You probably have heard of paracord survival bracelets. They hold paracord on your person, but nothing else. Now, there is a way to hold cord AND some survival tools on your person without stuffing your pockets. These necklaces hold about 9 feet of cord and hold a split ring to add other survival essentials. Let's get started.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
* 12 feet of 550 Paracord (You actually need more than what's in the finished product or you'll come up short)
I got mine at http://countycomm.com/550cord.htm. They have other cool military surplus items. Click the link in the upper left corner that says "Whats New" to see everything they have.
* Tiny split ring (1/4" should be good)
I got mine on ebay
* Larger split ring (What your tools will hang off of.)
* Hemostats or needle nose pliers(Not absolutely necessary, but it helps.)
* lighter or matches
I use the countycomm stainless peanut lighter at http://countycomm.com/sslight.htm.
* Mini firesteel or other 2" long, thin object
I got mine at http://firesteel.com/products/FireSteel-Mini.html. It's 2" by 3/20". $0.49 with $4.00 flat rate shipping or free shipping on orders $100,000 (I'm not kidding you, read the top of your cart)
I used the ones at http://countycomm.com/premiumshears.htm. They cut quite well.
Step 2: Measuring
Take your 12' long piece and fold it in half. Measure the length you got from the scrap cord from the fold point and pinch with your hemostats at that point. You cannot use needle nose pliers for this. If you don't have hemostats, you can tie a knot around that point with some thread tightly.
Step 3: Tying the Lanyard knot
Step 4: Construction of Cobra Stitch
Step 5: Tying the King Cobra Stitch
Step 6: Finishing the Knot Tying
Step 7: Attaching survival items
Step 8: (Optional) Safety Release
Start by cutting the center of the loop. On one end, melt the cord and quickly shape it to a point. This can be done by quickly running it between your fingers while it's still melted. It you do not squeeze it too hard, it shouldn't stick to your fingers. Do this quickly, or the cord will burn you.
On the other end, pull the core of the cord out of the sheath and cut back about an inch or two of inner strands. Let go, and the core should retract back into the sheath. If it doesn't, pull the sheath over it. There should now be a section of cord with no core. Insert the pointy end into this, and melt the loose strands together. While it's still melted, run it in your fingers so it sticks slightly to the pointed end. The ends should be fused together slightly, but not too much. It should be able to snap apart when tugged firmly.
I'm sorry, but my computer is suddenly having logoff hangs and also won't access any removable storage devices to add pictures. I'll add them as soon as the problem is fixed.
Step 9: Final Thoughts
This necklace will hold some, but not all survival essentials. Remember, when adding things to the split ring, shelter, water, fire,and food is needed in a survival situation.