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!
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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