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Paracord Belt

You guys might know about Survival Bracelets which are bracelets woven from paracord, aka 550lb test nylon cord. Pretty cool right? Not really, bracelets are for women and hipsters. What does a real man wear? A belt. In fact, the only time a man should be wearing a belt is when he's using it to beat his wife and/or children. Now, in the course of the beating, should the wife and/or children fall into a well/river/etc you can unravel this belt and save them (if you don't have anything better to do. Side note, it is pretty manly to save a couple lives with only your belt).

The supplies. They cost me about $10 all together.


Tie your first knot on the buckle.


I neglected to take pictures of the next step which is pretty important; basically, run the line from the buckle, down around an anchor (I used a screwdriver, look at the next pic and you'll figure it out) and back through the buckle several times. These lines run the length of the belt and are what you weave around. Here is a picture of the weaving:


Almost done, hopefully you can see what I meant in the previous paragraph.


I tidied up the loose ends, cut them down and melt them a bit with a lighter. This ensures they will not fray when you're hauling Jimmy out of the well.


Finished


If I cut the knot off the end, I can unravel the weave for about 70' of line. Not that I ever expect to need it, but it's there and it's a functional belt.


Things I learned:
Make it LONG. I have a 32" waist, my original length when I was planning it out was a bit over 36". By the time I had woven it all my belt was down to 32". If you look carefully you can see where I extended it.

Next I want to make a rifle strap.
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i like it, nice
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Damn dude that's a pretty sweet idea! Have you tried clipping a holster on it to see how well it holds up? Seems like it would sag quite a bit more than a good leather belt but if you're not worried about carrying that is definitely a cool setup.
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Damn dude that's a pretty sweet idea! Have you tried clipping a holster on it to see how well it holds up? Seems like it would sag quite a bit more than a good leather belt but if you're not worried about carrying that is definitely a cool setup.

bet you could put some flexible metal inside or something to stiffen it
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Damn dude that's a pretty sweet idea! Have you tried clipping a holster on it to see how well it holds up? Seems like it would sag quite a bit more than a good leather belt but if you're not worried about carrying that is definitely a cool setup.

I haven't tried anything yet (no carry piece), but yes, I predict a significant amount of sag.


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bet you could put some flexible metal inside or something to stiffen it

It wouldn't be ridiculously hard to weave a bit of wire through part of it for more support. I'm curious enough to try if we get another rainy day in the next week or so.
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There's a lot less sag then I thought there would be. I attribute this to the belt's ability to cinch up pretty tight.



My CZ may not be pretty, but it is heavy; if the belt will hold her up it should do well with smaller, lighter pistols that are actually meant to be concealed.
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There's a lot less sag then I thought there would be. I attribute this to the belt's ability to cinch up pretty tight.



My CZ may not be pretty, but it is heavy; if the belt will hold her up it should do well with smaller, lighter pistols that are actually meant to be concealed.

Hmmm, that's not too bad actually. I might have to try and make one of these now!

Dude, you gotta get on that CCW permit if it's legal where you live! Definitely a good thing to have even if you don't plan on packing very much.
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that is awesome mind if I this on the edc forums?
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Hmmm, that's not too bad actually. I might have to try and make one of these now!

Dude, you gotta get on that CCW permit if it's legal where you live! Definitely a good thing to have even if you don't plan on packing very much.

I live in MN, I took the required class but never applied for the permit

It's on the to-do list.


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that is awesome mind if I this on the edc forums?

Go for it.
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I haven't tried anything yet (no carry piece), but yes, I predict a significant amount of sag.




It wouldn't be ridiculously hard to weave a bit of wire through part of it for more support. I'm curious enough to try if we get another rainy day in the next week or so.
Ah yes underwire support..very cool.
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Heres a paracord sling I made long ago. King Cobra stitch(cobra doubled over), 80+ feet of paracord. Not fun to make but worth it.




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Heres a paracord sling I made long ago. King Cobra stitch(cobra doubled over), 80+ feet of paracord. Not fun to make but worth it.


How long did that take you? I used the simplest weave I could think of and it was still pretty slow

That does look a lot nicer than mine though.
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How long did that take you? I used the simplest weave I could think of and it was still pretty slow

That does look a lot nicer than mine though.

It goes kind of fast when you get in the groove, but I would say 6-8 hours over the course of a few days.
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