What are paracords?
The name "paracord" comes from the parachute cord that was first introduced by the US military as a parachute suspension line.
The most common type of paracord is the 550, which means it can hold up to 550 pounds (or about 250 kg if you prefer). You can visit The Paracord Store to get 550 paracord supplies.
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How does paracord help in survival situations?
There are several things you can use to use a paracord in an emergency, from medical to hunting and survival situations. Here are some of the most useful things you can do with a paracord.
Paracord as hub:- Revolving doors should only be used as a last resort in cases of extreme and uncontrolled bleeding. Oftentimes, wearing a tourniquet means saying goodbye to a bleeding limb, as you are shutting off blood circulation.
Knit paracord with a width of at least 2.5 cm:- You don't want to braid it too thin and risk tearing your skin while tightening it. Since this is an emergency, you should weave it as soon as possible; or better yet, have a paracord that has been knitted in the form of a belt or bracelet.
Paracord to light a fire:- If you forget (or lose or get a match or lighter) a match or lighter, you can use a stick and paracord to light a fire.
This technique – often referred to as the "arc drill" technique – can be a bit tricky, so it should ideally be practiced first. Use your paracord to tie the two ends to a relatively flexible but sturdy post. This is the arc you use to generate heat to start a fire.