deals280lb paracord survival bracelet w/ metal shackle…

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This actually looks like a really convenient thing to have but what I want to know is if they had to fast-forward the video just to take it apart, how long would it take to wind it back up? 30mins? An hour? LONGER????

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My father-in-law started making these as a hobby recently. You can make your own in various different styles and combinations fairly easily. You can also make them in the custom sizes that fit better.

Just search for paracord bracelet on youtube.

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@cavimike: don't expect to re-make it into a bracelet again after you use it. It's simply a convenient way to carry around a useful tool (paracord).
My father-in-law takes about 15 minutes or less to make a simple one-color one, and up to an hour or more to make a complicated multi-color design. Some can have up to 4 or 5 colors.

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By the way, the prices of these Paracords are significantly cheaper than the official ones (I think these are the official ones..).

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here you go, the simple basic design.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPO19rXgaIo

typical paracord runs about $4-$9 per 100ft
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=paracord

You can choose between several methods of attaching the ends, from the simple knot through a loop, to the metal clasp on the ones for sale in this post, to plastic clips/buckles like these that run 10cents or less each in quantity http://www.amazon.com/50-Economy-Contoured-Release-Plastic/dp/B003R17Y0S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&;

@joshobra: there is no "official" design or company, that's simply the first person who bought the domain name. GI's have been making these for decades. I agree, though, that $8 is a fair retail price.

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@kamikazeken: I see. lol. I never knew these existed until I saw that website on the Facebook ads one day and I was like hey, these are pretty cool!

I'm going to try making one soon.. if I find any cheap paracords.

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Not that great a deal.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008KXC7A0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A14FJL5O9CH7QK

Prime shipping (if you have it).
Also single item packages for 6.99 (also with prime).

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@breaddrink: Well, I guess I can't argue with that. lol.

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Also note that these bracelets are not the standard "550" paracord, but a lower weight rating. So it's only about half as strong as other products at a comparable price.

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@joshobra:
Oh hey I'm sorry. I didn't mean to sound rude.

I've been on the lookout for these for my kids. They somehow hooked onto the idea and want one.

Kinda prefer the idea of making our own though...

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@breaddrink: No worries! I didn't mean to sound rude myself.

I actually want to try making my own as well after watching the video kamikazeken posted. I think I'll try visiting my local hardware store.. but I think the cheapest and most easiest would to buy it online for around $8.99 for a 100-foot spool (not sure how much bracelets that would yield).

If I ever get it right I could start my own mini-shop locally (aka around the apartments).

I might have to agree with @sinner3k as well. I guess much more research should have been done before posting, but no worries! At least this deal inspired people (like myself) somehow to make our own bracelets or at least see these things for the first time.

I don't really wear jewelry, but I think this is one thing I would wear around everywhere. Especially plan on hiking eventually.

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also remember that if you get lighter colors, like yellow or white, they will get sweat stains after a month or two.

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@joshobra: I meant my warning as more of a "buyer beware" sort of warning, not implying that it's necessarily a bad product, just of a lower rating than many might expect for this sort of item.

Note that you can order kits from a number of suppliers so you can see if this is something that you would be interested in doing as a hobby or mini-business. Maybe get in on a few kits for twenty bucks to see if you really enjoy it before you go all-in and order several hundred feet of cord (which would probably be the more economical way to go). I have a kit sitting in my drawer waiting for time to be knotted up because my summer has been far too busy. :(

Oh, and if you get into hiking and such, you can always replace your laces with paracord to give you that much more cordage that can be carried on your person.

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@joshobra: You use about 1 foot of cord for 1 inch of bracelet, so your yield varies depending on size. Also depending on how tight you can pull it - I wind up using less than my six year old.

For those considering making their own, I just got my supplies last weekend, and making these with the kids is a hoot! I wound up making a couple simple jigs with plywood to hold the bracelets while we work on them.

We've made bracelets and dog collars (two steel 1" rings -> choker style dog collar) so far, and have been talking about belts. We haven't tried anything other than the basic "Cobra" weave yet, but am having fun with the cool colors that are available.

Just as an FYI, 3/8" clasps look fine for kids bracelets, but look a bit small for adult - you might want to go with 1/2" or 5/8" for those. Lots of suppliers on eBay as well - just make sure you order from a US source if you want your stuff in less than a couple weeks.

I am going to get a couple of shackles & try this design.

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@75grandville: If you are looking into other projects like belts and dog collars, you may want to take a look at the Instructables website. There are a lot of paracord projects on there that you would likely find interesting and you may find that you come up with an idea that hasn't been submitted yet (I haven't checked the site in a while, but I haven't heard of a dog collar, so that could be an original).

I'm looking to start teaching a few merit badges to the young men in my son's scout troop and I'm hoping to get to do some more paracord projects as a part of that.

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who knew basic macrame could be so cool and tough.

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All you really need are a pair of shackles & a well placed guy wire like Captain Jack Sparrow!

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@joshobra:

Yep, you really got me moving on this one. I bought a couple of hundred feet of paracord and some end clasps (though not those cool looking stainless ones) from amazon.

Going to make these with my kids when they get back from their moms.

Thanks, Josh.