Paracord was first used as the suspension lines in parachutes, and when paratroopers hit the ground, they found a multitude of uses for it. Paracord has been a popular cordage option among outdoorsmen and survivalists for decades, but in recent years its popularity grew with the rise of survival-based television shows, movies, and YouTube videos.
Just as the case is with all tools and gear, paracord isn't the perfect option for all situations and environments. Based on the circumstances you find yourself in, there are some disadvantages to it. Having said that, paracord is some amazing cordage due to its size, strength, and versatility. There are a lot of things that paracord can do, and some of them you may not even be aware of.
Here are eight things you didn't know you could do with paracord…
1. You can break it down easily.
Many types of rope are constructed by taking smaller pieces of material and weaving or twisting them together to create larger and larger pieces.
Paracord is made in a somewhat similar fashion. Paracord is composed of two parts, the inner strands (or yarns) and an outer sheath. The yarns are twisted into long pieces and then covered by the outer sheath.
Most ropes can be taken apart, but it can be difficult to do so because they are so tightly constructed. Also, depending on the material the rope is made from, there can be some "memory" to the broken down strands, meaning they don't easily straighten out.
Paracord, on the other hand, is extremely easy to take apart. Simply cut an end of paracord, and the yarns easily pull out.