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Friday, 15 January 2016

The 10 C's of Survival 5/10 - Cordage

Can Cordage Save Your Life?

Yes you can fashion your own cord from all natural materials in the wild, but it is time consuming and inconvenient in a disaster, so mostly when it comes to cordage Paracord is the standard.

Look into anything prepping related and sooner or later you're going to trip over Paracord. Every man and his dog insists on tying a dizzying array of coloured paracord to anything and everything. 

There are HUNDREDS, if not thousands of uses for paracord and if you've got 15 minutes of your life that you have nothing better to do with you can watch this 101 uses for paracord video on YouTube

Essentially its very handy, very strong and you can unravel it for smaller strands of cordage. If you use Firecord it's even more useful.

I'm very much of the opinion that paracord bracelets and lanyards are far more fashion than utility, 
A lot of people talk about having lanyards set up on knives and whatnot, ready to take apart if they 'need' the paracord. Thing is, if you've put lots of time into putting a well knotted lanyard together, the last thing you want to do is undo that for any minor reason.  Far easier to carry a 100ft hank at the bottom of your bag and just cut is as and when you need it, its fairly inexpensive.

I wear paraboots every day on the motorcycle, and have replaced the laces with paracord because they will never break unlike normal laces, and I've always got the cord "if I need it"

and hopefully I never will need it. Most of the things we prep for we hope never to need, but its more  a case of rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. 

Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments below



  1. Paracord is always handy. I always have some if we go camping. Around the farm I tend to use baler twine, be lost without that stuff! Every gate has some on it somewhere! Ever made any natural cordage? I did with nettles once but it was very time consuming and not that strong.

  2. I made some as a kid from nettles and its was as you said, time consuming, fiddly and not worth the effort for the end product. That being said I have seen a few different ways of doing it since then that look a lot simpler and easier so may revisit the topic and try again some time

  3. Am still learning about paracord, so much to know about everything. I came across paracord bootlaces with fire starters in the ends, yesterday.


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