OK, I’m 30 years old and just recently found out about the many uses of 550 paracord, and I don’t know how I lasted this long without it. I don’t know all the military applications of it, but let me tell you; just keeping a few feet of it on your person at all times can be a real life saver. Not only can it be used for the purposes of tying things and other common uses, but once you cut into it and pull out the 7 inner strands you come into a whole new world of possibilities.
Let’s talk about what 550 paracord is first. 550 paracord is a military grade cord that was used to attach a parachute to a parachute harness. Now that it’s in civilian hands it has become much more. It is called 550 paracord because its breaking strength is supposed to be 550lbs. I myself have never tested it on that much weight, but I am about 260lbs and it will hold me just fine. It is made up of an outer sleeve with 7 smaller inner strands inside. That being said if you ever use the stuff be sure and burn the ends after you cut it so the inner strands don’t come out with use. Now let’s talk about some of its uses.
The inner strands are small enough for sewing, fishing, traps, and whatever else you can come up with, but it’s very strong! I have even pulled it down into smaller strands and used it as emergency dental floss! Then you still have the outer sheath for shelter building, more traps, tool fabrication, weapon fabrication, clothing repair, belt construction, and the list goes on and on.