This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re taking a break from knives to give you a brief run-down on our paracord offerings. Since we have so many varieties of actual paracord and paracord-based products we thought it was time to highlight a few.
The name paracord is a portmanteau of parachute and cord, which comes from the rope’s origins as parachute suspension lines. It came to be used by airborne units and then by military units in general for situations that required light cordage. It was first made available for civilian use after World War II, initially as military surplus before private manufacturers decided to get into the game. Since then it’s become something of a go-to for outdoorsy, survivalist types.
Paracord is what you call a kernmantle rope, which is constructed to have an interior core comprised of smaller strands that are protected from abrasion by a woven exterior sheath. The most common variety is called Type 3, or 550 cord, which contains seven to nine core yarns and is rated with a breaking strength of, you guess it, five hundred and fifty pounds. The exterior sheath on paracord is a durable nylon.
The applications are pretty much endless with this stuff. In the knife world we see it used a lot as a lanyard for neck-knives, and of course some knifemakers will wrap a skeletonized handle with paracord for a comfortable, adjustable grip. Bullwhip enthusiasts have even started using paracord to craft their whips. It’s a very sturdy material for any sort of lashing tasks, and the ability to remove and use any of the core yarns for finer needs makes this super versatile.
We offer multiple lengths of cord, with smaller spools of 49 or 100 feet, or even full rolls of 1,000 feet. These are available in a whole host of colors, so trying to survive the brutal elements doesn’t HAVE to be a joyless experience. Some of our favorite brands have started making paracord-based products, too. For example Victorinox offers a paracord survival bracelet. This is a nine foot length of paracord braided to look nice on the arm, but in a pinch it can be unraveled and used as cord. Columbia River offers a similar product designed by Ken Onion. The basic concept is the same, but this one has a carbide-coated wire saw wrapped inside.
We’ve also got a few varieties of what’s called a monkey fist, which is paracord wrapped into a ball. This can replace a lanyard as a way to quickly draw your knife, and it can be used as a non-lethal self-defense tool when the need arises. Monkey Fists generally have a marble or stainless steel ball bearing inside the paracord ball to give it an ideal weight. You use it by holding the knife or keys in your hand and swinging the ball at your assailant.
As you can see, there’s an unbelievable variety of uses for paracord, and what we’ve looked at today is just a small sample of what we have available. To see the full range of paracord products available, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com