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Old 05-22-2011, 10:21 AM
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Default Best paracord survival bracelet? -firesteel, tinder, scraper and sling



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If you have ever seen some of my paracord work, you’ll recognize that I always seek to be innovative and unique. I rarely do paracord “survival bracelets” because I find most of them boring to make and typically lacking any real utilitarian value. Sure with some effort on the most common bracelets, you could untie it and get 10’-12’ of paracord. If someone wandered away from camp and got lost with empty pockets, the clothes on their back and their paracord bracelet, they could use the cordage to save valuable time in rigging a shelter. What about fire? Do you think the average person is realistically going to use the paracord to make a bow drill fire?
In the spirit of Paracordist innovation, I’ve been thinking about making a truly unique AND useful bracelet for some time now. How could I integrate firesteel, scraper and tinder? What about I.D. and/or critical medical information that could make the difference between life and death? How can I get more cord in a typical bracelet yet make it easy to untie? How can I do this and make it attractive, comfortable, renewable, affordable and suitable for everyday wear? Well here it is, I think I’ve done all that and more!



  • Bracelet weave uses about 25% more cord than a cobra stitch of the same length (unless of course you use cobra back and forth until you have an absurd thick and uncomfy bracelet)
  • Single cord construction, easily unravel
  • 3/8" diameter firesteel cut to 1" acts as button for loop closure
  • I.D. plate is made by my friend Bucketosudz from Artisan Attributes, specifically for this creation. Plate has square ground edges which double as effective scraper for the fireseel.
  • I.D. plate can be engraved or decorated. I'm thinking I.D. info or critical medical info.
  • Single or double thread of jute runs through top of bracelet (8"-16") it is only on top so not uncomfy to the wrist. Removable for tinder.

BONUS: Finally, seeing the finished prototype I realize it can be used as a rock sling. The bracelet is 1" wide, so not a typical sling pocket but it will work with carefully selected rocks. I have to test this. I'll let you know how it works out!
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Outstanding work, very impressive. Something to consider. How about replacing the metal plate with a length of hacksaw blade?
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Outstanding work, very impressive. Something to consider. How about replacing the metal plate with a length of hacksaw blade?
That would be a great idea.

Or if you really want to 'upgrade' you could get a ESEE Knives Emergency Escape Titanium blade and place it there.

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Might be a bit 'salty' for some, but still an option.
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Outstanding work, very impressive. Something to consider. How about replacing the metal plate with a length of hacksaw blade?
Thought about that. However it's not right for the everyday look I'm after
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Great ideas for innovation! I was thinking about how to put in some firesteel and never came up with a good idea like you have. The only thing Id change if it was for me would be a small blade instead of the ID tag, but thats personal choice. I like dual purpose things, so something that cuts and scraps your firesteel, is win win.

I tried some pretty silly ideas for 'survival' wearables... some were so odd I never shared. I tried to take one of those space blankets and fold it long and thin, and use that for the core of a paracord belt. The idea was, most people wouldn't know how to make fire, but they could at least cover up if the had that... anyway.. didnt work. Your idea is much more practical. Good work.

My current passion is kydex, im working on an ultralight survival neck knife that has a few extra goodies.

Cheers and keep up the good work, putting survival into a survival bracelet.
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man u should put that on ebay i would buy one in a heart beat and I bet all my camp hunt buddies would be all over it
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+1 on that. Awsome job!! You should def sell these!!!
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Oh i forgot to mention before.. you have to do a vid of you using it to make a fire... good sales video I would think. Show how the weave is quick to unravel, how to use tinder etc...

Also.. you could snake that tinder cord inside a gutted 550 cord so it keeps the overall 550 look. Just tie it to one of the inner strands and pull it on through.

Cheers!
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Thought about that. However it's not right for the everyday look I'm after
Are these going to be for sale?
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Ya I want to buy one!
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Thanks for all kind comments. I thought a lot about this before deciding to finally make a working version. This prototype is almost but not quite ready for prime time. Here are some of my thoughts and things I'm still testing.
1. I'm wearing this edc including while doing yardwork - I want to test the strength of the burned end retention on the toggle. Will it withstain or do I need a knot? I hope not to knot as it will add bulk.
2. The plate may need another iteration. I think rounder corners to start. maybe a bit more curve also.
3. Plate fastening: will jute wear and break too soon at plate edge?
4. If u have no knife can u get the scraper and jute off?
5. Test sling use and connections
6. Do a video!

As far as questions asking if this is for sale, first and foremost, I seek to exchange ideas and appreciate the input and criticism of this group of like-minded people! If you see most of my posts, I make how-to and DIY videos for just about all of my innovative creations. For folks who'd just rather spend their time on other pursuits but like my work, I do make and sell. Google my username sometime. My website will come up first.
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I like it! Good job.
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Here it is without the scraper. Checkout the baby spear fishing on the food jar LOL.


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here is the schematic for those wondering!

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as soon as u have it for sale Im all over it I appreciate the instructions but Im as dense as a rock when it comes to knots.
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Here's a suggestion: To keep the jute from wearing through where it enters the hole of the ID/Scrapper plate use a small Rubber Grommet.
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Paracordist, your product is amazing. that's a great idea.
I also agree with the cutting blade idea suggested by Oldwarrior.
The jute twine can be easily cut with a sharp rock edge to release the blade. then the wearer can use the blade to cut lengths of paracord for various uses.
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That would be a great idea.

Or if you really want to 'upgrade' you could get a ESEE Knives Emergency Escape Titanium blade and place it there.

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Might be a bit 'salty' for some, but still an option.
Problem is that it's a bit longer than 1.5" and it's flat. It'll stick up at edges. It'll snag sleeves, clothes, and cut skin. If corners were rounded and it were contoured to the wrist then it would work well.
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3. Plate fastening: will jute wear and break too soon at plate edge?
4. If u have no knife can u get the scraper and jute off?
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3. If you use a steel split ring - or other type ring connector - to attach the cord to the plate, and wrap the cord 2x through the ring before knotting it, it might cut down on the wear.

4. Would it be possible to affix a small blade on the back of the plate somehow?

I really like your design and would be one of the ones to buy it, if you ever decide to sell them.
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Ok i've seen this allot. what's the purpose of these survival bracelets? I'm very interested
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