https://youtu.be/V5UTu1rhJAU this super fast and easy to make paracord storage bracelet (also handle), is a great way to carry cordage for everyday tasks OR emergency, survival situations. .
It has many of the same advantages over a typical, woven “survival” bracelet, including:
– It’s fast to make, under two minutes, once you know how. UPDATE August 2015: I demo that I can now make this in ONE MINUTE or less here:
But of course this takes practice, so don’t expect one-minute results on your first try.
– It’s SUPER fast to deploy, about 5 to 6 seconds, and that includes using the trick, auto untwisting method I demonstrate by itself in this 5 second video:
so you have untangled, untwisted, ready-to-go paracord immediately!
– Construction and deployment tools needed: just your hands. [No construction jig.]
– There’s no reluctance to use it for minor, NON-emergency use, since its deployment is quite rapid (often impressing onlookers), but more importantly, because you don’t dread the time and effort needed to reconstruct it later. [“Oh, no. Weaving!”] You’ll actually end up using it for spur-of-the-moment, everyday tasks, instead of JUST for emergencies.
– If gushing blood (where seconds count) you wont pass out or bleed to death, unweaving your survival bracelet before you can tie a makeshift tourniquet! [in lieu of anything better; experts shun thin cords and advise using wide straps, I’m told].
– You can make them with SOME degree of varying lengths of paracord, by using differing degrees of the coil compression trick (but don’t over stuff it if you want a clean, not bumpy design); you are not limited to a very specific length needed to properly fit your particular wrist size based on the particular weave pattern you are using.
– It deploys into one continuous length of paracord; it’s not made from two or more smaller ones woven together (found in some other designs), and even the fastening section is just paracord.
– It’s easy to construct (and easy to teach) in the field, just like my Parafob design.
– Unlike woven designs, the rapidly uncoiled paracord is straight, untwisted, and kink free thanks to my deployment trick. The stopper knot at the end can be untied quickly but often there’s no need to, depending on your application.
– Oh, and did I mention? NO TIME CONSUMING WEAVING/ UNWEAVING is necessary for this one either!
There must be millions of people who also make this very simple and basic design, or at least one that is awfully close, so I in no sense claim to have invented it, however I did come up with it on my own and thought a video tutorial about how to make it and deploy it would be useful for some. [The Ashley stopper knot fastener method I learned about from what the woven designs seem to often use, but any stopper knot will do.]
If you like the quick “thwap, thwap, thwap” sound as you deploy the rope using the finger twirl method, hold your finger close to a table, as I am in the video. The sound is the tip of the rope smacking against the table, once per rotation.
This design can also serve other applications, besides bracelet, such as a quickly detachable gear handle (after locking its fastener hole, like I show in the video, making it more secure).
Remember the handle is NOT for climbing, nor should it be used if its failure could result in bodily harm or property damage. Keep cords away from small children.
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Here’s my NEW, updated, 2015 Howto on this One-minute bracelet design:
The slo-mo of the twirled deployment and discussion on using this as a gear handle is omitted from the updated version, however.
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