasp and quick to release, both of which make the bracelet easier to wear.  Convenience is a very important feature to me, I hate messing around with things more than I have to.  After all, I’m a busy person and I like to use my time wisely. Using a buckle is much better.

I like images in the buckles also. There are many paracord bracelets that are available with sports icons, company logos and personal insignias embedded in their clasps.  These add a degree of class to the bracelet and make them more exciting, in my opinion.

What do you think about these colorful paracord bracelets — do you like them?  Would you buy a paracord bracelet that looks like any of these?  Tell us what you think.  If you aren’t a great fan of these, what styles and colors do you like?

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The Cobra Weave and The Fishtail Weave


The Cobra Weave and the Fishtail weave are used often in quality paracord bracelets. Sometimes people confused the two, but they are very different as you are about to see. The terms “Cobra Weave,” Square Knotted,” “Macrame,” and “Fishtail” are often misused.  This article will help you understand the differences.

First, let’s look at a fishtail weave.

Fishtail Weave

Fishtail Weave

Notice the curves and he intertwining of the loops.  Those smooth, rounded edges are formed by wrapping a longer cord over and between two center core cords. This type of weave resembles elongated transverse scales that are seen on a snake’s underside, or on a fish’s tail, which was the inspiration for its name, “Fishtail weave.”

Looking at the buckle of a paracord bracelet, if you see a loop over a knot, or a button sewn on, it’s probably a fishtail weave.  The majority of Fishtail designs use a button or loop closure or a clip of some sort.

Now have a look at the cobra weave pattern.

Cobra Weave

Cobra Weave

The cobra weave, also called square knots or macrame, to me is much more striking.

The edges of the weave are much more square as are the knots which form its edge.  This bumpy edge is formed by knotting two “outer” cords around the outside of two “inner” cords.  It’s quite different than the fishtail weave.

The closure of a cobra weave paracord bracelet often uses a loop over a knot, though recently many are using clips just like bracelets made with the fishtail weave.

Which is better?

Largely, it’s just a matter of preference. Personally, I prefer the cobra weave because it looks more distinctive and has a class all of its own.  The fishtail to me is rather sloppy and uninteresting.  But to each their own.

Now let me confuse you entirely.  Let’s combine the cobra weave with the fishtail weave — but not in a paracord bracelet — rather in motorcycle exhaust pipes…

Cobra Fishtail Classic

Cobra Fishtail Classic Pipes

Proudly wear your cobra or fishtail paracord bracelet as you ride this magnificent piece of machinery. You can see more of it here: 

Paracord bracelets are functional and beautiful. I prefer the cobra weave, but what do you think? Which do you prefer?

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