Whether you are an experienced bushman or a relative novice, the need for high-quality kit is paramount. Those with years of experience under their belt may be able to make more of what they have got, good or bad, but if you find yourself in a survival situation it is imperative that your equipment is up to the task.
No piece of equipment does this apply to more than paracord. The 'para' in the name comes from the fact that it was originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Its versatility though has seen it become a general purpose utility cord used by both military personnel and civilians. Only the very best paracord will be of sufficient strength to be of any use, which you will be guaranteed to get with genuine 550 paracord.
Genuine 550 paracord is a type-III paracord. It may only be a humble looking rope, but its 550lbs breaking strain means it is fit for a multitude of weight-bearing purposes.
Genuine 550 paracord has a braided sheath with a high number of interwoven strands. Its construction makes it surprisingly elastic, which means it is perfect for a wide array of paracord knots. Knowing just a few simple knots means that you can use your genuine 550 paracord for a variety of tasks. Paracord knots will allow you to attach equipment to harnesses, or tie rucksacks to vehicle racks, for example. It can also be used to support the weight of a person, with its seven strand core giving an excellent strength to weight ratio.
Its use in paracord knots to fulfil a number of practical, utility functions is aided by the fact that it can be compacted into wearable paracord bracelets or paracord necklaces. Genuine 550 paracord can then be transported more easily and then easily unravelled when it needs to be used for tying paracord knots.
Where can I find genuine 550 paracord?
If you require genuine 550 paracord, look no further than Greenman Bushcraft. Our 4mm (approx.) paracord with a seven strand core is a viable alternative to our GSA compliant MIL-C-5040 Military Issue 550 Paracord which carries a higher price-tag for very similar cord and is available in far fewer colour options. It is fashioned to exactly the same standard, the only difference being that it lacks the tracer strand, an inner braid which identifies the origin of the cord for government purposes - so unless you work for the U.S Government, it will serve no purpose, so you may as well save some money with this type III.
Paracord is a fantastic multi-purpose product, and can be purchased per foot (1000ft is equal to a spool) and custom lengths and colours are available upon request. Alternatively, you can buy a range of paracord products including paracord bracelets, paracord necklaces and even paracord keychains. This will ensure that you have always got a length of paracord to hand when you need it for tying paracord knots.
At Greenman Bushcraft we specialise in the supply of outdoor survival equipment. You can be sure that our genuine 550 paracord is made to the very highest standards. It is also available in a wide variety of colours, so visit our website today to browse our range of paracord, paracord products, accessories and buckles.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 550 cord is sold per 'Foot', 1000 f/t is equal to a spool shown in the images. Our cord is hand-cut, so please also allow for slight variations in length. Colour may vary from batch to batch due to different dye lots.