I'm often asked how I neatly finish some paracord projects where I've flattened and crimped the ends of the strands. This short video tutorial shows how I sometimes finish ends, by removing about 1/4" of the inner strands, and melting the ends with a lighter, then crimping the ends with hemostats or needle nose pliers, and other times just flattening out the melted ends on the side of a lighter.
I try to use only enough heat from the lighter so that the paracord is barely melting, because too much and the cord will blacken as it burns, which isn't so noticeable when finished on dark colors of paracord, but will show with lighter colors.
Other times I'll cut and melt the ends flush with the bottom of a knot, or tuck and hide the ends back into the knot if possible. With a variety of options, you can choose what works best for you. ;)
Scroll down for the video in Step 1.