Nano Cord question

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  1. Beach Hiker

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    Hello folks.
    I have seen a product (on that internet thing) called nano cord.
    It looks like paracord, but thinner. It comes in a nice big spool. My favourite shop (that I trust) sells it. Apparently it's even made in the USA.
    (Note to self: stop boring them! Get to the questions.)
    Ok. So here are my questions:
    Good stuff?
    Why would I use this instead of paracord?
    More than strong enough for general lanyards and so on?
    How come no one told me about this before?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    https://atwoodrope.com/collections/nano-cord/products/75mm-x-300ft-nano-cord-black

    This stuff? Haven't used it, but I have some micro cord. Keep in mind that the tensile strength is listed at 36 lbs / 17 kg. I assume it would be just fine for lanyards. At least with microcord, knots seem to be a slight bit more "slippery" than with standard 550 paracord.
    Also, one other thing about lanyards. Keep in mind pressure = force/area, so you'd feel more pressure from a thinner cord lanyard holding the same weight object. Diameter of Type III 550 paracord seems to be listed as 4.0 mm, and diameter of nanocord at 0.75mm.
    All that to say, for lanyard items, I think it would be fine. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Also, check out this post--> https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/micro-cord.128890/
     
  3. Beach Hiker

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    Thanks @pellegrino
    You make good points.
    It says 16kg strength. 300 feet.
    0.75 mm thick.
    USA made.
    Sounds good to me.
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    I have the micro cord as well. I agree with the points at @pellegrino made. Sometimes small gauge cord is more useful than thick. It rides in my fishing kit as extra line, net making material and general utility.
    Cheers Jim
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    I just bought some of this reflective micro cord - https://atwoodrope.com/collections/close-outs/products/1-18mm-x-80ft-reflective-neon-orange. It is bigger then the blind cord I've been using for lanyards. I like it a lot. I would have no problems using it to lash a cooking tripod, using as a guy line, or just about anything that doesn't need a huge load strength.

    Is it multi-functional like 550, no. I treated it as a single cord as opposed to 550 which can be broken down to the outer sheath and the 7 inner ones. But with it's size, like #18 bank line, you can carry tons more in the same space as 50 ft of 550.
     
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    @Beach Hiker Nanocord is good stuff, but its the size of thread! Like upholstery sewing thread (appx) if I were comparing but much stronger. It would be great for sewing gear, emergency fishing, whipping the ends of larger cordage like paracord.

    I have some nanocord but smallest I usually go is Microcord. Same price just different lengths.

    Order a roll of nanocord and Microcord and see which one you like best.

    Atwood rope makes the best imo that ive found. But I'm betting a lot of companies buy it from them....paracord planet for instance.
     
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    microcord is fine... prefer it to paracord.

    nanocord, if it's what i'm thinking, is, like Wasp said, really thin... too thin for me anyway... i've got a spool, and all i've used it for that was useful was for "floor lashing" a top to a field table in one of my camps one year... it's to thin to do regular lashings, and hard to untie knots (like if you used it for tarp tie outs.)
     
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    Hmmmm. I will keep looking.... maybe too thin for me.
     
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    Seriously try micro cord! Excellent stuff, 100 lb break strength (stayic). Get a lot on a roll for like $5-7, can get it in glow!

    Want an alternate to paracord try 275 cord
     
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    @Wasp
    You sold me.
    I'm going to get me some micro. Thanks!
     
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    I like it.
    I only have a few examples of Microcord at hand currently.

    I used it to whip some 275 cord
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    Below is about 8 feet.
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    I like Atwood Rope, and they have the only microcord or 275 glow I will buy anywhere (except 550). But paracord planet has more colors available in Microcord and 275.
     
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    Yep, I have a few of these. Very thin, as mentioned a bit more slippery and another good point is that it can be uncomfortable if you are hanging a lot of weight on it. I shop a popular paracord site, and my favorite is the #95 and #275 which come in a variety of colors, seems quite sturdy it great for knotting. The difference (in my opinion) is the #275 is not quite as soft and flexible as the #95. I use the 95 for necklaces, but the 275 I just used for a prusik on a ridgeline.

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    Nano cord is the same as the strands inside paracord I use to for whippings and sewing very handy stuff . But I like the micro cord for making lanyards and attaching tarp to ridgeline.
     

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