Paracord short for Parachute Cord is a lightweight nylon rope used during World War II for yeah you guessed it parachute suspension lines. Today paracord is used widely through out all branches of the military and civilian use. The Mil spec paracord has six different grades ranging in strength from 95lb to 750lb. I use Type-III which has a minimum breaking strength of 550lbs. although I have personally tested it up to 1,000lbs. It consists of a sheath that contains seven two strand yarns. One of the nifty things about this rope is that it can be easily gutted of its inner yarns for more delicate jobs like sewing. The cord when gutted of the core yarns is considered Type-IIa which becomes much less elastic (good or bad thing depends) and retains a breaking strength of 225lbs.
OK so I use this stuff for everything $7 for 100' is hard to beat.
Things needed for this:
A tool to wrap
Paracord don't be intimidated by buying 100 feet you will use it ;)
Sharp knife or scissors
Lighter or Soldering Iron
Something to hold your tool firmly in place
This project was done at the community workshop in Portland, OR !Shop People! Paracord was purchased across the street at Andy and Bax.
Step 1: Set Up
Cutting the right amount of cord for a new project is a guessing game that I have become good at . I have no calculation just leave more than you think you'll need and cut off the excess later. To give you an idea this axe handle was nine inches long one inch deep and one quarter inch thick. I started with 20ft and ended up cutting off about two ft.