Projects with Gutted Paracord

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    By now we\'re all pretty well aware that paracord comes with interior twine. That twine has a 50lb tensile strength per strand and can be quite useful as a part of paracord overall or can serve its own individual purpose. Many of us prefer to keep that twine intact so it will be there if/when the day comes that we need it. Removing it, however, changes the appearance of tied paracord quite dramatically, and is sometimes done to create paracord crafts with a different look. You do not have to throw the twine away if you decide to make something without it; you can easily preserve it in your pack for an occasion that may call for its use without affecting its form or function.

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    Since paracord fobs are often small and do not carry a lot of cord, they are often one of the more experimental paracord crafts. If you make a fob with so little cord that you are reluctant to believe it will ever truly save you, by all means feel free to experiment with the project at hand. If you want something that will lay flat and take up less room in your pocket or on your key ring, gutting the paracord and removing twine can give you that. Just grab the twine from one end of the paracord and pull gently until the twine comes free. Be careful, however, that the twine isn\'t burned into the other end; if this is the case, break the twine free before pulling or else you could end up with some inside-out paracord. Worse yet is if your paracord is partially inside out when the twine breaks free of the burn--then you will have a mess to fix.

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    For bracelets, you will have to exercise a little more caution when pulling the twine through since it will have so much further to go. This is easiest if you keep all of the twine ends together in a bunch so you can neatly tie the twine in a bundle for later use. Once the twine is removed, just tie yourself a bracelet like you ordinarily would.

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    Why remove the twine in the first place? If you suspect you will run into a scenario in which you will need twine but do not want to pry apart your bracelet, simply do not make a bracelet with twine in it. Twine is slick, smooth, and often a little bit crimped in texture, so prepare to take extra care to bundle it for storage without knotting it up. Paracord bracelets made without twine have a distinctly different appearance than those with twine, but it is a good look all the same. It will look flatter and kind of layer more upon itself than paracord with twine, which tends to tie beside itself without overlap. Give it a try and you might like it. Paracord is a practical survival tool, but sometimes you have to embrace what looks good, too.

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