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is a highly versatile multi-filament nylon cord with nearly unlimited uses, applications, and benefits, and is a must-have for any survival and emergency preparedness kit. Real paracord is made of seven strong nylon cords with each cord made of several smaller woven strands, all wrapped in a flexible outer braided nylon wrapper. The combined breaking strength of the real paracord is 550 pounds. For this reason, some call it"550 cord".
The cord was first introduced and applied in parachute construction during WWII and was quickly recognized for its use in other tasks. Today it is used by both military and civilians for countless general purpose tasks. There are many copies in the civilian market today but true military grade cord will be designated MIL-C-5040 Type III and rated for 550 pounds. Genuine MIL-SPEC MIL-C-5040 Type III Paracord has 7 inner yarns, each made up of 3 strands. Commercial/Civilian 550 paracord imitations might not have 7 inner yarns or the inner yarns might not have 3 strands each.
According to the actual Mil-C-5040 government document 550 type III Paracord should be made up of between 7 and 9 strands and each strand shall be 3-ply. Having said that, much of the paracord on the civilian market is still VERY good. Just be sure that there are 7 inner yarns (some have 5). It is apparently fairly difficult to find the real Mil-spec paracord with 7-inner yarns AND with each yarn consisting of 3-ply (3-strands) (most are 2-ply, which is still very good for most all purposes). The cord comes in a variety of colors and lengths (when cut, the ends should be burned or singed to prevent fraying). The inner strands can be easily pulled out for many additional uses.
The 5 Benefits of Paracord
Strength (In just a 1/8 inch diameter cord, incredible breaking strength of 550 lbs.)
Durability (It can be used over and over again while remaining flexible and durable)
Light Weight (The Mil specification requires that 225 feet of cord weigh 1 pound or less)
Water and Mildew Resistant (Outside elements are not a problem and it will dry very quickly)
Inner Strands (The unique ability to remove the inner strands make this cord extremely versatile)
Uses for Paracord
The list is really endless and up to your imagination, but a few ideas include the following:
- Braiding for even more combined strength
- Tent and Pole support, building shelters
- Clothes Line
- Tow Line
- Tarp Tie Down
- Equipment Guy-lines
- Pack Strap, Fasten, lash and secure gear to backpack
- Shoe Lace, Boot Lace
- Garden Lines
- Shelter Making
- Fire Bow
- Survival kit
- Knife Handle Wrap
- Lifeline, since it will support the weight of a human
- Inner strands: sewing, fishing, trapping-snares, dental floss, emergency stitches (boil first)
The Titan Military 550 Paracord
is made extremely well and is very durable. I really like that the product is made in the USA as I like to support items made in my home country whenever possible. Of course, that`s not to say I don`t love products from other countries, because I do very much, but I also support my home country whenever possible. For outdoor use, it is good to not have it rot or mildew, so it can be used over and over again. My husband has a bad habit of forgetting stuff outside so this is a huge plus to know it`s not going to be ruined if this happens. This is definitely something you want to have in our pack if you`re going camping, hiking, etc. Not only is the cord itself useful, but the inner strands can also be used for fishing line and even sutures! I know quite a few people in the military and they used to make paracord survival bracelets during training when they would get bored or have downtime. You never know when you`ll need it or it`ll come in handy! Needless to say I`m highly impressed with the Titan Military 550 Paracord. It`s a 7 strand cord and holds up to 550 pounds.
This is truly a survival essential with tons of uses! I`m amazed with so many uses they have for it. I think my own personal project will be attempting to make a paracord bracelet when I get some of my own down time!
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