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How many of you have either purchased or made your own Paracord Bracelet and ever had to unravel it to actually use the paracord? If so, you’ve probably realized how much of a pain it is to untie each part of the Solomon Bar Knot that’s used to tie these bracelets.
Today on our latest Knot of the Week, we’ll show you how to use a Chain Sinnet knot concept to tie a Paracord Bracelet that will allow you to quickly pull apart your bracelet for immediate access to your continuous 10 feet of paracord for emergency use.
This method will take a bit longer to tie than a normal Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet, but if quick access is what you need out of your bracelet’s paracord, then this is the answer.
ITS now offers Mil-Spec Type III Paracord in our store!
Paracord Bracelet » Decorative
(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 4)
**Ratings shown are for Solomon Bar Knot, not the Quick Release Paracord Bracelet**
Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.
- Decorative Bracelet
- Carrying Paracord for Immediate Access in Emergencies
Pay particular attention to the beginning steps of this instruction in the video, photos and description below. If the beginning doesn’t get started correctly, it won’t tie right as you progress through.
This method of tying was first discovered by a Dan, a reader who sent in this YouTube video of a Chain Sinnet Square Knot tied by Andy Smith. In Andy’s video he actually ties this so that the buckles fall off as the bracelet is pulled apart. We’ve chosen to tie this as shown below so that the buckle is retained as the paracord is unraveled.
Note: The buckle we show is a National Molding Weinerlock buckle. These contoured buckles are definitely nice to have when you’re wearing your bracelet all day. You also don’t have to use a buckle and this can be ended in this configuration shown on our Twisted Solomon Bar Paracord Bracelet.
ITS now offers Mil-Spec Type III Paracord in our store!
- Find the middle of a 10-12 ft. section of Paracord and halve it
- Take the middle and girth hitch it into the female portion of the buckle
- Thread the two working ends through the bottom bar of the male portion of the buckle
- Now place what you’ve created around your wrist and tighten the working ends until you have the desired size
- *You’ll want it snug, but not tight, as the pattern we’ll be creating will add some girth to the bracelet
- Once the size is determined, you’re ready to start the pattern.
- Take the right side working end and create a bight (loop) and bring it over the standing center part
- Take the left side working end, create a bight and loop it through the loop you just made with the right side working end
- Ensure the new bight passes through your initial bight from the top, not the bottom
- Pull on the standing right hand strand to tighten the loop that’s now holding your second bight
- Take this secondary left side working end bight and take it under the standing center part
- Repeating the same type of work you just did, you’re now going to create a new bight with the standing right side line
- This bight now passes through the bottom, rather than the top as you just did with the last side
- Now you’re just repeating those steps, alternating from the right side going over the standing part and the left side going around the back of the standing part
- Remember to tighten and push the “knots” down as you go
- As you pull through your last bight near the male buckle, you’ll actually pull this side all the way through and into the female buckle (see photos)
- The opposite strand you’re left with will be also threaded into the male buckle
- Now that both strands are out the backside of the male buckle simply tuck them behind the topmost loop of the solomon bar type wrapping
- Tighten them up and trim to your desired length, in the video you can see that we’ve melted these ends together slightly so that they’ll stay together until pulled apart, but not so much that these ends won’t pull apart
- To quick release your bracelet, simply untuck the ends from the loop and pass them back through the male buckle and unlock the side you pulled through the bight
- You can now pull the two sides of paracord apart quickly to deploy your paracord!
View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above, be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any questions!
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I'm not sure if it can carry quite as much cord, but this version (my personal favorite) deploys faster and is super easy and quick to do (the guy in the video can retie it in 90 seconds!). It doesn't give the same "paracord bracelet" appearance that a hemp/cobra/solomonbar knot/braid does, though.
I appreciate it! I just sat here and made a paracord only version of this. I put a 'button knot' on the end' and a lineman's knot for the loop. I tied the linesman's knot with one strand and ran the second through the 'base' of the knot.
I appreciate it! I just sat here and made a paracord only version of this. I put a 'button knot' on the end' and a lineman's knot for the loop. I tied the linesman's knot with one strand and ran the second through the 'base' of the knot. http://www.animatedknots.com/alpinebutterfly/index.php http://www.satincord.com/knots/flat%20button.jpg
Thanks for the video. This is my first attempt at making a paracord bracelet and I really want to learn how to make this kind. It would be helpful if you used 2 different color cords for contrast in explaining the process in a video. I understand you could not use 2 colors in a real bracelet but for demo purposes it would be helpful. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.
Looks extremely useful. Just tried it, it's my first time creating a paracord bracelet and I ended in complete failure. It would be nice to have the descriptions of what's going on in the pics instead of a generic description. I was very frustrated trying to figure out the vantage points for every picture. "Did it get turned around? Oh yes, I think so..." "which cord was moved... looks like that one but now this other one doesn't look like its in the right place!!!" I write training manuals for a living so it's not like I can't figure things out but oh goodness, I felt just dumb trying to go through this. :( Great job to everyone who was able to complete. If anyone can offer suggestions in these comments, I sure would appreciate it.
Used this to redo my wallet tether. It's a little stiff for that but it seems to work fine. used different hardware to attach of course.
I've done several paracord bracelets. This one, though, is by far my favorite. It took several tries to get it just right but, once finished, it's the best bracelet I have. And I know I can unravel it quickly. Thanks for the post. I really appreciate the knot of the week segment.
I found a way to include an extra three feet or so of cord -based on my wrist size- but I don't know how "quick release" it would be aside from the last bit of yanking on each end to unravel. This tutorial is awesome though, made me think outside the box.
I think you guys are doing one hell of a job !!, Im learning all kinds of good and useful things from your site and am reffering all my friends to you. Sorry I cant help more buy becoming a full fledged member right now, Ive bee out of work for about 2 1/2 years, construction here has takin a bad fall in Miami. I will however commit to becoming a member as soon as I secure a desent job. Thanks again for all the knowledge
I was amazed to see that you can't tell the difference between this quick release and a typical solomon. It was definately a challenge to get started, but the pictures were a great help. I recommend holding the bracelet exactly as in the pictures and working one frame at a time. Once you get the pattern it moves quickly. I would love to test it's quick release but don't want to break it apart yet! Maybe the next one. Great bracelet and great site.
I was amazed to see that you can't tell the difference between this quick release and a typical solomon. It was definately a challenge to get started, but the pictures were a great help. I recommend holding the bracelet exactly as in the pictures and working one frame at a time. Once you get the pattern it moves quickly. I would love to test it's quick release but don't want to break it apart yet! Maybe the next one. Great bracelet and great site. Thanks
Just tied my first tonight. What a challenge compared to the simple solomon bar. I started over about five times. Each time you go through a bite there are two strings to pull tight, one on the bite you just went through and then the working end of the other. Also it helped to pull upward on the end buckle while holding the completed bars to tighten it all together. Good luck!
Made one for my brother, He's going abroad to New Zealand and plans to do a lot of travelling. He's one of those guys who likes to be incredibly prepared to the point of borderline paranoia. This article was great, really explanatory. I got about 10-10 and a half feet into it, keeping it tight, and its made for a smaller wrist. thanks for the help.
Awesome design! I have been making generic paracord/ cobra weave bracelets for some time but never knew about this specific design. Thank you!
Bad Ass...I've seen these things sold for upwards of $10. I just made one with paracord from work for free!!! Need a little more practice though. My loops are a little loose in places and i tightened unevenly so it twisted a little. Anybody have any words of wisdom that may be able to help?
Bad Ass...I've seen these things sold for upwards of $10. I just made one with paracord from work for free!!! Need a little more practice though. My loops are a little loose in places and i tightened unevenly so it twisted a little. Anybody have any words of wisdom that may be able to help? Thanks!
I'm assuming you could just double back going the other way to store twice the cord and make it 2x more manly lookin, just like with a double solomon bar right?
Awesome, looking foward to making mine. For those looking for something different but also quick deploying try a zipper sinnet knot, slightly bulkier than the bar, but a nice alternative.
Just finished tying this one... I have made literally several hundred of the Solomon Bar style bracelets, and have always questioned in the back of my mind how effective it would be in an emergency where time was a factor... this is an INCREDIBLE solution. Bracelet looks and feels great, and it it deploys quickly. Great work! Thanks!
I've been tying a keyfob version of this for years. It's great to have a 6 to 10 foot length of paracord instantly available when you need it. (10 feet gets a bit bulky to carry around in the pocket all the time, but 6 feet is a convenient keyfob size).
Had to pop my paracord bracelet early last year at work to tie off a tourniquet for an injured man. He and I were working on trucks and this particular one was squirrelly. The throttle got stuck open in reverse and we backed up into a sea crate with him becoming pinned between it and the truck (these trucks are yard mules and have open backs for easy access and exit). His ankle was shattered in 6+ pplaces and he was losing TONS of blood. I remember pulling him off the truck and tying the paracord around his leg but not breaking my bracelet. Had I been wearing this type, I could have been even faster in helping him out and getting him more stable. Old methods work but this type works faster and the key in emergency situations is speed and specifics. This type of weave gives you both. Be safe and always be ready for the feces to impact the oscillating rotary: for it WILL... when you least expect it to.
I might tie one of these up this weekend, but when are you guys gonna do an ID badge lanyard KOTW for us desk jockeys who have to wear stupid company ID badges.
(Incorporation of break away knots or connectors, would be double awesome)!
I might tie one of these up this weekend, but when are you guys gonna do an ID badge lanyard KOTW for us desk jockeys who have to wear stupid company ID badges. (Incorporation of break away knots or connectors, would be double awesome)!
I'm going to bed now and begin my meds---earlier I said 3/8"--I meant ½". I've used the 3/8" for kids.
On second thought, as you are putting 4 strands through the buckle, the 5/8" would be the better fit. Thank you.
Nice job. I've made a lot of paracord bracelets but haven't seen this particular variation. You didn't mention the size of the buckle. Although, one could use any size, 3/8" would look best on this particular one--5/8 at the most. Also, you would want a contoured SRB instead of straight in my opinion. I know of one place that offers colors in the buckles. Thanks again and good job.
Awesome bro, that was well done mate. I'm a US ICP paramedic now living and working in OZ. Thanks for the demo, I have been wanting to learn how to make my own, that was perfect......Side note, you OBVIOUSLY love your company and don't take very many vacations, cause the "cap refill defeciency and red blotchyness on the hands screams..," I need more juice, sleep and friggin time off"..hahaha lol. Joking bro, keep up the awesomeness!!!