What’s with the “survival” part of a paracord bracelet? The truth is most folks like the way they look. For others the meaning they hold for LEOs and Military personnel and their families, The majority of those who wear paracord bracelets will most likely never deploy them in a true survival situation.
So while “survival bracelets” have now hit the mainstream, these versatile accessories really started in the military. They were an easy way to carry this very strong and useful cord to have it on hand in case you need it.
This comes from the fact that parachute cord is strong and versatile. Parachute cord, paracord, para-cord or 550 cord are all names to describe a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used as suspension lines of U.S. parachutes. The 550 cord consists of a 32 strand woven nylon outer sheath with an inner core of seven, 2 ply nylon yarns.When it comes to using this cord in a survival situation, not all paracord is created equal. Especially now that China has jumped on the paracord bracelet bandwagon! Don’t count on that being military grade or having the tensile strength you would need in a survival situation.
That is why it behooves you to know where the cord for your items is manufactured. Unless of course you just want to make a fashion statement — then this paragraph is a moot point.
All of my products are made in the U.S.A. with mil-spec MIL-C-5040H type III requirement cord and have a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds (that’s where the 550 comes from). My cord comes from the same U.S. factory that is a government contractor to supply the military, so quality is assured.