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550 Paracord

A Little History


Parachute cord (also paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the eighty-second Space Shuttle mission, to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.[1]The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic. The yarns of the core (commonly referred to as "the guts") can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear, or to be used as fishing line in a survival situation. The nylon sheath is often used alone, the yarn in the core removed, when a thinner or less elastic cord is needed such as when used as a boot lace. Ends of the cord are almost always melted and crimped to prevent fraying. In addition to purely utility functions, paracord can be used to fashion knotted or braided bracelets, lanyards, belts, and other decorative items. These are sometimes tied in a fashion that can be easily be unraveled for use in a survival situation.. Each single strand of 550 paracord has a minimum tensile strength of 550 lbs. hence the "550" label.

Here at MY PARACORD STORE we fabricate custom slings for guns, bows and crossbows, survival/spirit bracelets, lanyards, key chains and zipper pulls. We wrap items in useful 550 paracord such as canteens, neck knives, flashlights, and even a can opener or two. We use the best type III 550 paracord with 7 inner strands available. Proudly made in the USA. Just like our hand crafted products.