What is paracord?
This nylon cord may turn out to be one of the most useful and versatile tools in your survival or emergency gear!
Commonly called parachute line, paracord is made up of a tubular case containing seven pieces of thinner nylon threads, each of which can be further separated into three even finer threads. Tensile strength of a piece of line is reportedly 550 pounds, though you wouldn’t want to try rappelling with it.
This paracord is MilSpec brand, meaning it is made to military standards here in the United States.
The tensile strength of one piece of the inner thread is about 35 lbs. The tensile strength of the very smallest fibers is probably around 8 or 9 lbs. At this point, the material can be useful as a dental floss substitute, sewing thread, fishing line and even suture material.
I always carry a minimum of 50 feet of paracord in my gear, and if I’m hunting or backpacking, will take about 150 feet. I find the 50-foot length to be the most handy, since you may be doing multiple lashings, or tying up several different things.
Color is important, too. Obviously camouflage is important if you don’t want to be seen, but I generally prefer something bright so nobody trips over a tent stake or runs into a clothesline.
These 50-foot lengths of paracord are available in Royal Blue and black – please specify which when ordering.