What Is Paracord Or Parachute Cord?

Paracord is shortened from Parachute cord. Parachute cord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once paratroopers had landed, collecting their paracord was a priority. The parachute cord was quite versatile and served many functions. Paracord is now widely used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians worldwide. Astronauts have even used the handy cord in outer-space missions to repair The Hubble.

Braided sheaths have a high number of interwoven strands, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic. This is important to keep in mind, depending on what you are using it for. Since nylon doesn’t rot or mildew, it has become known as an all weather material that will is very durable. Paracord is also handy because individual interwoven strands can be separated to provide smaller sizes that are still dependable. The insides of the core can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear or fishing line in survival situations. The nylon sheath is often used alone, the yarn in the core removed, when a thinner or less elastic cord is needed. It is standard practice for the ends of the cord to be melted and crimped to prevent fraying. People also commonly use parachute cord to make knotted or braided bracelets, belts, necklaces, lanyards and other similar items.

Parachute cord is rated in lbs, using breaking strength as the main factor. There a six categories for military speculation parachute cord. The paracords start at a minimum breaking strength of 95lbs and go all the way to a minimum breaking strength of 750 lbs. The 100lbs and 225llbs military spec parachute rope does not have an inner core. The other cords have inter cores ranging from 4-11 yarns. As mentioned, military spec paracord is available to anyone and is a very versatile and durable option for almost all outdoor activities. It is also very reasonably priced. Go ahead and get some today, you will be surprised how handy it will become and how much you will use it. It is also great to keep on boats, atv’s, and in your car or truck. You can usually find paracord locally at hardware or sporting stores, but it is easily available online as well. Usually you are able to save money purchasing it online and have it shipped right to your house.

Updated: May 16, 2011 — 4:01 am

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