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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Paracord Fid (Needle)
Image Source: Paracord Planet
Paracord Fids (Needles)
Making your next
bracelet just got easier
At least once a week, I try to highlight an innovative or
exciting product; this week I want to call attention to one that is going to
make your Paracord projects significantly easier. I know this will simplify your life, because we receive this question on a regular basis: “What is the
point of a fid, or needle or whatever you call it?” This is a good question, because
if you work with Paracord on a limited basis you may think there isn’t much to
it. But the more work you do, the more you understand how a fid can help you. I
will provide you with some background on the fid and explain how it can
improve your projects for very little cost.
Image Source: Maine Historical Society
Fids are traditionally made of bone
or wood--obviously the most readily available materials to people living in the
rural parts of the world. The basic idea behind a fid is similar to that of a
needle—to enable the individual to weave something that they are otherwise unable to weave with
their hands—but with rope or cord rather than thread. This ability is
particularly important when working with Paracord, because of how fine the cord
is and how tight the weaves generally are.
Image Source: Paracord Planet
So why use a fid? Plain and simple, it will enable you to make
Paracord projects you currently cannot and it will make your current Paracord projects
easier. Everyday examples of this include finishing your bracelets. Yes, it is a
small thing, but tucking the ends of your Paracord back into the bracelet to
achieve a clean, professional finish can be frustrating; by utilizing a
Paracord fid in your work, this becomes a breeze. Another very real way a fid can
help you includes when you want to work that beautiful breast-cancer awareness
ribbon into your Paracord bracelet while maintaining the tightness and
integrity of the Paracord weave. The fid is great for getting in between the
Paracord without disrupting your bracelet. A fid can also be quite beneficial
for certain weaves such as the Turk’s Head and other tricky ties. A small tool
that can make a big difference.
My hope is that this blog answered any questions you may have had about what a fid is or how to use it; you can find all your fids at Paracord Planet. Feel free to comment any questions you may have or tell us what project you are going to use your fid on! Like our Facebook page for great deals and enjoy your new tool!