Paracord Belt With Carabiner Buckle




Introduction: Paracord Belt With Carabiner Buckle

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This is what you end up with - A one and three quarter inch wide paracord belt with a removable 3000lb carabiner at one end and a 2500lb triangle D-ring at the other. The webbing should be good for around 7000lb, with the seven down and back runs. The whole belt comes apart with a quick undo of the knot hidden behind the D-ring, giving you just over 100' of paracord.

The first pic is most of what you need to make one, more or less, including the table, or a board, or something to but the clamps on.

Oval carabiners seem to work well, the second pic is a 4"X2" 18kN Black Diamond. The cross-pin is made from 3/16" steel rod from any hardware store, etc. This one was bent around a half inch bolt in a bench-mounted vice.

Pic three is my setup. The belt will shrink from the initial length as you make it. This one is 53.5", which shrinks down to 44".  The carabiner is initially tied tight to the clamp at this end, as it seems easier to set up that way. Once you get going, replace the tie with a bungie cord, so the belt can shorten as it wants to.  The whole idea is to pack as many crossing runs into your length as possible, and having the bungie mounted end will help with that.

Next you can see here the cord run up from the spool on the floor, back and forth 7 times, then tied at the top of the carabiner. Be sure to get your cross-pin in the right spot here.

The weave is done by crossing the runs between each other, front one to the back and back ones to the front,  using the pen, or rod or whatever you have (maybe better pictures on my other page, ) then running a loop up through them and leaving the top of that loop for the next loop to go through. About this far along if you switch to the bungie, it will allow the belt to shorten, while holding it in place to work on.  You'll probably need to check almost every time to be sure your lines don't get crossed at the end you're not working on. I did one for my son initially trying to do it flat on the table with only one end secured, and it didn't go so well, so I went back to this.

I started out using whatever I had handy, which was this pen body, and then this extra cross-pin. I tried other stuff, but the square end on the pen coupled with it's hollow body(which allows a loop of cord to be fed into it and then pulled through, handy for the tight ones as you near the end), and the little hook on the cross-pin actually made for a good set of tool for this. Something my old friend Captain Danimal Dan would call "Accidental Excellence".

The last one is tricky to get through. I used the hook to work down from the top, then stuck the pen onto it, and worked it back through, then put a loop of cord into the pen and pulled it through.

Now you go back and tighten up the slack in the crossings,

and as this D-ring is a little wider than my carabiner, I took the free end and wove it, kinda figure-8 through the D-Ring until the extra space was filled, finishing off by feeding the end behind the loops of cord on the D-ring.

I fed a single line of inner strand around the ends so I can take the carabiner out and not have everything fall apart.

There you go! Style and function, all in one handy 48", multi-thousand pound tow strap, that you can rappel down a cliff if you need to. Nothing gets better than that...accept maybe another coffee...

Oh, I added a mini Nitize S-biner to the side to hold the D-ring in place. Just thread some gutted cord through however makes sense.



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    3 years ago

    Do you think you could figure out how to make a cqb belt using paracord?

    very cool project! i just signed up for this one lol, how much paracord did u use? c: ty

    I had them lying around, collected from here and there. That D-ring is an MS(or PS) 22045-1 parachute buckle, 2500Lb proof load. I have seen them at DJ Assciates in the States, but have not actually had to buy them there - yet.

    Awesome! How did it turn out? Have you got any tips on how to make the instructions better?

    Very well done 'ible. Pix make it possible for anyone to follow.

    This is very similar to the Slatts belt. Over the years I have made a few of these - they last a long time and can be worn anywhere. My current one has a Boy Scout buckle on it for decoration. Your example makes it more versatile with the strong rings at either end.

    A very good YOUTUBE on the Slatts method is here:

    The Slatts will unravel all the way to the buckle if necessary. This 'ible will only 'quickly' unravel to the point you are left with the 7-8 lengths between the 2 rings. However - the jig shown here allows for a much tighter weave (more cord / inch) and would make creating the belt MUCH easier. And, even though you can't unravel this ENTIRE belt with one pull, you CAN get a long enough section from the weaved section to handle almost any immediate need. I intend to make one very soon using the 'biner as you describe with the possible exception of the D-RING. The carabiner can be removed from this belt but the D-Ring can't.

    To save a few bucks i may leave the loops on the D-Ring side but tie them together somehow. If I need the belt to be a strap i will hook the D-Ring side into the carabiner.

    This would - of course - reduce the useful length by 1/2 though. I may decide reducing the useful length when I need it is not worth saving the couple of $$.

    Again - thanks for the 'ible.

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    Awesome! Yeah, go nuts with variations. Check out my Wordpress links too, for some more ideas / variants. I just found an MS22018 clip on one of my old flight bags, which I think I'll work into a belt too. I hear you about having the D-ring removable or not there, and having a piece of cord that can be used without the whole belt coming apart...I'm now picturing opening the weave up a couple inches from the end, forming a permanent loop end in the i'm picturing it in both ends...K. Standby. I'll I've got the next design in mind. Also! Stay tuned for "The Lauren Weave", where we do the crossings from the top and the bottom at the same time, so one of them can be removed and the belt still used...


    Woo! I always wondered how wide it'd have to be to get 100' into it, but I wanted it to fit through belt loops. Mine has been holding up quite well, and it is now about 3 years old.

    any reason i can't use a regular D ring cause i have NO idea where to get the kind you used

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    Sure! Anything that will work will, uh, work! Get creative!
    Those rings are parachute hardware. If you check out one page or another on my Wordpress site, there is a link to DJAssociates, in the states. Also, on those pages somewhere, I think Carabiner Buckle 3.0, you'll see I had to make my own D-rings from 3/16" rod, though this might be a little harder if your welder is not hooked up...

    cool belt, i made an indestructible para chord belt many years, not like yours, my belt has been the best, wear it every day,,

    if folks are looking for a long lasting belt, parachord is the way to go.

    you gave a great ible'..

    clear instructions, good close ups, easy to follow instructions.

    thanks for posting.

    Very clever.
    Very pro.
    Never seen anything that would come up closer to neatness, usefulness and adaptivity : totally within the spirit of clever survival.
    Pretty sure that some company will steal this idea, go to China and retail the thing for 10 to 15 bucks in the USA and Western Europe !…
    Thank you again for sharing.

    And DO NOT BLUSH !!!… lol

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    Ah ! Hum … Oh well ! Not to worry.

    Everybody could misread or misunderstand someone else.

    A least you had the courtesy to add a word.

    Wish you a sweet running Sunday : as it is only 20:20 here, there must be some daylight left at your place; I hope you enjoy it !…

    Thanks, dude! You too.

    It's only getting to be 12:30, so there's plenty of day to enjoy.