Paracord Management Tips & Tricks

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  1. Cascadian

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    "Oh what tangled webs we weave ..."

    Gentle readers, could you kindly share your ingenious tips and tricks for storing, deploying, and re-storing paracord and other types of cordage while in the bush.

    What problems have you encountered, and how have you solved those problems.

    Thank you!
     
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    For pieces longer than 2 feet, I fold them in half, and keep folding until I have a wad that's 18" =24", then I tie the whole wad in a knot.

    Generally when I buy paracord, I process it down like this. Cut in half, coil up one, cut the other in half, and coil one, etc until I get down to about 3 foot or so. So if I bought a 100 foot cord.. I end up with 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25 and tw0 3.125 lengths. If I find that I never use the 50 foot one, then I process it down in a similar way. I can usually tell by the size of the knot of cord exactly which length it is.

    You can also hank it up like this guy.



    I have also been known to wrap cordage around things like my water bottle, hiking stick, ax, etc.
     
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    ^^ This.
     
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    Paracord Donut.
     
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  6. Cascadian

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    My current technique is a work of art.

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    With long peaces you can daisy chain them. Or stuff hand over hand in a stuff sack. Eather way you will be knot free.
     
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    Done that too, but it does twist the inner strands inside the sheath, which can make some kinky (kinda) cord.
     
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    Spool tool available on eBay for about 10 bucks I think. I use paracord when I hunt to haul my bag and bow up into the tree after I climb. For years I used fishing line spools, tied the line into long hanks with a lose knot, etc. I tried a cheaper version of this that more or less looks like a plastic ladder but it broke. This thing has been great. I keep about 75 feet on it, unspool what I need and I can wrap it off on the holder with a loop and hang it on my belt or stand when I got up. And if I need a length of paracord I can just pull a piece off and I don't need anything but that tool (mini bic fits in It to burn ends). That nite ize hook is also one of my favorite and most used items. I have never had something so small and simple get used for so many things....ridgelines, cargo in my truck, tarp tie outs (plastic version), Just can't recommend them enough...
     

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    Yep, that's how I carry 550 cord and even bank line. It does a good job of keeping it from tangling.
     
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    Ya beat me to it. Especially the figure eight for guy lines. I put a knot in the end to pull so I could find it quickly in low light
     
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    Great! Thanks everyone for the fine input.
     
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    I like to store it in soda pop bottles. Stuff it in and put a hole in the cap to pull out what you need. I find this is great for kids as it keeps things from getting out of hand for them.
     
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    Paracord donut. Takes a bit to make but in the field I find it to be one of the best ways to carry it.

    So much so that I’m thinking about trying one with bank line as well.
     
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    Here's a bracelet idea I like.




    And be sure to have some special paracord around for the Zombocalypse.

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    :p
     
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    I have been using the butterfly hank recently because it is so fast to tie.


    In spearfishing we wind up a figure 8s like in the video above, but instead of doing the butterfly hank we bundle it up in a way that can carry a load. We wrap 1 tag end around the bundle, double it over, pass it through 1 stack of loops in the figure 8s, pull it over the top of the bundle, and cinch it down. We repeat on the other end of the bundle. This bundle can be made with the ends tied off to something and it can carry a load. We use it to make a long float line shorter for shallow water, but still have it strong enough to fight a fish with it.
     
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