Slide-n-Tie Survival Bracelet

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Introduction: Slide-n-Tie Survival Bracelet

About: The woods are my home...always.

 When I first started out making survival bracelets, I didn't have any side release clips. Eager to get started, I didn't wait to get any before I made one. This is what I came up with as a solution to my buckleless predicament.

Step 1: Materials

For making this bracelet you will need:

1. 9' - 10' of Paracord (dependent on your wrist size)
2. Carabineer
3. Scissors
4. Lighter

Optional:

1. Weight
2. Second carabineer

Step 2: Starting Your Bracelet

Find the middle of your Paracord. Then put the looped end through a carabineer (preferably a small one). Measure your wrist with the loop, making it the size you need (remember, it has to be slightly bigger than your wrist so it won't be too tight once it's finished).

Step 3: First Knots

Start with the survival bracelet classic Cobra Knot. Right cord goes behind the core loop, and in front of left cord.
Left cord goes through the small loop the right cord made. Tighten until snug. Repeat the Cobra Knot, but doing it inverted. Tighten. Flip bracelet over.

Step 4: Optional

Optional: Hang the bracelet by the carabineer, back still facing you, on a nail within easy working height. Weight core loop using second carabineer and a modest weight (just heavy enough to be able to pull up on the cords without the bracelet moving).

Step 5:

Then repeat the Cobra Knot, alternating every time until the bracelet is finished.
Make sure the core loop is turned sideward towards the end of the bracelet so the two end cords can go through it without twist. The easiest way to achieve this is to turn the weight carabineer until it is flat against the wall or turning the weight itself.

Disconnect the weight and carabineer. Feed the right cord through the small loop and pull tight. Flip bracelet over and do the same with the left. This finishes off the one end without the use of bulgy knots.

Notice the cords look like they continue the pattern of the bracelet until they go into the end loop.

Step 6: Finishing Your Bracelet

Remove the small carabineer, and thread the two cords through their opposite loops. Tie a knot at the end of each cord at a length that allows you to slip the bracelet over your hand and have enough room for you to tie it. Cut off extra cord and burn ends.

You now have your finished bracelet. Just slip it on, slide-n-tie it and show it off!

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agbear58 The ends of the paracord need to be burned to keep them from fraying. You can use matches if you have them.

Yes, you can make a keychain with 3-4' of cord.

how do you do the cobra knot? I don't understand it.

I have less then 5 feet of paracord- can I make a keychain using 3-4'?

I bought it at one of my local surplus stores. It's 7 Strand 550 Parachute Cord made by Atwood Rope MFG. The color is called Aquatica. You may have a dealer near you or you can buy it online on their website (www.atwoodrope.net), $10.99 for 100 feet. I would suggest finding a dealer in your area because it's likely to be cheaper.

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Did you know the youtuber Roman atwood's Family actually make that rope and for a while before roman was a youtuber he worked in the factory that produced that rope:)

I found one similar to that at Brigadoon Army Surplus In OKC and another similar one at a Hobby Lobby. Thanks!

Since you did put "survival" in the title of this, it would be nice if you could add steps that show how it would be used, as opposed to just worn as a decoration.

Specifically, if you needed to unravel this back to plain cord, can you show us what steps to follow?

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I too am a little baffled by the infatuation with paracord. Seriously, how is this cord any better in a 'survival' situation than other cord, a knife, or a book of matches?

Someone please educate me!

the reason why everyone talks about paracord in a survival situation is because if youre out in nature anywhere, cordage is worth its weight in gold. you can use it for everything from holding shelter together to carrying things to making snares or other traps and even to stitch wounds. the reason why PARACORD specifically is so special is because its different than regular rope. where rope is twisted into one strand, paracord is actually hundreds of individual threads covered in a woven outer rope, so if need be you can actually pull the treads OUT of the outer woven piece which gives you the possibility of multiplying your cordage many fold. and since cordage=gold you get much more bang for your buck with paracord

Instead of that (tying and stitching and fixing and stuff), paracord can actually be used as a saw to cut not so hard materials... My instructor told me to use as shoelaces so that you can cut zip ties or other ropes when you are tied up when kidnapped or something. It seriously worked well because the number if plates and layers on the outside wrapping made it coarse or strong enough to cut. You çan use it to start a fire too with tje bow and string method.

I might also point out that para in paracord is short for parachute. Paracord is actually used as the cord on parachutes. Therefore, it must be very strong.

Well, I think there is value to a paracord bracelet. Clearly it doesn't do what a knife or matches do, but most backpackers or mountain climbers with significant experience carry a length of paracord for emergencies, whether it is for securing a splint, constructing a litter, or even as a tourniquet.

And in an emergency, cord that is tangled and knotted lying somewhere deep in a pack isn't all that handy — having it right their on one's wrist obviously is. (I'm sure Aron Ralston would have appreciated one.)

But it only helps if it can very quickly and easily be unraveled into a useful length of still-strong cord. Some bracelet-making techniques involve knots that can't be easily undone. Another uses two cords, which makes the bracelet prettier but reduces its utility in emergencies.

if you need steps to unfavel the bracelet back to a cord. just start at the end and go backwards...

The reason I ask the instructor for a clear presentation of this is because I dearly hope you're wrong: if one needs to spend as much time unravelling this as one did creating it, then it is useless in an emergency.

I suspect this is one of the designs that lets you pull through the original loop — the one that was hanging from the hook — and all the knots just fall apart. That would give you back usable cord within a matter of a minute. But I haven't yet created one, and my topological sense isn't good enough to see whether those "cobra knots" are the good ones.

I know I've seen designs in backpacking forums that are criticized for being as time-consuming to unravel as they are to create; I hope this isn't one.

The author is not the one that came up with the name. "Survival Bracelet" is just what everybody calls it. This is because when you unravel it you get about 6 feet of cord and it can go around your wrist for a cool bracelet.

Also, in a lot of survival situations you wouldn't need the cord unraveled instantly anyway. Plus, it is better than nothing anyway. And it doesn't take as long to unravel as it does to make.

One last thing. The survival bracelet is always created with the cobra knot, otherwise it isn't a survival bracelet.

I disagree with the comment about cobra knot being the only survival bracelet, I class it as anything that can be easily unravelled to get back the original length.

I personally prefer the sinnet braid version (https://www.instructables.com/id/Survival-Bracelet-II/) as once the end knot is unpicked it can be just pulled apart. I admit it's not as nice looking as the cobra weave but much more useful in an emergency situation.

Ok, I see what you are saying. The reason I said "the survival bracelet is always created with the cobra knot" is because bracelets made this way are almost always called "Survival bracelets". There are also commonly called "Survival bracelets" or "Cobra bracelets". Thank you for your input!

The core loop CAN be pulled out. But pulling the core loop out is impossible to do with your fingers so using a stick to loosen the two loops makes it better. However, with the Cobra Knot once the center is gone, the knots are still tied. You have to undo all of them, which is where your handy stick comes in again. Hope this has helped you and everyone.

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