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anubis1335
03-02-2011, 12:41 PM
OK.. hit me w/ some suitable paracord substitutes. I cant find it here..and dont want to pay to have a big spool shipped..plus para in general isnt that cheap. What do u all use in lieu of 550?

Tarakian
03-02-2011, 12:45 PM
Trot line aka bank line, or strong masons twine. I still have paracord, but this stuff is strong and a lot cheaper.

Sweeneyguy
03-02-2011, 12:45 PM
Bank line is great stuff. The green stuff that goes to like 135lbs.

Chert
03-02-2011, 12:45 PM
Cotton twine (like the kind people use for clothes lines), nylon rope, bank line, type 1 or 2 paracord, jute twine

Skab
03-02-2011, 12:45 PM
Are you wanting it to have the same woorking load as 550 cord, or just the same type/size of cordage?

anubis1335
03-02-2011, 12:47 PM
Doesnt have to have same workload. I'd just be using it for lashing poles for shelters, generaly cordage etc. Im still gonna carry 550 but only use it when i need super strong stuff...

anubis1335
03-02-2011, 12:49 PM
what is that OD stuff that alot of people use that make 550 lanyards? the usually attach it to the lanyard loop... you can kinda see it here on my son's JK knife...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/anubae_obscura/GEAR/DSCF0721.jpg

Skab
03-02-2011, 12:51 PM
In that case, as others have said, bank line and mason's twine are great and usually available locally for most people.

The mason's line I use comes in a 300 ft spool for $2.95. And if you look around can be found in all kinds of colors.

Also walmart carries some stuff with the boating supplies that is decent, alot like paracord, has inner strands and what not. 100 ft for $3.00

And you jute twine is erally cheap and for shelters and what not works just fine in a pinch.

anubis1335
03-02-2011, 12:53 PM
i think i saw that line in the boatin section at academy yesterday. was this close but didnt know about it.. thanks


Skab...any idea what that cordage is attached to that knife i just posted? anyone else???

Tarakian
03-02-2011, 01:00 PM
what is that OD stuff that alot of people use that make 550 lanyards? the usually attach it to the lanyard loop... you can kinda see it here on my son's JK knife...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/anubae_obscura/GEAR/DSCF0721.jpg


That looks like OD green paracord to me, unless I am looking at the wrong thing.

Edit, I probably am

Tarakian
03-02-2011, 01:02 PM
Could it be this?
http://www.supplycaptain.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=74&ParentCat=21

Mr. Tettnanger
03-02-2011, 01:05 PM
I use tether cord from County Comm. Most of it is on backorder right now.

I read some about this alternative, but I have never used it.

http://rwrope.com/knot-tyers/twine-and-cord/handy-hundred-cord.html?SID=8391e2c1a190d3938651ff4b18f0f314

They also have lanyard braided cord.

http://rwrope.com/parachute-cord/lanyard-cord.html?SID=8391e2c1a190d3938651ff4b18f0f314

Skab
03-02-2011, 01:10 PM
Looks like Type 1 paracord, aka dummy cord. But hard to tell from the photo.

Skab
03-02-2011, 01:14 PM
i bought some of the real stuff from this guy on ebay a while back, has 3 inner strands in it. Good stuff for psk kits. But you won't be able to find locally more then likely.

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330512824941

Sweeneyguy
03-02-2011, 01:18 PM
Skab.. that's the Supply Captain. It's in Marlboro NY

D_Weezy
03-02-2011, 01:50 PM
Bought a 100ft. of this for about $7.00 at the local hardware store.
http://www.atwoodrope.net/product-info.php?pid80.html

anubis1335
03-02-2011, 02:33 PM
DUMMY CORD..that's it. it is about 1/16" i would guess. I think they have some w/ the USGI lensatic compass... thanks. on the hunt

anubis1335
03-03-2011, 09:06 AM
looking closer at it last night it is more of a twisted cord than a braided one...any ideas?

Trekon86
03-03-2011, 09:09 AM
Anubis, that is a piece of USGI waxed cotton thread.

That looks like something I would've put together! LMAO!
PMZ

anubis1335
03-03-2011, 09:19 AM
I got it from Upthecreek, Trek, and i believe he said he DID get it from you! :) Major facepalm my way for not just pm'n you! DOH! Thanks much brother! where did u get it.. i want some

Trekon86
03-03-2011, 09:33 AM
LOL. I got it at our church's yard sale.
I'm not even sure where to find more. You'd probably have to scour Ebay for it, or the surplus sites.

PMZ

Trekon86
03-03-2011, 09:34 AM
I usually put it on the lanyards and such to aid in pulling the loop through the hole in a knife.

It's usually cut off then.

PMZ

kevin
03-03-2011, 09:36 AM
+1 on masons twine (braided not twisted), I use it anyway for tarp guy lines rather than paracord.

Skab
03-03-2011, 09:36 AM
Trek do you have an NSN # or anything from the spool?

Trekon86
03-03-2011, 09:38 AM
I have to go to work in about 3 minutes but when I come home I will look it up if I remember. The spool is in the basement with my leatherworking stuff.


Cheers:)
PMZ

anubis1335
03-03-2011, 09:42 AM
I usually put it on the lanyards and such to aid in pulling the loop through the hole in a knife.

It's usually cut off then.

PMZ

Lanyard hole was too small to pass the para through and kiddo liked it w/ that cord sooo we left it... i also EDC a lanyard i got from UTC, which he got from you, on my SAK Hiker. You do good para work dude. :)

smokewalker
03-03-2011, 09:49 AM
I use Bank line for most everything. Yesterday I picked up 520' of jute at the Cowboy Superstore( AKA:Tractor Supply Co.) 3.00. that will build allot of shelters and make allot of fires. I love dual use stuff. I have a rule if I can't use an item for two things it don't go(meds excluded)

anubis1335
03-03-2011, 10:03 AM
Ill grab some of that too!

meds can be double use smoke :) There is a big ol thread about multi use stuff :) Meds included in there :)

anubis1335
03-04-2011, 01:46 PM
Where's Trek w/ our NSN? :D

Zig
03-04-2011, 02:07 PM
I always carry a fair amount of paracord that is precut into specific sizes. I use it for guy lines and ridge lines, etc.

For everything else that doesn't require a lot of strength, I use jute twine. A 200' spool is roughly $2-3 and packs down pretty small. It also doubles as tinder. If you need a bit of extra strength, just do a two strand twist. I've even been known to double it over twice to get nice jute rope.

I cut what I need off the spool, and when I'm done it ends up in my tinder box. If it's long enough it can always be saved and used again though.

Trekon86
03-04-2011, 02:11 PM
Right here!:D

There was a number called the SPEC No:

MIL-T-5560.

But other than that I didn't see anything that looked like an NSN.
Sorry bro:(
PMZ

Buckskin
03-04-2011, 02:29 PM
I found some of this at Wallyworld for about $8

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x233/Arysman/Picture307.jpg

mainewoods
03-04-2011, 02:42 PM
Bank line is great stuff. The green stuff that goes to like 135lbs.

Big fan of the Bank Line (green) :dblthumb:

anubis1335
03-04-2011, 04:26 PM
Thanks Trek. My google fu yeilded nada as well. Ah well. Ill get me some o that catfish line. :)

Trekon86
03-04-2011, 07:02 PM
The label also says "Cotton thread, high tenacity."

It has the MFG's label on it, not sure what it said now.
PMZ

FarPoint
03-04-2011, 08:45 PM
Bank line or tarred line, at Bass Pro, almost 500 feet of 320 lb test for 11 bucks. Can't beat it.
http://www.basspro.com/Mariner-Tarred-Twisted-Nylon-Twine/product/100213/-1165627

FarPoint
-all those who wander are not lost

Looker
03-04-2011, 11:36 PM
Doesn't have to have same workload. I'd just be using it for lashing poles for shelters, generally cordage etc. I'm still gonna carry 550 but only use it when i need super strong stuff...

I recommend net making twine. I have been using it since I was a kid, my dad used to make his own landing nets. It comes in many different diameters and strengths, and it's coated to make it hold knots really well. It's pretty impressive stuff, and it even comes in green!. I don't know where you might buy it locally, but it's available here:

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/net-making-material/971103.aspx

ekaphoto
03-05-2011, 12:34 AM
Dental floss

D.K.
03-05-2011, 02:36 PM
Tarred marline - you can find it on-line

anubis1335
03-14-2011, 01:22 PM
Just grabbed a spool of "Marine Raider Utility Line" from academy.. i think this is what skab was talking about. 1/8"x50' spool for $2. Looked like a good deal and im sure itll be suitable for my needs. Need to shout out to solocanoe for sending me a 100' hank of 550 after reading this thread as well. You rule bro! :dblthumb: