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I first saw these bracelets here on instructables and thought that they were absolutely awesome - so I decided to make one myself. The first one I tried to make was the Paracord bracelet with a side release buckle. But it never turned out the right length so I made it differently.
Then I thought that some fishing line in it would make the bracelet even more useful in a survival situation. So I knotted a bit and made an instructable out of it to help people makeing a survival bracelet themself.

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Step 1: Things you'll need

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- about 25 feet of paracord (depending on how thick your wrist is)
- a lighter
- scissors
- about 15 feet of fishing line (depending on how you knot it or how often you wrap it around)

Step 2: Measuring your wrist

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Take one end of the paracord and mesure your wrist by winding it around. Then take this length three times and cut it off. Melt the cut edges with a lighter to get them nice and smooth.

Step 3: Making the central loop

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Take the cut-off piece and knot the ends together to get a big loop. Put it around your wrist to see if it fits. It should not be rather loose because otherwise it won't fit later on. It's easy to shorten it, but you would have to untie the whole thing when it's too tight.

Step 4: Starting to knot

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Now you can start knotting the bracelet. Take the big loop you made in the previous step and lay it down in front of you with the knot facing in your direction. Now take the rest of the paracord and loop it around the shorter bit. The ends of the long piece should be the same length. Make a overhand knot to keep the string in place.

Halphinian1 year ago

You know that inside the paracord itself is some small line that can easily be used as fishing line

guy-man2 years ago
I do not comment much, but i first got on instructables when i was about 8 and thought, and still think that it is a place for people like me who love to explore and build things. So I, now 13, would like to thank you for such a quality 'ible. I have made many great things thanks to this website, and you sir, are now another reason i love this place, thank you

jrv4112 years ago
Definitely a great idea, I do strongly recommend using braided line in place of monofilament. Mono has a memory factor that might prove more cumbersome in a survival situation. Braided line has minimal to no memory and is also available in different colors if only being worn for aesthetics, which is cool too. Here's a link to my mod that was recently featured on instructables home page.
jrv4112 years ago
This is an awesome mod to the existing paracord bracelet braid, I have to admit that I used part of your idea but I wrapped (looped) the fish line around the central cord. It's not visible but I know it's there when I need it. I used braided fish line in the same color as my bracelet (OD green) so it's even less visible. It did make for a more rigid bracelet, which I kinda like, but definitely the lazy way of doing it. Thanks for sharing.
nazgod3 years ago
I would add a piece of strong wire just under width of your hand (so it doesn;t effect you when wearing it).

Its useful for hooks, joiners, a spark in some situations or stuff like that.

As for using spider wire, braid will deteriate a lot more over time as compared to sun protected mono. But you could add braid as well, have a whole fishing setup with mono leader and braid main line hahaha
alevy33 years ago
gut the center 550 cord, and replace with fishing line, make the center piece about 36-48" long, makes a wide braelete, but theres your line, hooks? your on your own.
zombie12123 years ago
What type of paracord do u use, is it 550?
tevers944 years ago
When i first looked at this i questioned why it was called "Survival bracelet with fishing line",  i expected it to be all fishing line.  Then i saw it and realized, that is a great idea.  Some sites recommend using the inner strands as fishing line, but they are really too thick.  This is a great way to solve that problem without changing the bracelet's looks.  Thanks for the great post.
Lay a piece of duct tape sticky side up. Lay your fish hooks and small lead weights long-ways along one edge. Fold the tape over and create a strip with your hooks and weights inside. Place this with your filler cords when making your survival bracelet. Now with the fish line inter-woven into your cobra weave bracelet, you now have a complete fishing kit.
good idea
Good idea, very useful instructable.
triumphman3 years ago
Nice colors. Look like Hellboy Jewelery!
Wouldnt fishing line ( replacing the usual inner strands ) lessin the amount of weight the overall paracord line would hold up?
hickman3 years ago
The problem I see with "knotting" the line, is that everywhere there is or has been a knot in monofilament, the strength of the line is compromised. In fact, a knot IS a weak point. If the monofil could somehow be incorporated into the weave or even encased in the weave, it would be a better solution for a true survival bracelet. You certainly don't want to *need* your survival kit, only to realize some of it is damaged.

None the less, this is an excellent idea! Thanks for the instructable

karossii4 years ago
just curious here... what is the point of the fishing line in this bracelet?
The point of a survival bracelet is to give you a length (10-15' , it depends on wrist size and bracelet style) of high strength paracord in a situation where you need it (survival), useful for, making a bow, making a sling (don't hunt with these if you haven't practiced before, hard to use effectively), making a splint (broken bones are bad), whatever. But this (ingenious) design incorperates fishing line with the para cord, now you have the cord, and some fishing line you can use for, fishing and some types of traps.
but it's all knotted up.
it's fairly easy to untie it, maybe just 10 minutes to unwind it. 10 minutes to unwind might be what makes you survive for the rest of your life.

note on the sling though, it probably takes 2 hours just to learn to make a good strong throw towards the right direction, and several months to learn to hunt effectively. not a good weapon for on the go survival, i recommend a bow which is at least directional.
 Fishing line is always useful, just like paracord.
finfan74 years ago
I made one with some larger rope. It turned out OK. That's a 8.5x11 paper for scale.
kibukun finfan74 years ago
lol, that's more like a belt! on second thought... that's not a bad idea!
joseph554 years ago
It's great !I like it so much! I 'll try this one ,But ,Is this thing could be without the fishline?
shooternash4 years ago
How do you keep it from twisting?
if it's twisting either you had a twisty start loop or you didn't switch the left right on each knot.
seti6equj54 years ago
Awesome idea! Could do it with 2 ply of B-50 Bow String too...around 8 bucks for 1075 ft spool of Brownell B50 Bow String (Dacron) Flemish 2 Ply Bow Strings: 40 - 50 lb bows require 6 strands per ply, 2 ply 50 - 70 lb bows require 7 strands per ply, 2 ply Note: 2 different color ply should be used to make it easier to follow when you make the Bow String and just serve the string with a left over strand or 2
Stormdrane4 years ago
Nice instructable, thanks for sharing!

Another option for the fishing line might be to put the line, along with a couple of small fish hooks, and possibly a few small lead fishing weights in a sandwich baggie, rolled up into a long thin length with the contents spread out, then placed over the bracelet's core strands to be knotted over. 

You should figure out  how wide the knots will be over the fishing kit, and make all the knots the same size from one end to the other for consistancy.  You still have all your paracord and it may keep the the fishing line from being damaged/nicked as it might be on the outside of the bracelet, minus all the kinks in the line as well...
blacky94 (author)  Stormdrane4 years ago
Awesome idea, thanks! I think I have to try this when I finally find some time...
I already thought of fishing hooks but couldn't think of something to attach them. I didn't have much time as well because of the contest, but your idea is really great, thanks.
The Wife wants me to make one of these for her. She majored in outdoor recreation and camping in college and loves survival stuff.
graverubber4 years ago
 The thing is, with paracord you have built in fishing line. Thats one of the amazing abilities of all those strands in the middle. Am I right?
blacky94 (author)  graverubber4 years ago
Well, actually I haven't thought of that before, but yes, you are right. But you can't use the paracord again when you pull out the strings in the middle, right? I mean that you won't have as much paracord left when you cut off a piece and pull out the strands and that might be a problem someday. Probably you won't ever need 25 feet, but who knows?
I still think that it's better to have too much than too less, the fishing line is not heavy, needs nearly no space and is easy to attach.
I just think that it's not a big deal attaching it and that it may be useful someday..
blacky94 (author) 4 years ago
I'm glad you like it!
You could use SpiderWire, it would match better and is stronger, Good job and great idea.