Paracord, Firecord, Prepcord and now Titancord!
Most preppers and survivalist are familiar with Paracord, but in case you’re not here is a Wikipedia link that explains in great detail what it is. Basically, its parachute cord (hence the name Paracord) that has been adapted for all sorts of prepping and survival uses. Paracord is used in making shelters, lanyards, zipper pulls and many other things. The important thing to keep in mind is that most seasoned preppers and survivalists will advise using at least Type III Milspec paracord. The Wikipedia entry explains it very well.
One of the great features of Paracord, is that it can be used as is or, it can be disassembled into its parts to obtain more uses. Paracord is made up of 7-9 inner woven cotton strands surrounded by a nylon sheath. The individual inner strands can be unwoven and then tied together to make even longer cordage.; say for example fishing line. So a one meter length of Paracord can become a 7-9 meter length of cordage. Or, individual strands can be used for sewing, boot laces and even as tinder. The outer sheath can still be used as cordage too, but it’s breaking strength will obviously be greatly reduced.
But if you’re going to be carrying all that cordage around, why not add a little something useful to it and save space?
Enter Firecord. While the inner strands of Paracord can be use as tinder, they’re not the best tinder and they are only as water proof as the paracord itself. Along comes Firecord.
Be careful when choosing Firecord as I’ve seen several types.
I’ve seen this type which sole purpose seems to be to have a supply of highly flammable and water proof tinder on hand. There doesn’t appear to be any break strength claims with this type of Firecord and its use seems to be limited to mostly tinder in the form of cordage.
Then there is the more aptly named 550 Firecord. (video at the link) The difference with this type of 550Firecord is that it is the more recognized Paracord with an extra strand for tinder. It is rated for 550 lbs breaking strength but has a removable extra strand that can be used for tinder. Removing it does not affect the breaking strength of the original cord. This extra fiber strand has been infused with an accelerant to make it much more flammable than the original cotton strands of the Paracord. Further, this extra strand has been wax-coated to make it water proof. If you need tinder, just expose the inner core, pull out a small piece of the red extra strand, scrape it into a bird’s nest and hit it with some sparks. Flame on!
Well since Firecord seemed such a great idea, someone came up with the idea of Prepcord. Basically, like Firecord, it’s Paracord with an extra inner strand. Only this time the extra inner strand is 8 or 10 lb test monofilament fishing line. Here is an example of Prepcord.
Here again, be careful and make sure the Prepcord is 550 lb breaking strength.
Ok, so far so good. All great individual improvements on the original Paracord. But wouldn’t it be great if you had some Paracord with an extra strand made of copper wire? That way you could carry some snare wire rolled up in your Paracord! But why stop there? Why not combine all three extra strands with some 550 Paracord? Well, someone did! Viola! Titancord!
I hope that gives you a quick overview of some of the different types of cordage available to you.
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