Introduction: Altoids Paracord Kit

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There I was, I had just finished off the last Altoid in the tin. I had no idea what to do with it. I set it off to the side to work with my paracord, and it hit me. The Altoids Paracord Kit! Its a kit that has most everything you need to work with paracord. If you can think of anything else that could go into it, leave a comment, ill try to fit it in the tin.

Step 1: Contents

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Here are the contents of the kit.

1. Lighter

2. Measuring Tape

3. Swiss Army Knife

4. Buckle

5. Key ring

6. Ball Bearing

7. Paracord Fid

8. Paracord

I will tell about the purpose for the contents in the following steps.

Step 2: Lighter

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Meant for melting the paracord ends. A small Bic lighter will serve this purpose. Also, a windproof lighter about this size would be great.

Step 3: Measuring Tape

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I put this in to measure paracord accurately, so as not to waste it. It won't be able to measure anything over 4 feet at once, but that ability  has to be sacrificed so it can actually fit in the kit.

Step 4: Swiss Army Knife

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I put this in for its knife and tweezers. The knife for cutting the paracord, and the tweezers for threading the paracord.

Step 5: Buckle, Key Ring, and Ball Bearing

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The buckle is for bracelets, the key ring is for lanyards, and the ball bearing is for a monkeys fist. 

Step 6: Paracord Fid

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I put this in for more easy knot tying. I love turks head knots, and this makes tying them so much easier. Credit goes to MacGyver9 for the invention of these.

Step 7: Paracord

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I added this in for two reasons:  One, for something to tie knots with, and two, to fill up all extra space to prevent the rattling of other parts. There is no set length to put in, just as much as you can fit into the kit.

Step 8: Packing

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This is how i would recommend fitting it all in. It will take some cramming, but it should all fit in. Its a great little kit to keep in your pocket if you love to work with paracord, like me. For bigger projects, say, a bracelet, you will need to have more paracord with the kit. Wrapping it around the kit is a great solution. Also, all questions will be answered, and improvements are greatly appreciated.  


Carter Hildebrandt (author)2015-04-13

A fleet farm tape measure. do you live in wisconsin?

abkb (author)2014-01-28

love it but where can i get altoids thnks

Captain MacTavish (author)abkb2014-02-20

Walmart, gas stations (gas station usually cost $1.00 more), and of course ebay, you can find anything on ebay.

dmacdo1 (author)2012-01-14

Thanks for the great idea!! I just started paracording about a week ago & I put one together today & added some things that I use. Saves on having to chase everything down when I'm ready to start working!! I use the yarn needles until I can find the Perma Loks. (Don't think I can make my own) Def a time saver! Thanks a million!!
(I threw in a couple pics of my tin & first projects)

That One Eegit (author)dmacdo12012-01-19

Cool! Thanks for the pictures. Those are some really cool projects!

Mr.1911 (author)2012-01-10

I'm going to make one of these as soon as I get home. Really good idea.

That One Eegit (author)Mr.19112012-01-12

Thank you!

maincobra1509 (author)2011-11-27

i made one and i put more paracord lighter and a d ring and it can come in handy i got to use it twice thanks nice instrutinons.


jaberg (author)2011-10-23

Love the concept. I use a small "ditty bag" for my go-tools, but I have my eye on a tin now! I'd add a small pair of forceps -- useful for shielding the work while you burn a cut end as well as grabbing and pulling. I could see substituting a small box cutter or cuticle scissors for the SAK. Finally, a small tube of super glue is ideal for securing tips or turning the last 3" of small cord into an "insta-fid". (Not to mention as liquid band-aid when slice your finger open with the box cutter.)

ShannonFloyd (author)2011-09-20

I just asked my hubby to make this for me; I love working with paracord and can never find these items when I need them! Maybe add a D ring? Thanks for the great idea!

A D ring would be a great addition. Thanks for the feedback!

zazenergy (author)2011-09-13

Nice little kit you've got there!

That One Eegit (author)zazenergy2011-09-15

Thank You!

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