Quick Release Paracord Holder





Introduction: Quick Release Paracord Holder

I've been doing a lot of work with paracord recently and came up with this tidy way of keeping it organised. It keeps it tidy and untangled and is really easy to unravel when needed. I would usually do it with about a meter of loose end from the main bundle but for demonstration purposes ive used red as it is more contrasting. Ive decided to call this technique "Bight Whipping" due to its similarity with other rope whipping i've seen around.

Step 1: Step 1

Start by laying one length of cord behind the coil then fold it back so theres a loop. Then pull the end closest to you and lay it over the rest of the coil (this should be the shortest one). Now pull the loop round and over the short end. This is the start of what i call "Bight Whipping"

Step 2: Step 2

Simply make a loop with the long loose end and pass it behind the coil and through the previous loop. As long as you do not thread it through it is pretty simple to repeat. To tighten the previous loop pull on the bottom of the loop, try and keep the loops tight as it keeps it neat and its more presentable.

Using loops like this means that when you come to undo it all you tug the loose end and it will come apart almost like a zip. Keep the loops going until you're happy with it and it holds the cord sufficiently.

Step 3: Step 3

When you're happy with it pull the loose end through the loop. Only do this once or it won't come undone properly.

Step 4: Step 4

Keeping the loops neat will make it look pretty tidy in the end. To undo it simply pull the loose end back through the loop and tug it. If you've done it properly then it will simply fall off as each loop tugs the next.

Step 5: Other Applications

This process is great for all kinds of cord, it can be used on a coil or a bundle. For example i did this with a role of camo cord that i keep handy in my bag. It keeps it tidy and stops it catching on anything. You do the exact same thing.

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    Hi. I really want to learn this, but I'm not getting it. Is there some where else with the steps more spelled out?


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    I'm unable to find a another tutorial, and there's some step I'm not getting. I even looked at Ashley's book of knots, and it was less helpful. Any suggestions?

    the start is a bit confusing but after that you just put a loop through another loop and tighten the previous one. hope this helped

    I like the term 'bight whipping'. I even keep my short hanks (lessthan 20 ft) wrapped up in this fashion. I learned it from Ashley's book of knots #3617 where its called 'loop hitching'.

    Instead of starting the knot with the loose end the way it is, you should use a starter loop such as an overhand loop, or archer's knot

    Picture 1 is the archer's loop, and #2 look at the right side of the cord, and that is an overhand loop.


    Not a bad way to add a wrap on knife handle, flashlight, walking stick or what have you for a quick access piece of cord.

    For anyone that's interested, this is an extension of this project


    This is a great way to keep cord bundles in check. And I feel like this cord keeping method could be used to make a more "quick release" survival bracelet for those times when you need rope fast and didn't think ahead to slowly unravel your cobra stitch.

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    https://www.instructables.com/id/RUP/ check this out. This is a similar principle but a bit more organised. Trying out a bracelet design with this in mind. But it gets chunky real quick, I think a belt might be a better way to go.

    I have tried something similar, it does make for a very round bracelet though. I'm looking at trying to put a thin piece of material into the middle of it in order to strengthen it into more of a webbing strap. Thanks for your input, advice is always useful and much appreciated.

    Cool, ill try this now... its better than keeping my chords in a heap on the floor :D

    good idea for keeping track of all of your paracord. nice weave


    I've given bundles of paracord and printed out instructables to many boy children as gifts in the past couple years; I wish I had seen this before as it is an attractive and practical way to present the cord. Thank you.

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    Please consider it a great gift for girls as well. I would have LOVED that as a gift when I was young. OK, I'd enjoy it now, at 40!

    im thinking of including this wrapping technique with the idea in this (https://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-Strap-Wrap) instructable to have (yes a lower capacity) quicker access to the paracord on my bag straps! great clean instructable by the way

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    I'm working on that very idea at the moment, incorporating it into a molle webbing pouch. Should have it on here by the end of the weekend so bare with me. Great minds think alike!

    Thats also one of my instructables you mentioned =P

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