Introduction: How I Singe My Paracord Ends

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When I first started using  Paracord I had a hard time not burning my ends to a black crisp.  I decided to try a windproof butane lighter and to my surprise it left nicer singed end with no black marks on my cord.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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First off gather all the materials you need. 

To cut I prefer side cutters over knives or scissors for the nice clean cut they give.  

Windproof lighters can be found at almost any corner store,  the one I have was purchased at the dollar store and is refillable.

A piece of paracord

Step 2: Trimming the Cord

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Once your piece is finished cut excess cord as close as possible.  Try and make sure the inner cores are even with the outer sheath otherwise they will just melt or burn and make a mess.

Step 3: Burning the Ends

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During the heating of the cut ends make sure to keep the lighter or cord moving. 


This part requires caution as you need some way to push the cord down to lock the melted fibers into the un-melted ones,  I personally use my thumbs as they are very calloused from work but for most people I would suggest using the side of the lighter or another flat object.

As you can see in the picture the area around the burn marks show no sign of blacking from the lighter.

Hope this helps


rimar2000 (author)2011-03-06

I wet my fingers with water or saliva before pressing the molten end. That is usually enough to prevent the molten nylon burning my skin.

JosiahK (author)rimar20002014-08-02

I just dip the end in water. No burns so far.

The Dalai Farmer (author)2014-08-01

So, we have a shopping list, instructions on cutting ends and the final result. How nice it would have been if you'd shown me HOW to fuse the ends! Don't worry, I'll work it out myself . . .

gman47 (author)2014-07-02

I know too

sir-zeke (author)2012-08-28

It's called fusing.

hjjusa (author)2011-07-17

I cut mine with an old butter knife that I heat up

kenwilson (author)hjjusa2012-08-06

Makes sense as it sounds like a DIY version of the electric rope cutters used to cut and seal synthetic rope. I'm curious to see how this leaves the ends...any pictures? How do you heat the knife and how hot does it need to be? Cheers

joey99 (author)2011-09-10

i would know how much it hurts

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