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How To Cut Paracord Without A Knife



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Did you know that cutting paracord without using a knife is possible? Today, you’re going to learn an awesome paracord trick that can be very useful in survival situations!

While it’s always a good idea to have a knife on hand, sometimes when things go wrong, they go very wrong. So what do you do if you need to cut some paracord and don’t have a knife? Check out this tutorial to find out!

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Cutting Paracord Without a Knife | A Step-by-Step Guide

The 550 Cord

550 cord is a rot-resistant, fast-drying nylon rope that is a basic tool for survival. It has a strength of 550 lbs., which is why it is used in many different situations. A soldier without a 500 cord is basically not equipped and ready.

Also, a prepper or anyone who is into any kind of outdoor adventures should be well-advised to carry it with them all the time. It is as important as it is functional, in numerous emergency situations.

Examples of situations in which 550 cord is invaluable:

  • If you cut yourself, you can use it as a tourniquet as a way to stop the bleeding.
  • It can be used to tie a splint to a broken leg.
  • You can use it to secure a boat.
  • In case your clothes get wet, use it as a clothesline to dry them.

Paracord (also called 550 cord) has tons of uses; this is why it’s a must-have for every prepper or survivalist.

Very tough and very versatile, one person can have hundreds of different ways to use it and the next guy has another hundred. But what happens when SHTF and the only survival tool left in your kit is a long piece of 550 cord?

What You’ll Need:

  • 550 cord
  • Lighter


  1. First, measure the paracord and see how much length you need.
  2. Next is to take that measurement and wrap it around your foot on both sides so you’ll have a good anchor.
  3. Get the leftover cord and run it under the anchor to have a good contact point right in the middle.
  4. The next step that you need to do is to hold the cord tightly and wrap it around your hands.
  5. Secure the cord and pull it back and forth then let the friction do its job.
  6. Get your lighter and seal off the edges of your cord and you’re good to go!

Paracord is now available in multi-color bracelets, necklaces, key chains, and other accessories which you can also make by yourself. These have proven to be quite useful to the emergency response teams and safety personnel.


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Paracord is fast becoming popular with the average person, who may or may not know about its great versatility. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that a paracord bracelet can be unraveled to use when SHTF!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 20, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Gary Delatte

    August 22, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    A question : if you have a lighter to seal the ends of the paracord, why not use it to cut the para? Unless you don’t have it with you and you ment to say – when you get a light seal the ends of the para? Sorry, not a criticism , just a thought.

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  7. Edward Brandon

    April 20, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Use it as a TQ? No. No. NO. Ever hear of crush trauma? Add in that it’s proven that anything like this (ever heard of that bullshit thing call a “rat”?) does not provide enough pressure over the area to stop blood loss.
    Ignore Bubba’s Bad Medical Advice here folks. Get a REAL TQ, such as a N.A.R. C.A.T., or a SOFTT, learn to use it, and carry it.

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