Paracord Stylus for Ripcord Bracelets




About: Awesome Gear I've designed myself.

I made this paracord stylus as a tool for making a quick deploy bracelet. It's made from 1/4" aluminum bar stalk, aluminum sheeting, and an aluminum knurled screw.

It's part of my Kickstarter project. You can check it out here:

Thanks! - Brent

Step 1: Cut and Drill

I measured out about 4" and used a pipe cutter to cut the bar stock. Next I used a number 29 drill bit to drill a hole in the end about 1" deep. I used a file to remove any burs.

Step 2: Shape the Point

I adjusted the angle of my mini-lathe to 10 degrees and brought the end to a point. After that I used a file to blunt the tip and 800 grit sand paper to remove any machine marks.

Step 3: Tapping Aluminum Threads

I clamped the stylus into a vice but I made sure to protect it with a piece of leather. I then used an 8-32NC tap to cut the threads. Make sure to use a little oil to make the cutting easy.

Step 4: Cut the Clip

I used a mini-mill to cut a strip off of a plate of 14 gauge aluminum. To square the plate to the bed I used a "V" block. After I took these pictures I realized I should have put the plate in short ways since my bed only has so much travel. Another one for experience. To make up for it I just cut the last bit with some diagonal cutting pliers.

Step 5: Form the Clip

I used a file to clean up the edge. Then I used a center punch to mark the location of the hole. After drilling, I cleaned the hole with a deburring tool. Finally I formed the 90 degree bend in the vice.

Step 6: Grind and Polish

I rounded off both ends of the clip with a diamond wheel. To finish it off I sanded both pieces with 800 grit sand paper and a buffing wheel.

I got the knuled screw from ACE hardware. Item # 1501-K, 6-32 x 9/16" in. - Knurled Thumb Screw

Step 7: Make Your Bracelet

The bracelet is made by placing the paracord into the stylus into the shape of a big letter "W". Then you weave the paracord in and out like a figure 8. Check out the video for a better look.

Thanks for reading. Brent



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    7 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I came up with my own ripcord style paracord accoutrement a while back and intended to make an instructable out of it. It just doesn't make sense to have something paracord (as a supply for emergency needs) if it isn't ripcord style.

    I just wanted to hop on here and say that I think this looks great. I like it. Good work!


    2 years ago

    I really like the idea of the clip addition to a paracord needle.

    I'll add one to mine ASAP.

    Thanks for the idea :)


    2 years ago

    If you start with an aluminum knitting needle then the whole tip shaping step can be avoided.


    2 years ago

    I like your idea, but why do you tap the hole in your stylus with an 8-32 tap then buy a 6-32 knurled screw (or is this a typo)? Your "stylus" is what rope and knot enthusiasts call a fid. I made some for different sized cordage out of the tips of different sized knitting needles - which are pretty cheap at Walmart. You either have to get the right size for paracord (I think it's a #6) or buy an assortment.


    2 years ago

    Bent, great job. I like the quick deploy. Gonna try it. To be sure, for quick deploy do you undo the looped ends first and should your figure eights be loose?


    2 years ago

    Very nice. Simple and easy to make. I still pledged on KS though. Best of luck. Looks like you're going to be busy. :)