Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Paracord Survival Gear Series

In the coming posts I will be building on the theme of my last post by creating a series of survival gear made using lightweight nylon kernmantle 550 paracord.

To add a knot to the Survival Gear Series, once the knot is tied the user must be able to unravel the complete knot quickly without using any tools other than what the average person may carry.

So stay tuned and if you have any survival knots that you would like to see in this series, as always please let me know.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Unique Survival Fob

This keychain can be unraveled and ready for use in less than thirty seconds. In the images below I will show how easy this keychain can be deployed without cutting the paracord or using any tools other than your hands.
This knot can be tied as bracelet, necklace, or in this case a keychain. This fob holds twelve feet of paracord ready to be used for such things as lashing a survival shelter or removing the inner strands for fishing line.

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To unravel this keychain, start with the hangman's noose knot, pull the cord opposite the backbone cord until the noose pulls through the coil. This will leave you with two cords on the end, one being the backbone cord which is important in unraveling the keychain.
Now pull the backbone cord out the opposite side leaving you with a cord on each end of the keychain. Untie the securing loop, and pull out the end of the cord.
To finish unraveling the keychain, simply hold the right cord tightly and pull the securing loop cord and the knot should start to fully unravel.

 Unraveling the Hangman's Noose (Double-click the image to enlarge)

 Removing the backbone cord (Double-click the image to enlarge)

 Final Unraveling Process (Double-click to enlarge the image)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Unique Wide Solomon Bar Keychain

The Solomon Bar is probably the most common knot tied for key chains, fobs, bracelets, etc. The Wide Solomon Bar is an extension of the knot.
I wanted an earth toned key chain to swap out for my Alabama Monkey Fist key chain (until football season starts anyway). I had watched a video by JD @ TIAT that showed how to tie a Wide Solomon Bar bracelet with buckles and I thought that it would look great as a key chain.
This knot is fairly simple to tie if you have conquered the regular Solomon Bar, if not then it's easy to learn, might as well start now.  (Click the Continue Reading button for the remainder of this post...)

I used two four foot strands of Olive Drab 550 nylon paracord and one four foot strand of Desert Tan to complete this fob.