About six months ago, I was looking for a good EDC (Every Day Carry) pocket knife. Every gentleman should have a pocket knife for those random times when something suddenly needs to be cut. For example, a thread from a piece of clothing. Eventually I settled on a Spyderco Spin Etched stainless steel plain edge knife. The knife alone looked a little naked, so I found a web site that offered paracord fobs for pocket knives. I purchased one, which complemented the knife very well. I forgot where I purchased it from, but it was only seven dollars. For those confused as to what paracord is, it is essentially 4-5 mm parachute cord, containing seven individual strands of rope inside a sheath. A hundred feet of paracord costs about seven dollars.
Fast forward six months, and I suddenly had the urge to make my own paracord items. The internet is littered with do-it-yourself instructions and videos on how to make a survival bracelet, belt, dog collar, you name it. First, I picked up some fake paracord from REI. After messing around with that for a week, I finally purchased some real paracord from Supply Captain. I started with HobbitAssasin08’s video on how to create a bracelet with a cobra knot. He did a good job, and my first paracord item turned out nicely.
I then went on to try a few other paracord items, such as zipper pulls, key chains, a camera strap/lanyard, and even a few cool knots (for the fun of it).
The camera case fob below was made with the (fake) REI paracord.
The key chain below was made using a cobra stitch with a twist. The twist is just making the cobra stitch on the same side each time, which naturally causes the key chain to twist one direction.
Finally, I had purchased a plastic buckle at REI when I first purchased my fake paracord. The buckle cost seventy-five cents, and was in the section with the backpacks and straps. I used this to make a bracelet. I tried something different by using a double tatted chain or seesaw knot. It may also be called a zigzag knot, which is a simple pattern of half hitches on each side.
First ProjectFinally, for anyone looking to create something from paracord, I strongly recommend checking out Stormdrane’s blog. He’s certainly got some experience under his (paracord) belt!