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 I work in Iraq, for a company who contracts from the US Military. We have shortages on many things here that the folks back home take for granted, like cold beer or comfortable beds. However, we do have plenty of water bottles, paracord, and sand.
 I was always carrying a water bottle around in my hand, until I started making paracord bracelets, thanks to Stormdrane's instructable on that subject. That got my creative juices flowing, and I came up with this solution.  

  Thanks Sergeant Nowlin! Vote for this instructable, I'm going to give the Leatherman to the Sergeant. I already have two. They're great tools! 

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Step 1: Supplies

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You'll need about 4 foot of paracord, depending on your height. A measuring tape, scissors and a lighter.

Step 2: A cinch knot

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The cinch knot, I call it a modified Hangman's knot. The first step is to make an “S” with one end of the cord. You need the loop about 3 inches and the loose end about 4 inches past the end of the loop.

Step 3: Starting the knot

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 Next, pinch the “S” at the top and leave an eye on the cord of the loose end.

Step 4: Step 3: Finish the knot

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A. Start a wrap with the loose end over the other 2 cords. Keep it snug against your thumb and 
 B. Wrap the cord around the loop, keeping it snug against your thumb.

 C. Wrap it around the loop at least 3 times, keeping the wraps snug.

 D. Next put the loose end into the top loop, pull it snug, and hold it with the index 
      finger. (I'm lacking a photo here, I needed a third hand to hold the camera).

 E. While holding the 3 wraps and the loose end in the eye, pull the bottom line
     of the big loop. Then snug up the end sticking out of the loop, and tighten the 
      bottom cord again. Not too tight or it wont slide.

ghostrider25 years ago
did he get promoted recently? im pretty sure that is only a specialist.
Yeah, thats a Specialist. I was in Army basic training Fall/Winter 2010/2011. A number of my friends were Specialists.
pacowarabi5 years ago
Very ingenious!  There's another method that's been around for hundreds of years called the jug knot, bottle knot, or bottle sling.

It sure can't beat coming up with a new knot on your own, though!

I came here to recommend the jug knot. It isn't a simple 2 second knot but it works better than any other knot and it is worth it to learn.
mysss xirekaj5 years ago
On second thought, scratch "somewhat wanting." The jug knot is horrible to remove, at least as tightly as I tie it (I usually end up tying it in spare length of shoelace I carry for knot-tying purposes, which I obviously want to recover each time I use it, so I end up untying any knot I learn).
mysss xirekaj5 years ago
I would suggest that knot, but I think the point of this method is that it's removable and easily reusable, two areas in which the jug knot is somewhat wanting. On that note, using less wrapping turns will make the knot easier to adjust or remove from a bottle. In fact, I've had good results (as an adjustment for the length of a sling for a plastic Nerf gun) with just a double overhand knot, which stays in place surprisingly well when tied nice and tight. [I know, I know, someone using a Nerf gun is not very credible. But this isn't about that! ; ) ]
mysss5 years ago
Yeah, generally speaking this is a hangman's noose. : )
nazculi5 years ago
Very helpful, thanks = )
garside5 years ago
 I like your design for the sinch knot, though I think you would also be able to use a bowline knot for the same effect ( just as strong and easy to tie over and over again), for other ideas on the shoulder strap check out SFHandyman's page on fingerloop weaving ( you would need to attach it as a separate piece) the five strand flat braid is pleasing to the eye and very strong. He has been an inspiration to me for many different projects over the last few months. Enjoy and great instructable!!!
rhaubejoi5 years ago
Very clever
rhaubejoi5 years ago

4 feet of paracord works for what height person?  I am 5'6''.  Would I need more, or less?

How does that work when you are workin for a company who contracts from the US Military?
C. Wheeler (author) 5 years ago
Thanks, but I didn't come up with it. It's in Ashley's book of knots. It's called an Ichabod knot. It's a noose knot. I use it a lot because you can loosen it and reuse it for as long as the rope lasts. I travel between Bases and lash things onto my backpack with it.
    I like the bottle knot, that's very cool! Thanks for sharing!