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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

Upsides It "looks cool" (to some) Cordage (but arguably useless as you have noted) Downsides Poor grip (compared to leather and manufactured alternatives) More likely to cause blisters Less ...
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Is there a more practical type of cord to carry than "550 paracord"?

Masons Line Paracord's biggest selling point is that it's strong enough to hold your body weight. That's great and all, but honestly, it's very rare to get caught in a situation where you're forced ...
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What are practical uses of paracord survival bracelets?

The whole point of the paracord bracelets is having paracord on your person when you need it. Paracord has many, many applications in survival situations. You can use it like you said as backup boot ...
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Paracord rope strength

You'll need to test to be sure, but it will lose quite a bit of strength. When I sailed, I was taught that you lose as much as 80% strength by tying a knot. So if you have 500 lb paracord, by this ...
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What ropes could I use to suspend a hammock?

The strength is dependent mainly on the angle between the two ropes form, on which the hammock is hung, and the weight you want the hammock to support. For a traditional hammock the angles of the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

I think it can be a matter of personal taste, however: Some people craft their own knifes, and using a paracord wrap as handle is easy to do, and easy to redo. There are some more and some less good ...
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Why do some climbing ropes have smaller load bearing than some paracords?

Climbing ropes are meant to hold falls, and to absorb the shock of the fall itself through stretching (they can stretch up to 30% of their length during a severe fall so to reduce the impact force on ...
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Is there a more practical type of cord to carry than "550 paracord"?

Nylon is great for climbing ropes, but it's sub-optimal for lashing and repair since it stretches so much under load. If you are going to carry string, carry polyester braided cord. It's just as ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

As a knife maker I'm not overly fond of paracord wrapped handles. That said I've done a few and they have there place. I do impregnate the wrap with epoxy, both for durability and for moister ...
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Is "survival" paracord with fire starter strand dangerous

TL;DR: Death trap? No. Should you be cautious? At least as cautious as you would be with normal tinder. Think of it this way: Pile of loose jute twine, seem dangerous? No. People who use it for arts ...
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Is "survival" paracord with fire starter strand dangerous

Even the “regular” paracord would be set ablaze if you put it close to a fire / heat source :) It’s a nylon / polyester after all… In my opinion, such gimmick paracords are not more dangerous than a ...
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How strong are the individual internal strands in 550 parachute cord?

It looks like for mil spec (military specification) 550 parachute cord, The paracord sheath is rated at about 300-pounds 14 inner strings, each of which has a rating of about 17.5 pounds 7 ...
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Paracord rope strength

A single strand of 550 paracord will hold body weight, so when you say, "load bearing" are you implying more than body weight? If not, then I think it's a non-issue, especially if you're weaving or ...
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Knot to attach gear to a beam

I come form a coal mining town, in the mines they call the change rooms the 'dry', because mines can be very wet places and the 'dry' is where you'd dry out your clothes. Before they started putting ...
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Knot to attach gear to a beam

I can think of multiple options for solving this problem. Tensionless Hitch i.e. wrap the rope around the beam enough times that it doesn't slip and unwrap to lower. Loop a sling over the beam, ...
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What ropes could I use to suspend a hammock?

I've recently got into hammock camping and roping it to a tree is a bit more complicated than it first sounds so please bear with me You need something to wrap around the tree to protect it from ...
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Help troubleshooting bowline knots

Here are four variations on the bowline, in words and graphics. Note that all four of them are here left not fully dressed (not tightened). In each case, the standing part should be pulled, or at ...
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Help troubleshooting bowline knots

The bowline is an interesting example of a knot which fails if dressed wrongly - even if it has been tied correctly. If you tighten a bowline by pulling on the working end, or by pulling the loop ...
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What are practical uses of paracord survival bracelets?

Beyond the obvious "having cordage with you at all times" I have found they are good conversation starters. I see somebody wearing one, I can make some assumptions about their interests.
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Paracord rope strength

If I slice across your knit rope, in a flat cut, how many strands would I cut. Looks like 8. Now use the best lies you can find about the strength reduction in a bend in kernmantle rope. My ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a paracord knife handle?

As Russell Steen said, you might like the looks. But that aside, I see them as throwing knives that have a somewhat comfortable handle. If you try throwing knives with plastic handles, the handle ...
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Pros and Cons of paracord

Check out http://ultimatesurvivaltips.com/paracord-basics/ for a pretty good answer to this question. Some of the main points about paracord: Stronger Better resistance to minor nicks and damage Can ...
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