We continue our look into decorative knots this week with a popular pattern called the Solomon Bar.
You’ve probably seen the Solomon Bar in paracord bracelets, keychains and other interesting projects, and today we’re going to show you how to tie it, and why it’s a great way to carry paracord.
The Solomon Bar pattern resembles repeating square knots and is sometimes referred to as square knotting or a cobra stitch.
Using paracord to make a keychain, bracelet or something else you carry daily, will ensure that you always have some readily available in an emergency.
If you remember back to our article on the
Mini Survival Kit, we recommended that in addition to the kit, you also carry some paracord with you. [Read More…]
The purpose of using a dummy cord on important gear is to prevent it’s loss in a situation where you have a temporary lapse of motor control, or you just plain drop it!
Dummy cording works by tying a line from your person to the said piece of gear, or can be as broad as tying in a motor in case a rouge wave knocks the motor off a Zodiac.
Imagine navigating at night when a branch sneaks up on you and knocks your compass out of your hand. It falls to the ground just as the man behind you conveniently steps on it.
Hopefully in that situation you’d have a backup, “two is one and one is none,” right?
To circumvent the possibility of even letting yourself fall into that position, take a few seconds and dummy cord that compass!
While knot tying is an extremely useful and practical skill set to learn, it can also be used to produce a decorative work of art.
Decorative knot tying can be seen on everything from keychains to huge Navy vessels and everything in between.
Not all decorative knots are purely artistic ornaments, most of them serve a purpose and are rooted deep in tradition.
Tired of breaking bootlaces? Replacing bootlaces with 550 cord is something many military personnel are taught as a remedy for broken bootlaces.
It’s also very practical from a survival standpoint. 550 cord, Paracord or Parachute Cord has a multitude of uses in survival or escape and evasion scenarios due to the seven inner strands contained in Mil Spec 550 cord.