Thursday, September 15, 2011
A Practical Hobby Item...!
As most of you know, late last year I started the new hobby of "loom knitting!"
Just recently I started something new. I started making some survival straps or bracelets, if you will, using paracord. Paracord, or 550 cord, is real parachute cord and it makes a good cord for your survival stuff because of it's 550 pound test strength. The cord has 7 inner strands, each one having a test strength of 50 pounds. Could be used for fishing line, tying up shelter, so many other things that it is almost the perfect cordage to carry with your gear.
The bracelets are just a way to carry some extra cordage by wearing it. The straps are not only practical, but I think they look good as well! Besides, they are fun to make and since the paracord comes in 32 different colors...nearly any color combination is possible!
Here are some pictures of some straps, but I did NOT make these! They are here just as an example!
Now the reason I said this cord was almost perfect, is that I found a more practical cord for the survivalist package. It doesn't have the inner strands, but could have some great uses in the field!
Here is the break down of the cord from The folks at Vermont Barre Army Navy Store.
Kevlar Survival Cord - 25ft Hank A must for any survival or emergency preparedness kit! Made from Kevlar fibers with an amazing tensile strength that is unmatched by any other cord in the market so that a .036" cord can hold 200 lbs. Can withstand extreme temperatures and is flame-resistant. Features a polyurethane coating for UV resistance and increased abrasion resistance. Can be used for snares, traps, bows and can even cut through plastic flex ties. 25 ft. length Made in USA
Seems to me that this might be just the thing to have in a BOB or the backpack. Just felt I would point this cord out because I hadn't heard of it before.
Oh, I might mention that a lot of people sell these bracelets online, but they are pretty easy to make. If I can do it, anyone can! If you want one and don't want to buy it or make it, let me know and maybe I can make you one...for free, of course!
If you buy one, I wouldn't pay more than 5 bucks for it. Just shop around...!
Want some fresh coffee? Coffee and home made chocolate chip cookies are ready on the patio!