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Convenient method of storing and carrying paracord rope – the “paracord grenade”.

  Interesting idea – a paracord “grenade”.  The cable ties, which allow you to hang the cord from jackets, belts, and backpacks, are the releasable type – press the end and it releases.  When the cable tie is removed, the rope releases in 10 foot sections making it convenient to…
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How to make rope from plants – fiber extraction and natural cordage construction.

You can make rope or natural cordage (rope and string) from many different fibers including (Bast) Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, Flax; (Leaves) Cattail, Yucca, Agave, Douglas Iris; (Bark) Willow, Maple, Basswood, Cedar; (Root) Leather Root, Beach Lupine; (Whole stem) Tule, Juncus, and straw. Each type of material has specific requirements…
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The ultimate guide to splices and whippings (used to splice ropes together).

Splices It is not uncommon, especially in a wilderness survival situation where you possess limited supplies, to encounter situations where a longer length of rope is needed.  Rope splices are used to splice shorter lengths of rope together to form a single, larger length of rope.  Good rope splices hold…
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Construction lashings and their use when building structures.

Construction Lashings and Structures Lashings are used to firmly hold together two or more spars (poles, masts, scaffolding, legs, trestles, etc.)  There are numerous survival construction projects that require lashings for construction. Here is an example of lashings used to hold two posts together (details on how to create lashings…
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Weaving can be used to create mats, tarps, blankest, and more. All about weaving, mats, and looms.

All elements of rope work incorporates weaving or interlocking of strands by passing over and under each other.  At a smaller scale, weaving can be used in the wild to create mats, tarps, blankets, and more.  The process of weaving is fairly simple. Sword Mat and Homemade Loom Step 1:…
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Stop ending your rope with a knot. how to create fancy but functional endpoints (plaits) for ropes.

Sennits Most ropes are braided by twisting the strands but strands can be plaited (called a sennit) to create a “fancier” looking rope. Similarly, rather than ending a rope by tying it off in a knot or by whipping the end, you can terminate the rope end with plaits. This…
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