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One of the handiest things you can have in survival / camping / SHTF / who knows what situations is good strong cord. The more you can carry with you the better. Lets see some of the cool ways you guys have thought up to bring a good supply.

Seeing the thread on CampingSurvival.com brought this subject to mind. It's where I got the stuff. I found several patterns online and credit my wife 100% on making my idea's reality. ;D

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Nice! I've been playing around with it for a while. I haven't tried the sling yet but after seeing how nice yours turned out I just might give it a try!
 

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Found pics of this guys stuff on Google. Especially like the ammo holder bracelet! And the clasp he used with an emergency whistle in it is slick. BTW, you can buy all kinds of plastic or metal clasps cheap on Ebay. The plastic ones are AMAZINGLY strong.

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I've used paracord to wrap knife/ammo can handles, as well as gun stocks, and made dog leashes, lanyards, and rifle slings out of the stuff. I got a bunch on sale cheap, and was bored one weekend lol
 

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I've been using paracord to make things for awhile. I've made some dog leashes and collars, and of course bracelets for kids. Even did a belt out of the orange and camo for a friend.
 

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I made a dog leash, just a simple single pass one color knot (I prefer using one line/color, to have the whole uninterrupted length if needed). I used around 80 feet, plus it can be coiled up pretty small. But yes, I see how much people ask for paracord items, makes me feel good that I can make my own!
 

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Knot tying in general is a dying art. Fewer needs and stretch cords have eliminated most functional needs. All that is left is art. The idea of making para cord projects among survivalist is to have cord on an emergency.

How many will know how to use the cord effectively and effectively?

I have tried and have a number of books. Some I pack in car emergency packs. I just do not have the opportunity to master many knots.
 

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Knot tying is definitely an "art". I try to come up with handy ways to carry paracord because in a survival situation, or even if you just get turned around on a hunting trip and end up spending the night in the woods, cord is PRICELESS! You can do anything with it! Use it to tie up your rain parka for shelter, make a hammock, tie up meat away from predators, pull out individual strands and use it for fishing and snares (550 paracord has 7 internal strands), lashing for making a litter, or splint, or shelter, or raft... How long would you like me to go on? :D :D

Cordage is arguably the single most valuable tool you can have if SHTF. If your willing to get a blister or two, fire only requires a couple sticks.

Been putting together an order with my wife, and these are on my list of wants. Knot Playing Cards - Learn to Tie Knots
 

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Has anyone tried making a holster out of paracord? That would make for a very quiet holster and it wouldn't rot like leather will.
 
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A trick I learned is that you can wash paracord in HOT water and it'll shrink. So if you make a bracelet or anything and it's to big, just soak it in hot water a little while and let it dry. When it shrinks it also stiffens up, and anything you've "weaved" obviously becomes tighter.

Tested this with a couple brands of 550. Seems pretty consistent.
 
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