Tip by John Heatherly, author of The Survival Template.
Many of us buy, store and use paracord/550 cord, and for good reason. With a tensile strength of 550 pounds, a paracord line kit can be used for just about anything, to include: securing loads on vehicles and rucksacks; building shelters; setting small-game snares; etc. The possibilities are endless.
Have you ever made use of the inner-core housed within the sheathing of 550 cord? A normal strand contains seven strands of string, each having a tensile strength of about fifty pounds. When paired with a large sail needle, inner-core can be used as high-strength thread. I have used inner-core to repair clothing, backpacks, and blankets with great success. It serves as the perfect thread when sewing heavy-duty canvas or nylon webbing for improvised bags or sheaths for cutting tools. I have also seen inner-core used as fishing line on multiple occasions, many times resulting in a brook trout meal being cooked over the fire!
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Of course, if you have invested in 550 cord as part of your survival kit, you wouldn’t want to carelessly dissect large amounts of it for inner-core. Instead, use inner-core when it is needed and do not feel the need to immediately discard an excess section of paracord that has broken or cut as part of a project. The white strands sticking out of the broken end might just come in handy!
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