Paracord, or suspension line as it is know to parachute riggers, is wonderful stuff and is the dutct-tape of cordage. By that I mean that the uses for either are limited only by one’s imagination and the laws of physics, and in some cases possibly not even that.
I won’t even attempt to top Thomas Xavier’s treatise on the subject at his blog More Than Just Surviving. He was not boasting when he titled his piece “The Complete Guide to Paracord“, it really is the most thorough introduction to the subject I have found.
Instead, I am going to review an accessory I recently purchased off of Amazon for a whopping $11 investment. I had been needing to replace my current survival bracelet as it was beginning to become a bit frayed and ragged. The set of paracord needles from Jig Pro Shop arrived last week and I used them today when weaving a new bracelet. They are every bit as useful as I imagined them to be.
The needles have a hollow, threaded butt section that screws onto melted/fused paracord ends. While they didn’t really add anything to the actual knotting/weaving of the “Cobra Knot”, where they excelled was in the threading of the leftover ends back under the knots.
I have made many paracord items in the past including keychains, bracelets, and even a fishing lanyard containing more than 50 feet of cord and holding my essential accoutrements when I am going minimalist in my fishing (as opposed to a heavy vest or sling-pack). In feeding the ends back under the knots, I have always used a “latch-hook” which was only capable of pulling the ends under one or two knots at a time. Not so bad for a 10″ bracelet, but it was maddening and a tremendous time-suck when I did the lanyard.
The needles were a godsend. I was able to complete the bracelet in less than a quarter of the time today. Only on the final couple of knots did I need to remove the needles and “finger-feed” the ends However, the needles still proved useful at prying/lifting the knot to make the task easier.
I know this post is a bit of a tangent, but it seems that a lot of us share at least a casual interest in survival, prepping, and other related topics. I figured that no one would particularly mind our dabbling. If you want to dive deeper into said subjects, More Than Just Surviving is one of the best places to start.