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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Paracord How To: QD Blaze Bar Bracelet

The QD (Quick Deploy) Blaze Bar is a bracelet weave that easily comes apart allowing you to use the cord, as well as looking really attractive.

A rather unique pattern, the Blaze Bar is a great addition to your paracord bracelet list. This bracelet was made using Blaze Orange Camo and Olive Drab Paracord made by E.L. Wood Braiding Company.

To weave this bracelet, you will need: 550 Paracord, Ruler, Scissors, Lighter, 5mm Metal Shackle, Paracord Jig (optional), Paracord Needles (optional)

As always, first you sill need to measure your wrist size, including the length of the buckle in your measurement. Be sure to include a little bit of extra cord for comfort. A jig is really handy because it includes a built-in ruler, making bracelet measurement very simple.

Here is a quick resource for finding out how much cord you need per inch of bracelet.

The two lengths of paracord were fused using the Manny Method, which is the best way that we know of to fuse two lengths of paracord very strongly.

Here is the basic weave that was used for the QD Blaze Bar.

After you are done, it is time to cut and melt to ends. A torch lighter melts the ends very cleanly.

The bracelet is finished. It really didn't take that long and the end product is very impressive.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Fusing Paracord Part II: The Multi-Manny Method

Continuing along with our video of Possibly the Best Way to Fuse Paracord: The Manny Method, we wanted to show you how to connect three or more strands of 550 Paracord together.

This method was popularized by Manual Zembrano on the Parachute Cord Crafters Facebook group.

You will need three strands of paracord, one or two paracord needles, a pair of scissors and a lighter.

For an explanation on how to join two strands of paracord, read our blog post on the Manny Method.

Once your first two strands are joined, cut an end off of the third strand of paracord that you will be joining. Then, pull out about 1-2 inches of internal strands. Cut these strands and pull the color sheath back over the internal strands of paracord.

Lightly singe the end of paracord after shaping it with the paracord needle.

Then, grab the needle attached to the two strands joined earlier and pierce the color sheath going through the opening of the third strand of paracord.

Attach a needle onto the third strand of paracord and pierce the sheath of the paracord that you just pull through the third strand.

If you did everything correctly, you should now have a very strong joint between these two pieces of paracord. If this post sounded confusing, please watch the video and you'll be joining separate strands of paracord in no time!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Versatile Rifle/Shotgun Sling - Crosstac Ambi Sling

The Crosstac Ambi Sling is one of the most versatile and functional rifle/shotgun slings on the market.

I have been using the Ambi Sling for a number of years now and have nothing but good things to say about them. In fact, I liked these sling so much that I wanted to offer them to you at

Part of what makes this sling so functional is a large section of bungee material incorporated right into the sling. This allows the length of the sling to change dynamically, and also acts as a shock absorber when running with the rifle, to keep it from digging into your shoulder/neck.

The Ambi Sling also has a quick detach option, with an integrated buckle that is easily disconnected if the sling should ever need to be removed quickly.

The Ambi Sling can function as both a two-point and a single-point sling. Personally I like to use it as a two-point, since it offers the most comfort for me.

Not only does the sling work well on AR-15 type rifles, but also on AK rifles. In fact, this sling would work well on a number of rifles/shotguns.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paracord How To: Shark Jawbone Bracelet

A very attractive and surprisingly simple paracord weave is the Shark Jawbone. In the video above, you can learn to make such a bracelet in no time!

This bracelet was woven using 550 Paracord, but it can also be make using Type I Paracord or 425 Tactical Cord.

The Shark Jawbone pattern has a stylish unique style that would look great as part of your paracord crafts.

To make this bracelet, you will need: Ruler, Scissors, Lighter, 1/2" Buckle, Paracord, Jig (optional), Needlenose Pliers (optional)

First, you will need to measure your wrist size. Don't forget to include the length of the buckle, when figuring out the length of your bracelet?

This bracelet is most easily woven on a Paracord Jig. If you don't have one, we sell a whole variety of Paracord Jigs & Accessories.

This is the basic weave of the Shark Jawbone.

After you're done weaving the bracelet, it's time to snip the ends.

Once the ends are snipped, they need to be singed. The blue part of the lighter is best for melting the paracord.

And you're done. It's that simple. Now you can make a Shark Jawbone Bracelet and impress all of your friends.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Possibly the Best Way to Fuse Paracord: The Manny Method

Perhaps the best way to fuse two pieces of 550 Paracord is a technique known as the Manny Method. This is a method invented by Manuel Zembrano on the Parachute Cord Crafters Facebook group.

You will need one or two paracord needles, two pieces of paracord, a pair of scissors, and a lighter.

First, cut the end of the paracord and pull out about 1-2 inches from the internal strands. Cut these strands, and pull the colored sheath back out. Do this for both pieces of paracord.

Then, lightly singe the frayed ends of the paracord.

Take the needle of one of the strands and pierce the colored sheath of the other strands of paracord. Pull it through the opening.

Then, do the same with the other strand of cord.

If you did this correctly, you should have a fusion that looks like this. Pull this tight, and your cord will be very secure, ready for any paracord project that you will be starting.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Functional First Aid Kit - AMK First Aid 1.0

One of the best first aid kits that I've found for everyday injuries is the First Aid 1.0 Kit by Adventure Medical Kits.

This portable (and affordable) first aid kit has most of the essentials for the injuries that you are likely to come across when on an adventure. If there's anything that it doesn't have, then there's even room for adding extra supplies, so that you can be ready when you need it!

Everything in the kit is organized into two main pockets, which have clear plastic panels to allow you to see inside them.

There's even a survival whistle and compass, should you ever get lost; a great addition!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Exceptionally Strong EDC Knife - Cold Steel Voyager

The Cold Steel Voyager comes in three sizes, each with 3 different blade shapes to suit your fancy.

The size that fits my large hand the best is the large version of the Voyager.

The Voyager is an incredible value, when you realize how incredibly strong of a folding knife it really is. The incorporated Tri-Ad Lock, a Cold Steel patent, is perhaps the strongest folding lock design ever made.

Perhaps the most impressive version of the Voyager is the Extra Large.

In case you were wondering how to carry this huge knife, it fits very well in a medium-size pocket. Clipped in a pocket, it looks like any other folding pocket knife.

If any of you have any experience with the Cold Steel Voyager series of knives, let us know in the comments below!

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