Only a few fashion accessories can actually save your life. Survival watches and survival belts are two major accessories that come to mind.
But there is one survival accessory that supersedes all. It’s the almighty paracord bracelet.
Survival bracelets are typically made from paracord, and most of them include useful survival tools.
But paracord bracelets for survival only recently became popular among the civilian populace. While the military has been issuing paracord for a very long time.
From its inception in the world war times, the paracord has proven to be extremely useful for survival. For the military, its usefulness is on the battlefield.
Paracord is inclusive in the astronaut’s list of gears – you know; the one NASA sends into space!
So it is obvious that survival bracelets are a valuable item to own. But there are far too many of them on the market today.
Some bracelets are standard and precise. Some bracelets come equipped with an arsenal of survival tools packed into them. These are practically small survival kits unto themselves.
So today, to help navigate through the sea of options, we’ll cover a few of the highest-rated survival bracelets, and so much more:
- The life-preserving capabilities of a paracord
- The best survival bracelets on the market today
- A DIY survival bracelet tutorial
- A DIY complex paracord survival bracelet tutorial
- The Best Survival Bracelet Uses
Before we proceed, let’s admire the paracord.
What Is A Paracord?
The dominating survival material that makes up most paracord survival bracelets. Paracord was initially known as the “parachute cord.”
It’s a high-tensile strength nylon cord that made its debut in World War II. It was made to hold together paratroopers’ parachutes. Its invention created an avenue for a whole new type of airborne warfare.
Suddenly, paratroopers were jumping out of planes over a war-torn Europe. Entrusting the nylon parachute cord that held their chutes together with their lives.
Even after the paratroopers landed, they found lots of new ways to put the material to use.
It soon became a common practice to strip the parachute of its paracord cord after landing, to make further use of it.
Since then, the paracord became a standard issue for soldiers in the US army. It’s a high utility survival material that’s easy to access whenever you’re in need of it
As previously stated, NASA also makes use of the paracord. They have now added the paracord to their extensive cargo list. A list that only consists of the lightest weight and most useful materials known to man.
It is useful and good enough to “make the list” for space. It was even used on a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope to help in the improvised repairs that were made
The paracord is indeed badass stuff.
It is also a great addition to your bug out bag, your get home bag, or survival pack, even if you’re not interested in putting it on as a bracelet.
THE BEST SURVIVAL BRACELETS
If you’re looking for the “best” survival bracelet, the good news is, there are a lot of options to make your choice from. Here are a few of the highest-rated paracord bracelets, along with our notable favorites:
1. The Military Bracelet equipped with a Fire starter
This slick and extremely useful wrist accessory comes with 10 feet of 500 lb tensile strength green paracord. It also includes:
- A small compass
- survival whistle
- An emergency knife
- A stainless steel fire scraper
- And a flint flare starter
Being able to use your bracelet to start a fire, navigate, and as a signal for help are critical skills in a desperate situation. Not to mention all the paracord and a knife to cut it into segments.
This survival bracelet is a five-in-one survival accessory, and yet it still looks inconspicuous and absolutely normal.
2. The Friendly Swede Paracord survival bracelet; fitted with a fire starter
If you’re looking for an “all-in-one” bracelet that packs tons of survival gear into a wrist accessory – this exact bracelet is what you’re looking for. There are only a few things they left out of this survival package. It has;
- Fishing line
- Fishing hooks
- Sinkers and bobbers
- Fire-starting materials
- Safety pins
- And a small blade
These are just some of the many resources in this paracord bracelet fitted with a fire starter. If you ever find yourself lost in the wild, there isn’t a better bracelet to have on hand – because this one has it all.
3. The Titan paracord survival bracelet
Though the rest of the cord bracelets here are multi-tools, this is hands down the most basic one that made the list. But do not be fooled by its simplicity.
A lot of military personnel do not wear high-tech, expensive bracelets with 30- different tools. Instead, they go for the simple ones.
The paracord is so versatile and has an array of uses. it’s a multi-tool by itself.
The Titan survival bracelet is made with a stainless steel bow shackle clasp. A secure clasp that can hold up to 1,650 static pounds of weight.
And the best part of it is that It comes with a lifetime guarantee. So if there are any issues with your TITAN survival bracelet, all you need is to let them know for a full refund or replacement.
4. The leather man thread survival bracelet
Unlike most of the other survival bracelets on this list, this is one that isn’t made of paracord. It uses stainless steel “tread” piece and can be adjusted so the bracelet fits perfectly.
That’s not the only difference this model offers. Also unlike other bracelets, this is quite literally a mechanical box on the wrist
- A host of box-wrenches
- Both flat and Phillip’s head screwdrivers
- An oxygen tank wrench
- A socket drive adapter
- Bottle opener
- SIM card “pick”
- Carbide glass breaker
- And a cutting hook
While this bracelet may not be ideal for wilderness survival, it’s a reliable accessory for surviving in urban conditions.
If you’re out riding a 4-wheeler or dirt bike or need to fix a radio having this survival tool with you is your best option. No other bracelet offers these unique types of mechanical tools.
5. The Paracord bracelet survival gear
The final bracelet I want to point out is the Paracord bracelet from Survival gear company. It includes a heavy-duty 550 reflective paracord that can handle serious stress and weight.
The versatile survival bracelet claims to be a 19-1 multi-tool and it’s adjustable for any wrists that measure between 7-9 inches. It contains;
- Extra Strong & Loud Whistle
- Knife Blade & Fire Scrapper
- Fire Starter
- Fishing Lines (2X10 ft)
- Fishing Hooks (2X)
- Alcohol Pad
- Swivels (2X)
- Fishing Sinkers (2X)
- Floaters (2X)
- Safety brooch Pin (2x)
How To Make A Survival Bracelet
Maybe you like the idea of having paracord survival bracelets of your own, but you don’t want to source out the cash to buy one. Or maybe you believe you can make an even better one yourself…
That’s understandable. Especially since the paracord is a very affordable survival resource. If you want the survival bracelet, but don’t want to purchase one, you can simply learn how to make a cord bracelet.
There are a lot of advantages to learning this skill. First off, you’ll know how to tie a paracord bracelet. This means that even if you use the one you puchased, you’ll be able to tie it back together when you’re done.
Secondly, it gives you the ability to make one from scratch in a dire widespread survival situation.
And lastly, they make for excellent survival gifts for family and friends that wish to up their survival game.
Believe it or not, it’s quite easy to make one. You need only a few supplies and some patience. Here’s a rough and dirty guide on how to craft your very own paracord bracelet:
The supplies Required
- 10 feet of 1/8th-inch diameter 550 paracords (choose any color(s) of your preference)
- A measuring tape
- Paracord clasp
- Scissors or a knife
- And a lighter
Take your wrist measurement with the paracord.
To do this, simply hold one end of the cord, and wrap the other end around your wrist. Mark the cord where it meets the end, and that length against the ruler/tape measure to get the length in inches.
You can write that number down, so you don’t forget it.
Find the center of the 10-foot cord and break it in half.
Run the folded center through the male buckle. Then take the two loose ends and run them through the loop that has been created.
Pull those two ends through, and it will tighten around the buckle.
Slip the other (female) end of the side release buckle up along the two strands of the folded paracord. Then place it at the length of your wrist measurement.
Fold the two loose ends back up towards the male piece of the side release buckle. The paracord should now be folded in a way that there are four parallel strands between the top and bottom buckle.
The name of the knot used to make survival bracelets is the “cobra stitch,” and as far as survival knots go, it is an easy one.
Now Take the loose end of the cord on the left and fold it underneath the two center strands towards the right. Then take the right outside strand, and fold it over the top, towards the left, running the end through the loop created by the left strand. Reverse and repeat this process.
As you make your way down the bracelet, make sure that you are applying even pressure to every loop. Otherwise, your bracelet will end up being uneven and wonky.
Once you have cobra stitched your way down the bracelet length, there’ll be a little bit of leftover paracord.
Cut this off, and use your lighter to fuse the end strands together to prevent it from fraying. And voila! You’ve successfully made your very own badass paracord bracelet.
The Best Survival Bracelet Uses
Okay, so you have purchased (or made) your survival bracelet, you are wearing it, and now you’re stuck in a tight situation. Perhaps you got lost hiking through the woods; maybe you’re trapped by a freak snowstorm in the mountains.
Now you have no alternative but to spend the night – or even a couple of days – out in the wilderness surviving. It’s only then that you realize, you have absolutely no idea how to use paracord for survival purposes.
Totally not good. That’s not a situation you would want to find yourself in.
The first rule of buying a survival tool is to fully understand how to use it. Otherwise, it doesn’t do anyone any good. And with something like paracord, the survival applications are endless.
The only limit is your imagination (and the amount of paracord you have on hand). If you can imagine it, you can use paracord for it.
Here are some of the most popular uses for your bracelet:
Securing Tarps or Tents
Paracord can be used to pin down survival tents or tarps to the ground or onto heavy objects. You can also use it to drape tarps over, to make a makeshift shelter in times of need.
Making a tourniquet
When are in need of a tourniquet, there’s never a whole lot of time to shop around for one. That’s why having a paracord, which you can wrap and twist into a tourniquet, is very useful.
Fitting a splint to a broken limb
You can use a lot of things to make splints: tree branches, ski poles, trekking poles, etc. But securing the splint to the broken body part can often be tricky. That’s where paracord comes in handy.
Fastening small boats to a dock
If you have a kayak, a canoe, a raft, a paddle-board, or any other type of small floatation device, a paracord is a way to go. It will prevent your boat from drifting off and leaving you stranded.
You can pull the fine inner threads out of a length of paracord; you have some strong sewing thread. This thread can be used to fix torn clothes or to even stitch together deep lacerations in a pinch.
Tying People Up
The Paracord works great for lashing hands and feet together if you need to neutralize a threat.
You’ll need more than 10 feet of paracord for this purpose. But if you’ve got enough, you can fashion a pair of make-shift snowshoes so walking through deep snow is easier.
If you’ve ever broken a shoelace? Ever tried hiking in boots after the lace broke? Then maybe you know how impossible and frustrating it is.
That is not a problem with a length of paracord clipped on your wrist.
Making a raft
If you’re stuck on an island and need to lash several logs together, you’ll be glad you have paracord. Not only will it help keep the logs together, but it will also offer a lot of durability and flexibility to the raft.
Making a spear
If you find yourself a sharp stone or piece of metal, or your survival knife and use your paracord to fasten it onto the end of a long stick and you have crafted a spear. A spear can be used for self-defense and for hunting.
Making a sling or monkey fist (weapon)
Slings are known to be one of the oldest, simplest, and most effective hunting tools. All you need to make one is a small pouch and a length of cord.
The good news is that a paracord works exceptionally well for these because it is such a durable material. Monkey fists are also a very dangerous weapon you can craft using a rock and paracord.
Making a sling (medical)
Shoulder injuries occur often in survival situations. With a length of paracord, you can create a makeshift sling and easily lash an arm to someone’s body.