Firestarter Buckle Troubles

Discussion in 'Cord Types & Questions' started by motoed, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. motoed

    motoed New Member

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    We purchased the buckles on the right to make the bracelet on the left... trouble is. 550 paracord won't easily fit through the holes. It LOOKS like it would compress enough to get through them, but I'm a loss how to get them through the holes.

    Has anyone used anything like this?

    I've tried needles, tiny straight blade screw drivers and just can't make it work.
    There HAS to be a trick I don't know. WOuld love to hear some thoughts.
     

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  2. MrParacord

    MrParacord Moderator

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Looks like those holes are sized for the micro paracord.

    Did you try contacting the company you bought them from?

    1. You could try melting and rolling the tip of the paracord to a point then insert the point into the hole until it starts to protrude out the other side then use some needle nose pliers to grab and pull the paracord through the hole.

    2. Try method 1 but use gutted paracord.

    3. Use a piece of micro paracord (which can be bought at a couple craft stores). Thread it through the holes then knot the micro paracord into the 550 paracord.

    4. Contact the company and ask for a replacement order.
     

  3. TLCparacord

    TLCparacord New Member

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    I had the same problem when I would try to pass 2 cords through a single skull bead. All I did was expose about an inch of inner strands out of the end, snip them off and put them back in the outer casing. Once it's in the outer casing, you should (in theory) have an inch of empty casing at the end. This should be enough relief for your paracord to get through the hole and pull it through.
     
  4. MrParacord

    MrParacord Moderator

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    I guess the OP figured it out since they never got back on the forum.
     
  5. motoed

    motoed New Member

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    No... I actually haven't. I tired rolling a melted end. I had tried removing some of the inner nylon but then the end frayed and it seemed harder to fit through the holes.

    All sounded like good ideas but still struggling. I am going to try emailing the company.

    To wrap up one project I did use a thinner cord and knot it together but it felt "hacked together"
     
  6. Vin

    Vin Admin

    What I have done in the past is melt the tip of a strand until it literally catches fire. Blow it out and smash it down completely flat. Then, use an xacto and cut it at a 60 degree angle or so. The melted part will stay hard, but the part you cut will be soft. Should give you enough "spear" to get it through the hole to pull it out.

    Rolling never worked for me as you had to get it super hot and try to roll it quickly. This method allows you to just smash it quickly until it's ubber flat.

    :cheers2:
     
  7. MrParacord

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    You must have didn't melt the end long enough. You have to melt it until it becomes a molten glob then WARNING: VERY HOT roll the end between two pieces of scrap wood (if you can't stand using your fingers) until a nice thin point is formed.

    This method works every time for me.
    P.S. I just roll the melted end really quick between my fingers.
     
  8. Kurt

    Kurt New Member

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    How about running a drill bit through the hole and enlarging it to a more appropriate size ?


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  9. MrParacord

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    By doing that you can possibly cause a fire due to the sparks.

    To do what you said you would have to drill slowly and keep all flammable materials away. Plus have a fire extinguisher and/or some water close by.

    Use good judgment and extreme caution when cutting or drilling any ferrocerium rod (s).

    (I take no responsibility for any damages caused by modifying ferrocerium rods.)
     
  10. Kurt

    Kurt New Member

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    Duh.
    I should have thought of that before posting that note.
    Didn't mean to throw any dangerous ideas out there.
    I'll just tell my wife to dial 911 if I ever start that modification.
    :)



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  11. MrParacord

    MrParacord Moderator

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    Better safe than sorry.
     
  12. HardcoreSlot

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    meh, i grind ferro rods on a belt sander all the time! its great fun and quite a light show! Plus you see how good the rod really is, some will throw tons and tons of sparks, others less.
    just make sure you watch where the sparks go and dont do this over a bucket of gasoline, lol.
    as for your original problem you just need to burn and twist the ends into a point. like the guys said earlier. you can make a point on paracord the size of a toothpick if you really wanted to. a nice point will get you through that rod in no time. or you can use a smaller cord to fish the larger through.
     
  13. Kdawg3030

    Kdawg3030 New Member

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    I actually gut out a couple inches then rap them tight with scotch tape. I have a kryptec bracelet just like this one that I modified