What do you use your paracord for?

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by Bali-Flipper32, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Bali-Flipper32


    Dec 15, 2010
    I was wondering about the many uses for paracord and I would like to know what you use yours for.
  2. Prophet118


    Dec 26, 2008
    Wrapping knife handles & multiple purposes around the camp site.
  3. HandofCod


    Feb 27, 2010
    I used to use paracord for tarp lines and such but found it stretches too much and absorbs moisure that cultivates mold.

    Now I keep it in daisy chains for emergencies. I have far too much of the stuff but it's still useful to have around nonetheless.
  4. DoctaD


    Apr 13, 2006
    Here's one use:

  5. HandofCod


    Feb 27, 2010
    ^^Is that a Kershaw Leek with a damascus blade? Sweet!
  6. GhostRing


    Jan 2, 2011
    All kinds of stuff?

    lanyards, wrapping, lashing, bracelets, fobs, decorative knots, etc...

    It would be more fun to see the more unusual uses for paracord. ;)
  7. brets-ftw


    Sep 11, 2010
    entertainment when im bored (if i dont have my bali with me), like i just figured out how to make a 6 and 8 strand lanyard
  8. nutnfancyfan


    Nov 30, 2009
    tying stuff.
  9. Haze240


    Jan 1, 2011
    I put that xxxx on everything.
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  10. ono724


    Jul 17, 2010
    For my parachute, of course :D
  11. paracordist


    Jun 9, 2010
    here are some of my more interesting applications:

    removable handle for alice pack
    combo tactical knife lanyard/retention lanyard (the "PSK" lanyard)
    custom sling for sog fusion hawk
    mini-sling for my fiskars hatchet
    sling for over-shoulder carrying of nalgene or over-the-counter water bottles
    retention belt loop for pocket knife
    enhancing grips on all sorts of things
    adding a loop to tool for hanging on peg board
    add a loop and handle/knob to firesteel/magnesium sticks
    adding combo handle/knob/neck loop to firesteel
    belt sheath for firesteels
    zipper pulls containing firesteels
    zipper pulls containing jute tinder
    all-paracord ranger pacing beads
    side/by side pacing beads
    paracord ranger pacing bead knife lanyards
    dress belt
    paracord knitted beer coaster
    paracord beer cozy
    paracord handcuffs
    paracord kids wrist leash
    paracord eyeglasses strap
    paracord handle to carry more grocery bags at the same time from car to house
    paracord buttons
    paracord locking loop to keep wool blank roll together when not in use, which is removable and usable to fasten around neck as a hoodie
    adjustable belt on one of my cargo pants utilizing monkeyfist and prussik
    removable hanger on back of baby stroller for bags etc.
    all-paracord rock slings
    paracord cross (stormdrane's design)
    paracord rosary beads
    attached baby in car seat to back of a shopping cart handle
  12. Bali-Flipper32


    Dec 15, 2010
    Thanks a lot. This helps me alot.
  13. BeerGuy


    Jan 22, 2011
    I give it to my 10 year old son so he can make bracelets.

  14. texas gun person

    texas gun person

    Jun 9, 2010
    I use it as a handle for my water bottles!

    Take a strange of cord. Place each end on opposite sides of the bottle, and wrap in duct tape.

    You then have a small piece of para-cord. Some tape. And a handle for water bottle that would otherwise not have one.
  15. bada61265


    Oct 16, 2010
    ive used it for lanyards and a bracelet, wrapped a knife handle, used it for attaching a sheath. most useful was using it for replacement shoe laces on my workboots. which after many months show no signs of wearing out. i plan on making more lanyards and such as i get some free time, i made a couple on the bad snow day a couple weeks back. i like the fact that its very resistant to abrasion and is as strong as much larger normal rope or cordage.

    lanyard i did for my Gayle Bradley.

  16. simple6


    Oct 6, 2002
    I bought a bunch, it's not a useful as I thought it would be. But I don't make trinkets or tails on my knives, I leave that stuff to little girls.
  17. paracordist


    Jun 9, 2010
    Paracord not that useful ? Just paracord or cordage in general? I'm curious cuz I've never heard such an opinion
  18. Slidetechnik


    Jul 16, 2009
    I use it to wrap my keychain prybar.
  19. zenheretic


    Oct 29, 2005
    Lamelar body armour.
  20. OwenM


    Oct 26, 2000
    I imagine he means paracord.
    Most people probably use it because it's convenient. I do, anyway.
    Has a lot going for it in that department. Cheap, wide variety of colors, easy to untie, and more comfortable for lanyards worn around the neck than thinner cord. Accessories like cord locks and ends are also cheap, and easy to find, too.
    It's fun to play with, too. Seems you already know that, with all the cool stuff you make with it!

    Some of the downsides are that paracord's also stretchy, absorbant, bulkier than 3mm cord, and weaker than braided cord the same size or larger, so there's lots of things it's not good for, or for which there isn't something a lot better readily available. Commercially available cord can also be questionable when it comes to quality and adherence to specs.
    What kills me is how much I hear people talk about how great it is for things it's absolutely horrible for, and how they make up their own little factoids about it. Paracord fanboys? hahaha, it's a braided nylon jacket with some strings through it. You'd think people could find something else to be emotionally attached to:rolleyes:

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