Paracord: What is it?

Paracord: What is it?

Paracord, also referred to as parachute cord, is a lightweight cord made of nylon that usually has several strands inside. Paracord was originally used for parachuting during World War II and since has evolved from a military essential to a commercial and personal tool that is used by many. Although paracord is not used for parachuting any longer, its strength and versatility has always proven itself to be a great cord for any project.

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Paracord may appear small but is probably stronger than you think. The tensile, or breaking, strength of paracord is quite easy to understand once you realize it’s usually right in the name. The list below highlights a few quick facts about different sizes of paracord from small to large.

  • 95 Paracord

A Type I cord with a break strength of 95 pounds and 1 inner strand.

  • 275 Paracord

A Type II cord with a break strength of 275 pounds and 5 inner strands.

  • 325 Paracord

A Type II cord with a break strength of 325 pounds and 3 inner strands.

  • 425 Paracord

A Type II cord with a break strength of 425 pounds and 3 inner strands.

  • 550 Paracord

A Type III cord with a break strength of 550 pounds and 7 inner strands.

  • 650 Coreless Paracord

A Type II cord with a break strength of 300 pounds and 0 inner strands.

  • 750 Paracord

A Type IV cord with a break strength of 750 pounds and 11 inner strands.

  • 850 Paracord

A Type IV cord with a break strength of 850 pounds and 8 inner strands.

The most popular and commonly used paracord is 550 because of its well-known history and and easy-to-use size. There are many uses for 550 paracord and survival and crafting have become  the most prominent. Some examples of survival uses include fishing, pulley systems, and a tourniquet, while crafting with paracord can get you a bracelet, bag, and lanyard. Paracord comes in many colors and can range from solid neutrals to bright patterns. Whether you're picking the perfect color combination for crafting or choosing what will blend in best with nature, check out our range of colors for each size of paracord. Below are a few examples of how paracord can be used in both ways.

Example of paracord in crafting and in survival

Comment below and let us know how you've used paracord in the past or plan to in the future!