Paracord: Cutting The Slack



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  1. Amac

    June 10, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Neat way to cut 550 cord, but what damage does it do the section of cord used for the “cutting”?

    • Carl

      June 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      None. What it does is melt through the static cord using friction. The heat is concentrated in the one spot so that it melts there, but spread out along the moving cord.

  2. Max

    June 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Thank you for the video; I would never have thought of that. I was thinking you were going to use a rock or something.

  3. chris g.

    June 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Awesome, good info. If I might….The longer-cutting cord has stress over a longer friction base- there by limiting the damage…the shorter cord (the inch between the knots) has a more concentrated friction base and therefore concentrated damage(it breaks/cuts)

  4. Al

    June 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Better to just burn/melt it in two if you have the capability unless you are wanting to seperate the inner strands from the outer sheath.

  5. MRD

    June 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    That was cool! Any idea helps as I have used matches/lighters, but like you said, in the scenario you lose your knife/match/whatever, this will work. Thanks

  6. Chuck

    June 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Handy idea if you are stuck without anything, otherwise, I just burn paracord where I want to cut it. That automatically seals the ends so that they don’t unravel. If you have gloves and move quickly, you can even make a point on the melted end to make it easier to thread through a narrow opening. Do not try that with bare fingers as the melted paracord will stick to your fingers and give you a really nasty burn.

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