DIY Ultra Paracord Bracelet

January 12, 2015 Categories Paracord

NOTE: What I sell on Etsy does not include the compass, handcuff key, or mini saw blade. The mini saw and handcuff key are too unreliable to acquire in reasonable time. I could add the compass if you really wanted one.


I’ve had a few people asking me how I made my paracord bracelet, which I have 22 unique items crammed into, so I decided to make a new one and break down all the details. Here’s a quick view of everything we’re going to put into this thing:

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The full list of components:

NOTE: This bracelet is designed for roughly an 8″ sized wrist. If you have a smaller wrist, you may not be able to fit as many components inside the center tube.

  1. 15′ 550 Paracord
  2. Reflective Tape
  3. Chlor-Floc Packet (Water Purification Powder)
  4. Handcuff Key
  5. Curved Whistle Buckle
  6. 6″ Heat Shrink Tubing
  7. 4″ Cable Ties (x4)
  8. 1 1/2″ Ranger Band
  9. 18″ Steel Fishing Leader (Doubles as a small animal snare)
  10. 20″ Jute Twine
  11. 18″ Brass wire
  12. X-Acto Knife Blade (cheaper version)
  13. 1″ FireSteel
  14. Quick Tinder Fire Starter
  15. 2″ Micro Saw Blade
  16. 30′ Braided Fishing Line
  17. Fishing Snap Swivel
  18. Fishing Hooks (x2)
  19. Split Shot Sinkers (x2)
  20. Safety Pins (x2)
  21. Needle
  22. Compass (optional)

I should also note that I prefer to use the extremely common Cobra weave when making these bracelets. It is an easy weave and allows you to make bracelets fairly quickly. There are several different types of weaves out there, just do a search on Google or Youtube for examples and decide what is best for you.

Required Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Masking or Electrical Tape (not required, but recommended)
  • Paracord Jig (not required, but highly recommended. I made my own, but you can just as easy buy one)

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What is a Ranger Band?

Categories Paracord

No, a ranger band is not a group of park service employees with musical instruments. A ranger band is simply an old bicycle tire that has been cut into strips. You can cut the strips at various lengths depending on what you’re using them for, whether that be three inches of tubing or maybe just a sliver to use in place of a regular rubber band.

Why not just use a regular rubber band?

Rubber bands aren’t actually made of rubber, they’re made of latex. Over time they can become gooey or brittle and then they break. Since ranger bands are made of old bicycle tires, which are made of butyl rubber, they can last an incredibly long time.

What can you use a ranger band for?

Pretty much anything you can use a rubber band for. Here are a few things to give you an idea:

  1. Fire starter. Ranger bands burn for at least 30 seconds, giving you ample time to get a fire started.
  2. A place to store tinder. I add them to paracord bracelets around the buckle to store a piece of Quick Tinder. Not only can you use the tinder to start a fire, but now you also have a ranger band to give you more time to get that fire going.
  3. Put it around a knife sheath to store things, like: a small LED light, FireSteel, a lighter, matches, whatever. Anything small enough to jam in there.
  4. Attach a light to a gun.
  5. Pistol grip.
  6. Add grip to a fixed blade knife.
  7. Add grip to an axe.
  8. Backpack strap ties. I roll up the excess material from the straps and wrap it up nicely inside a ranger band. Not only does it keep the straps from dangling everywhere, but it gives me plenty of extra fire starter.
  9. Use a thin strip to wrap around an Altoids “survival” tin. Not only will it keep the tin closed without worry, but it gives you some extra fire starter.
  10. Use some to organize/store medical gear.
  11. Make a slingshot.
  12. Make a tourniquet.
  13. Compass protector/sleeve.
  14. Strap gear together.
  15. Use it to silence your dog tags.

The list goes on and on. And the nice thing is that inner tubes come in all sorts of different sizes, so you can probably find one to fit your need.

 

The Cobra Weave

January 11, 2015 Categories Paracord

The Cobra weave is one of the most common types of weaves used to make paracord bracelets (also known as “survival” bracelets). This is a simple guide to show you how it’s done. Continue reading The Cobra Weave