Friday, December 5, 2014

DIY Gun Sling Instructions

Instructions: Putting Together a DIY Gun Sling Kit


Over Black Friday, we sold a record-high number of Do It Yourself Gun Sling Kits. Although the 2014 hunting season is coming to a close, paracord gun slings have NEVER been more popular than now. We thought it was particularly pertinent for us to share with the general public our instructions for putting together these DIY kits. If you've never made a gun sling before, or need a quick freshening-up, enjoy this post!





Enjoy your gun sling, and thank you for checking out this post! Please feel free to share any pictures of your completed projects with us by connecting with us on Twitter, writing on our Facebook wall, showing us on Pinterest, sharing your photo with us on Google+, or tagging us on Instagram.

#HappyCording

Written by: Jackson Yakowicz

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

View Jack's full blog here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful for Paracord

Thankful for Paracord
Crafting ideas for Thanksgiving Day, and more.


Thanksgiving Paracord Craft Ideas

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for family, football, and attempting to stay busy up until you can feast. As a kid, I never really appreciated the sanctity of Thanksgiving day. For my parents, it meant a day for the whole family to get together and enjoy each other’s presence. For me, it meant ‘I’m hungry, tired, and bored.’ If only I had paracord back then. Although my level of appreciation for the holiday is vastly expanded, it’s hard to not feel bored at certain points in the lengthy day. We’re busy people—used to abiding to an hourly schedule and obsessively compelled to be doing something. Let paracord alleviate your Thanksgiving boredom this year! Here are some great crafting ideas to keep you (or your children) busy while waiting on your meal.

The Paracord Placemat

Hey, use these to put under your hotdishes if you’d like! This design for a paracord trivet is awesome. Check it out here.

Image from Instructables


Thanksgiving Themed Bracelets

This project idea is more tailored for keeping your children occupied. Suggested colors: Rattler, Sunset, and White. The design for this bracelet can be found here.

Image from DIYReady


Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Two of our biggest sales in the ENTIRE YEAR are approaching. Are you ready?! We have spent many months deliberating the best deals to provide our loyal fans, and we could not be more happy to present them to you. Facebook specific deals will be released on both Friday, November 28th and Monday, December 1st. For the full list of deals, subscribe to our newsletter. This way, you will be emailed our full list of deals immediately as they release. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers for Christmas, there has never been a better time to add paracord to your online cart.




I also would like to take the time to say "thank you" to all of you readers for your continued support of ParacordPlanet.com. We've been blessed with many successes, and we are fully aware of the fact that we wouldn't be anywhere without you all. Thank you! I hope you all have a very special Thanksgiving.


Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern
Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com
For more of Jack's work, view his full blog

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Polyester vs. Nylon

Polyester vs. Nylon

Which type of paracord is "better"?


I’ve always been more of a Coca-Cola guy than a Pepsi guy. Side-by-side, it’s hard to distinguish any major differences between the two sodas. If there were two separate glasses of either beverage placed on my table right now, I would not be able to tell you which one I prefer. However, once my lips touch liquid, I know immediately which of the two my favorite is. Likewise, avid paracorders know automatically whether to purchase “Nylon cord” or “Polyester cord.” Though neither cord is objectively greater than the other, the vast majority of paracord users prefer nylon cord for their crafting. Why is this? What sets nylon above polyester in the eyes—or, rather fingertips—of so many paracord purchasers? This blog post will differentiate between Nylon and Polyester, and postulate the reason that Nylon is so much more popular.


The 3 Main Pros of Nylon

Pro #1: Nylon has a more natural feel than polyester. Although looks wise, nylon and polyester cord are hardly separable, you can definitely feel the difference between the two. The silky texture of Nylon is a magnificent contrast to its fiber-feeling counterpart, Polyester.

Pro #2: Nylon is stronger in composition, but softer in touch than polyester. The strength in composition of nylon makes it a very appealing material for paracord users. Especially when you are using paracord for projects such as harnesses, or leashes, strength is a must have. The soft touch is an added benefit, making nylon more of an ergonomic match for its user.

Pro #3: Nylon is more elastic, and will stretch with greater ease than polyester. Using nylon cord is a huge benefit for crafters, as elasticity is a must-have. When you make a bracelet with nylon cord, you will have a tad bit more wiggle room in your sizing than you will with polyester, which is a more rigid material.

The 3 Main Pros of Polyester

Pro 1: Polyester is more resistant to wrinkles than nylon. “Durability” is the name of the game with polyester, and to those crafters that are concerned with their cord losing its form, polyester trumps nylon here. Polyester’s ability to withstand wrinkles can be a major factor influencing a purchaser to invest in polyester over nylon.

Pro 2: Polyester performs better when wet than nylon. The amount of times I’ve been asked “can I wear my paracord bracelet in the shower” amazes me. Water-resistance is clearly a big concern for bracelet-wearers, and polyester’s advantage here is undeniable. Nylon cord will stay wet longer than polyester cord, and nylon’s composition is affected to a greater measure than polyester’s from moisture.


Pro 3: Polyester has better color retention than Nylon. Part of this point ties back to the fact that polyester is more water-resistant than nylon. Polyester will not fade from exposure to moisture like nylon will. Also, over time polyester is much better at retaining color than nylon cord. This aspect is also very important to crafters. 


Similar to the Coke and Pepsi debate, a lot of the “Which is better: Nylon or Polyester?” debate boils down to personal preference. An advantage of Polyester that I did not list above is the fact that polyester is cheaper to purchase than nylon. This in itself may seal the deal with paracord customers. From my experiences, and the experiences of many, however, nylon has the superlative quality. You get what you paid for is an aphorism that fits as well as any in this scenario. For the best crafting experience, Nylon is the preferred material, despite its inferior water-and-wrinkle-resistance.

Want to see more from Paracord Planet? Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circles, check out our Pinterest, and add us on Snapchat at “ParacordPlanet.” Not only will you stay informed on all things paracord, but we also frequently run contests and giveaways for FREE paracord on all of these social media platforms. Become a part of the #ParacordFam today!

Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern


For more of Jack’s work, view his full blog here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Are You a Paramaniac?

Are You a Paramaniac?

Diagnosing your paracord addiction



Last week, I had a dream in which all I was doing was knotting cord. There was no rising action, there was no climax; there were just knots, upon knots, upon knots. It wasn't until this moment that I realized how much paracord was beginning to consume my life. You spend enough time working with the material and you begin to envision everything wrapped in paracord--houses, streets, your burger from McDonalds. There is virtually no limit to the amount of uses paracord has, and likewise, there is virtually no limit to the amount of time you can spend fishtailing through an alternate reality of ties and weaves. It's called "paramania:" the complete and utter obsession with all things paracord. Has your love for paracord become overwhelming? Take our self-guided quiz below to see if you have the symptoms of a paramaniac!

1. Do you have more than one bracelet on your wrist at all times?

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2. Do you stare at a computer screen for hours on end trying to learn new weaves?

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3. Have you ever thrown a tantrum like this after messing up a design?

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4. Is this the look on you and your friend's faces when you discuss paracord?

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5. Is this how you look with your paracord?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s official: you’re a paramaniac. Don’t fret, though! There are many cures to this pseudo-disease including psychotherapy and taping your hands shut. Or, you could simply come to terms with your addiction to paracord. Embrace it, make wonderful creations, and share them with us! We gladly accept paramaniacs of all shapes and sizes at Paracord Planet. Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circles, and check out our Pinterest! We’re also on Snapchat, at “ParacordPlanet.” Follow us on all of these social media venues for opportunities to win FREE paracord from our numerous contests and giveaways.

Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Paracord of the Future

Paracord of the Future

What bracelets will look like in 25 years


Every grandchild has had their fair share of “back in my day…” conversations. These talks with my grandma have led me to many horrifying realizations; I now believe that if it were not for a cell phone, I would have never gone on a date, and if it were not for Facebook, I would have no friends. In 50+ years when I’m a grandpa, I’m sure that I will have similar conversations with my kin. ‘When I was your age, all we had were the cobra-weave bracelets.’ Like all other commodities, paracord is bound to flourish as technological capacities increase. Look back two years ago on how limited the designs for paracord bracelets were. Now, we have bracelets with flint-rod buckles, LED lights, and much much more. The functionality of paracord is ever-expanding, and it got me to thinking: what will paracord bracelets look like 25 years in the future?! Here are a few of my ideas…

#1: The Invisi-Cord Bracelet


Harry Potter’s “Invisibility Cloak” meets the futuristic real world. Imagine the benefits of a paracord bracelet that could go into hiding. I love my paracord bracelet, but in an office setting, it’s not exactly “proper attire.” Also, while you are out hunting and don’t want your brightly-colored paracord bracelet to draw attention, how great would it be to be able to push a button and have your bracelet vanish from sight? On top of everything else, it would just be downright cool. Technological developments aimed at creating invisible military clothing is already well underway, and it might not be long until the invisible paracord bracelet is actually an item for citizens to purchase.

#2: The Para-Spy Bracelet


I think I watched too much “Spy Kids” when I was younger. I also thought that I was going to be a CIA agent until I was about 12. Needless to say, when I heard about the “Google Glass,” I was infatuated. For those of you who don’t know, this hands-free device from Google allows you to take pictures with just the blink of an eye. Imagine these same capabilities from your paracord bracelet. A microscopic camera could be inserted in a bead on your bracelet, and you could be able to have your very own spy gear that could respond to natural language commands, or touch. As technology advances and internet becomes increasingly accessible, it’s not too farfetched of a concept for your paracord bracelet to be used to surf the internet, too. Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I’m certainly not the only one.

#3: The Bracelet That Flies


We’ve seen an evolution in paracord hardware just over the past six months. We now can purchase a high-pitched whistle buckle, a flint-rod buckle that can start a fire, and a special buckle with a handcuff key attached to it. The sky is the limit—and hey, maybe your paracord bracelet will fly towards it. Many years down the road, as jetpack capabilities and other apparatuses for flight are innovated, we might just see the “flying buckle.” Imagine how great this would be for your business! Instead of the traditional route of making a bracelet and then sending it to a customer, you could simply fly the bracelet to them. I know, I’m getting way ahead of myself, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that we need to expect the unexpected. I don’t know about you, but I would love to have a jetpack bracelet strapped around my wrist.


As those of you avid corders know, the possibilities with paracord are truly infinite. Do you have any other ideas of what we can expect from paracord bracelets in the future?! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circles, check out our Pinterest, and add us on Snapchat (at ParacordPlanet)! We frequently run contests on all of these social media venues, and would love to connect with the rest of the #ParacordFam!!

Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Paracord Planet Experience

The Paracord Planet Experience
An Interview with P2's President, Ryan Aldrich

CEO Ryan Aldrich, shown above, describes P2 as "an experience."

I had a very concrete idea of what my first internship would consist of. I would be grabbing coffee for my manager, filing papers until I lost sanity, and be called “kid” or “temp” instead of my actual name. My experience interning for Paracord Planet has debunked all of these theories and then some. I walk into the office where I’m greeted with a heartfelt “good morning, Jack,” I take a seat at my desk amidst the rest of the marketing department, and I am able to converse with the company's executives every day. Not many of my friends can say the same. Here’s some further proof of how awesome my internship is: I got to interview the CEO. The free-flowing of communication and transparency of business affairs are part of the “sense of community” that Ryan Aldrich, my boss and the president of P2, says makes our company extraordinary. Here’s my interview with Ryan…

Me: How did Paracord Planet come into formation?

Ryan: We were originally an online retailer of a lot of sporting goods and tactical goods, and paracord was one of those items. I noticed that survival bracelets were becoming very popular, and we decided at that point that it was a market we could get into. We had the custom ability to enter the market because of some of the products we had been selling, including Phiten titanium necklaces. So, our original thought was that we were going to enter the bracelet industry, and got our website set up for that. We also did offer just the hanks of paracord, too, and those started taking off even more than the actual bracelets. We started to look at the needs of the bracelet-makers out there and it just kept expanding.

Me: What kind of advantage does selling the raw materials, as well as the finished bracelets, give Paracord Planet?

Ryan: There are a lot of people out there that sell the raw goods, but what gives us the advantage is that we do both, and we do both well. We try to stay very in touch with our customers and what they need, and having made bracelets, as well as now selling the materials to make bracelets, we’re able to stay in-tune with the needs of our customers.

Me: Asserting “Paracord Planet” as one of the largest names in the industry, what would you say is the main reason for this company’s success? What makes P2 special?

Ryan: I think there are a few things; one of them being the passion that our people here have. Our goal isn’t to sell paracord, our goal is for an experience. We want our customers to come to our site and not only buy paracord, but also to interact with other people through our social media, see examples of how paracord can be used, and so on. We’re not just a retailer. We’re here to help customers have that experience with our product.

Me: Paracord has really heightened in popularity over the last handful of years. Do you see paracord crafting as just a “trend” or something with more longevity?

Ryan: That’s a good question—trends are always hard to predict. Our initial thought process was that it might be a trend, but now I think that we can control it a little bit. I mean, just look at the diversity of cords we offer; When we started, it was just 550 Cord and it was 60 colors. Now it’s 550 cord, its 425 cord, it’s nano cord, it’s shock cord, and so on. It’s 350 different colors. It keeps expanding, and I think that will continue. There are some people that will be doing it just for the popularity, yeah, but even after that, we want to be the resource that the rest of our paracord users can come back to. Paracord is used for a variety of different applications, and I think we will continue to see that grow and expand.

Me: Just from operating our social media, I’ve seen how paracord has taken off overseas. Do you think that Paracord Planet is an organization that is scalable enough to deal with the increased demand abroad?

Ryan: Oh, definitely. I mean, we already ship to Canada, Sweden, and the U.K., and we’re actually looking at China, right now. There’s a lot of vendors coming out of China now, and although Paracord Planet will never branch away from offering “Made in the U.S.A.” products, as the quality of cord improves abroad, it’s another option for us. As the Chinese market develops, it helps us open up our capabilities and reach. Things are really starting to pick up in the U.K., too. That’s going to be the target of our focus in August, though, is an international scope. We’ll actually have Cari (VP of P2) switching over to an international role so we can adapt to the growing popularity of paracord around the world.

Me: How has your life changed from “Paracord Planet”?

Ryan: Personally, my life outside of work hasn’t changed a whole lot. However, inside of work it’s been a dynamic change. It’s a lot easier to work with paracord than it was to work with some of the tactical items. There were a lot more rules and regulations with the tactical goods, and a lot more that you had to deal with in regards to advertising in that market, which isn’t the case with paracord. The ease with which we can do business in the paracord industry really helps us open up and increase our capabilities. The one thing that has really changed is that when I started working here, we sold products. That’s what we did; now, we’re a brand.

Me: Final question: if you could pick any type of paracord to describe yourself as, what would it be?

Ryan: Oh boy, that’s the hardest question on here…

Me: I know. You did this to me during my job interview though, so it’s payback.

Ryan: This is hard, they’re all strong, so…

Me: (laughing)

Ryan: I might actually kind of veer away and go with something like “shock cord.” It’s a little bit more flexible.


Flexible, indeed. A big “thank you” to Ryan for allowing me to interview him, and thanks to all of you for reading this interview! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit more about Paracord Planet and our journey. Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circles, and check out our Pinterest! We are also on Snapchat at “ParacordPlanet.” We are constantly running contests on all of these social media sites in which you can win FREE paracord, and would also love to connect with you and help grow our “community” that Ryan spoke so highly of! Join the #ParacordFam today.



Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern


For more of Jack’s work, view his full blog.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paracord Picasso

Paracord Picasso
Validating Cord-Crafting as a form of art


I’ve never described myself as an “artist.” I think there is a certain presumed aura surrounding the artistic type; an eccentric, and sometimes doleful, nature that I have a hard time elucidating in my own character. Can I draw? Sure, I can draw stick figures on the notebook at my desk. Can I paint? Indubitably. I painted a pretty formidable mustache on my face last Halloween. But, were these acts of quasi-art enough to validate me?! Probably not, however, I eventually found my niche when I completed my first paracord weave. My girlfriend, a summer camp counselor with some paracord experience, taught me how to make the “fishtail bracelet” and I was hooked. I started crafting on my own nearly every day after that. I was addicted to this hobby—rather, I was addicted to this art. Sheldon Cheney describes art as “the formal expression of a conceived image or imagined conception in terms of a given medium.” This blog post aims to convince any doubtful readers that crafting with paracord is, in fact, a form of art.

Part 1: "The formal expression..."

Image from Wikipedia

Cheney begins his definition of art by calling it a “formal expression.” What that means is that there is a tangible process to the creation of your art. This is very much evident in the crafting of paracord. Whether you are basing your bracelet design off of a tutorial, or experimenting on your own, you must follow a set of steps to achieve your final product. From the measuring of your rope length, to the progression of your weave, there are many requisite actions that must be undertaken before your beloved design is completed. Crafting paracord most definitely satisfies this portion of Cheney’s definition of art.

Part 2: "...a conceived image or imagined conception..."

Image from Makezine

Few paracord designs are derived by accident. Whether you are following the instructions of a previous crafter, or have an idea of the knots and weaves you plan to create, there is most likely a conceived image or imagined conception to your design. Paracord crafters are often visually-oriented individuals, and can benefit from looking at a picture or video tutorial. To create art, you must have an idea of what you are wishing to create: paracord crafters do. Without help from video tutorials, my art would have never come to completion. Once you learn a certain amount of pre-conceived designs, you start conceiving your own. This is where your art will really take off. 

Part 3: "...a given medium."

Image from FoodStorageSurvival

Cheney ended his definition of art by saying that a “medium” must be determined. The medium with which we create is paracord. We are able to take a small piece of rope and create beauty and art from it. The medium through which we work is our hands. Perhaps you use a jig or a fid to help you along the way, but have you ever finished a paracord design and just thought ‘wow, I made this?’ The medium in which we share our work is what really allows our art to take off. Whether we are sharing designs on social media, selling finished products to our friends, or donating crafts to charity, we are allowing our paracord talents to be seen. Art is meant to be shared. Through our various mediums, we share it. 

Crafting with paracord is art in its purest form. I’m very grateful for my newfound obsession, because without it I may have never realized my potential as an artist. For me, and maybe many of you, paracording is the stepping stone to a life filled with creative expression. I wonder if Picasso would have gotten his start from paracord, too?

Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circle, check out our Pinterest, and send us a snapchat at "ParacordPlanet." We are frequently running contests for FREE paracord on every one of these social media mediums, and we'd love to get to know you all better!

Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Young Paracording Entrepreneurs

Young Paracording Entrepreneurs
Tomorrow's Business Leaders are Crafting Paracord Today

Theo Waitkus, Paracord Planet fan

The value of a dollar is vastly inflated in the eyes of a child. As a kid, I used to do anything for a few bucks. I remember the dog days of summer, when my neighbors and I would set up a streetside lemonade stand, beckoning walkers-by to make a purchase. It took us about 6 hours to accrue a whopping $5 in total profit, and only 30 seconds to blow that entire amount on candy at the local gas station. We didn’t care. We were young, ambitious, and hungry for any little portion of wealth we could find. The same entrepreneurial passion is alive and well in the hearts of youth ten years later. I grant paracord some of the credit for this. Paracord crafting has not only become a way to spend one’s afternoon, but also has become a viable business venture for children of all ages.  Listed below are the most valuable lessons a child can learn about running a business from selling paracord bracelets to friends and family.

Lesson #1: How to be creative

Image from Rothco

The first thing a paracord crafter must establish is their competitive advantage. What can you make that nobody else can?! You have to keep a watchful eye on your competition and make it your sole objective to create more original products. This requires creativity. A child’s imagination is his/her most coveted asset. The uninhibited mind of a child is able to develop an unfathomable range of ideas. This means an unlimited amount of paracord designs. Creative weave and knot patterns will be the stepping stone that children use to further their business. When they enter the corporate business world, it’ll be the same. A creative product is as necessary in the industrial market as it is in the market for paracord bracelets. Young entrepreneurs will learn how to continually expand their creative minds through selling paracord designs.

Lesson #2: Understanding supply and demand

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My first economics course in high school was nearly the death of me. I also never crafted nor sold paracord bracelets while growing up. Coincidence? Maybe. Seriously though, kids can learn a major lesson in basic economics through their bracelet business. How many bracelets do I have to craft this week? How much raw paracord and how many paracord buckles will I have to buy to satisfy these orders? Not only will a child learn the relationship between supply and demand, but also will learn how to increase demand through marketing. Whether they choose the word-of-mouth route, wherein Billy tells Jessica that Little Joey down the block can make an awesome bracelet, or they go to social media to post listings for their products, children have the opportunity to make their brand known. Learning how to price their products is another lesson for these young saleschildren. Selling paracord bracelets is the ultimate Economics 101 lesson for a kid.

Lesson #3: Distributing your product

Image from Mambo Sprouts

After a product is created and a customer is interested in purchasing said product, your saleschild is going to need to get the product to their customer. This is where their lesson on distribution will come in. Whether the distribution involves packing bracelets in one’s backpack and delivering them at school or sending them in the mail, kids will learn a valuable lesson here. Not only does the product have to stay safe and in-tact, but it also must be delivered at a reasonable time. The same concerns emerge in the corporate world. Quality and timeliness are the keys here. Our young entrepreneurs will learn the benefits of having a proper distribution system during their bracelet-selling endeavor.

Lesson #4: Managing customer relations

Image from Cindy Tansin

The final, and arguably most valuable, lesson a child will learn from crafting and selling paracord products is customer relations. In an ideal world, every customer we ever encounter will be exuberant and joyous with their love for our product. Unfortunately, universal satisfaction is a mythical goal. A child may encounter a few customers who are less-than-happy with their order. They will learn the ramifications that come along with an unhappy customer, and will learn how to improve the quality of their product to avoid encountering this unpleasant event again. Children will learn how to respond to adversity and persevere, which is very possibly the most important lesson for any businessperson to learn. Our young entrepreneurs’ early lessons in regards to customer relationship management will really set them ahead in the business environment of their future.

Making paracord bracelets most likely will not make your child rich. However, it will make them rich with knowledge of important business concepts. I firmly believe that the best entrepreneurs and business executives of our future are busy crafting and selling paracord bracelets today. So, encourage your child, younger sibling, or neighbor to get into paracord crafting; it just could be what leads them to success in their future.



Image from Grand River Toys

Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circle, check out our Pinterest, and add us on Snapchat at “ParacordPlanet.” We are frequently running contests and giveaways on all of these social media mediums, and would love to connect with our fans here!

Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bracelets for Men

Bracelets for Men
Four paracord bracelets designed for guys



I’ll always remember the time I was emasculated by a 4-year-old. I’m entrusting you readers with a hallmark moment in terms of my awkwardness, so feel honored. It was last summer, and I had just finished playing some beach volleyball at the local lake. On my drive home, I became flooded with an overwhelming urge for ice cream (these things happen, just go with it). I swerved into a Cub Foods parking lot, quickly found the freezer aisle in the store, and grabbed a carton of Haagen-Dasz. It was late in the afternoon, and naturally the lines for the cash registers were jam-packed. Behind me in line were a young mother and her son (my future nemesis). The boy piped up “Hey mom, why is that guy wearing a bracelet?! Is he a girl?!” I blushed, looked down at my yellow Livestrong bracelet, and nervously shuffled my way into a different checkout lane. Bill Cosby wasn’t lying; kids do say the darndest things.  I realized however that this little boy’s opinion reflected a greater societal belief. The rigidity of gender roles in modern society limits jewelry to the confines of a female-only accessory. I’m here to change that. Listed below are some of the roughest and toughest paracord bracelets that will change the preconceived notion that bracelets are for girls only.

#1: The Fire-Starter Bracelet


Man’s obsession with fire is virtually universal. From the early days of cavemen creating sparks with stone to the more modern applications in campfires and fireworks, I think every male is at least partially pyromaniac. With a flint-rod buckle, your paracord bracelet can be transformed into a fire-starter, too! Using the seven interior strands in your paracord as kindling, you can easily set your kindling aflame with the buckle. This bracelet is applicable in a multitude of survival situations, but also in simpler situations such as creating a smaller bonfire. Check out this video to see how the fire starter paracord bracelet works.

#2: The Fishing Bracelet

Image from Paracordable

My frequent readers are already well aware of my fascination with paracord’s fishing applications, but I can’t help it! A paracord bracelet that can be used to reel in some dinner out on the lake is just incredible to me. By removing the interior strands of your paracord and filling the outer shell with fishing line instead, you are well on your way to a successful pontoon ride. Take the picture above as an example of how you can better use your paracord bracelet as a makeshift tacklebox. Check out this video to see how the fishing paracord bracelet works.

#3: The USB Bracelet

Image from Finders Keepers Creations

Now this one is unique. As an office worker, I’m accustomed to the frustrations of a missing USB flash drive. I’ve seen a lot of ways in which a flash drive can be better accounted for, including attaching it to a keychain or the handle of your watter bottle. However, this is new. A USB that acts as the buckle on your paracord bracelet is as awesome as it is creative. While you’re at the office, you never have to worry about misplacing your flash drive or being unable to access your files. Check out this tutorial to see how you can make your own USB paracord bracelet.

#4: The Monkey Fist Bracelet
  
Image from Paracord Forum

I’ve always been intrigued by the monkey fist. When I first started working here at Paracord Planet, my desk buddy was playing around with one. I asked him what he was holding, and then he started whipping it around in the air. Accidentally (or so he claims), he lost hold of it and it missed my head by only a matter of inches. I literally dodged a bullet. Whether you are using the monkey fist for self-defense or demolition, it surely does the trick. Attaching a monkey fist to your paracord bracelet makes for a pretty awesome piece of jewelry. Check out this tutorial to see how to create your own monkey fist paracord bracelet.

The next time I’m approached by a 4-year-old sexist in a checkout line, I will proudly boast my paracord bracelet. The paracord bracelet is truly a unisex accessory, and designed for people of any age, as well. The applications of paracord bracelets and capacity for creative crafting are infinite. What ideas do you have to enhance your bracelet? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Written by: Jackson Yakowicz, P2 Intern



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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stars, Stripes, and Paracord

Stars, Stripes, and Paracord
The history and expansion of paracord in the USA


U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A. Go anywhere in America, start that chant, and I can almost guarantee the room will erupt into a thunderous roar of national pride. OK, don’t try that in a movie theater or at a silent auction, but you catch my drift. Say what you will about Americans and the shortcomings of the United States, but one thing we have in surplus is pride in our country. The Home of the Brave and Land of the Free also deserve a lot of credit for the discovery and expansion of paracord. As the 4th of July approaches, I want to dedicate this blog post to the unique relationship between my beloved country and paracord. 

The History

Image from WW2 in Color

To trace the lineage of paracord, we have to journey to the battlefields in World War II. The United States Military introduced a new form of cord—“paracord,” as it would be later known—to be used as the suspension lines for their parachuting expeditions. Once paratroopers were in the field, they began to develop new uses for this paracord. The slender, strength-resistant rope fulfilled many functions including attaching equipment to harnesses, tying rucksacks to vehicle racks, securing camouflage nets to trees and vehicles, and being used as a pace counter to estimate ground coverage. Outside of the initial uses discovered by the military, paracord’s versatility continued to expand domestically. In 1997, during one of the early shuttle missions (STS-82), NASA astronauts accessed the highly useful cord to repair damaged insulation on the Hubble Space Telescope. It could be said that over the seventy years since its inception, paracord has subtly shaped American history.

USA-Themed Paracord Projects


The popularity of the red, white, and blue combination amongst bracelets is indicative of how prideful paracord crafters from the States truly are. We love our country, so why shouldn't our crafts indicate that?! Displayed below are some of my personal favorite USA-themed paracord products. How sweet are these?!

Image from Etsy

Image from Survival Straps

Image from The Hansens

Image from Unique Rope Craft


The "Made in the U.S.A." Promise


To be honest, before interning with Paracord Planet, I didn't realize the intangible added-value of a domestically-made product. Paracord Planet is a true American company. We hire employees right here in Fargo, choose domestic suppliers to responsibly source from, and pride ourselves in helping the U.S. economy continue to climb upwards. Not only that, but parachute cord was originally created by Americans. We can manufacture the best paracord, because we invented it. Every package you receive from Paracord Planet displays the "Made in the U.S.A." emblem to serve as a reminder to our customers that they are helping their country with every purchase they make. Stars, stripes, and paracord: that's my America.

Have an awesome Independence Day!! Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your Google+ circle, and check out our Pinterest. Also, add us on Snapchat at "ParacordPlanet." We are giving out free paracord ALL THE TIME on all five social media venues!! Don't miss your opportunity to win all you can!

Written by: Jack Yakowicz, Paracord Planet Intern

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

For more of Jack's work, view his full blog.