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Knot of the Week: Paracord Deployment Lanyard

By The ITS Crew

Paracord Deployment Lanyard

The Paracord Deployment Lanyard has been a long time coming on our Knot of the Week and much like our last KOTW on the Paracord Storage Lanyard, this too is a request from a reader.

This lanyard enables you to not only carry paracord ready to use, but can quickly deploy various lengths of it in a way that’s easy to manage. As most know that have worked with stored paracord, it can easily become unwieldy and tangled.

Just as the storage lanyard keeps paracord ready to deploy, the deployment lanyard is a vast improvement that we think you’ll immediately integrate.

Paracord Deployment Lanyard » Misc.

(Strength: 2/Secure: 3/Stability: 2/Difficulty: 2)

Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

This method for storing paracord can be used in nearly any length of Paracord, but for this demonstration we’ll be using 25 feet.


  • Keeping paracord handy and ready to use at a moment’s notice
  • Decorative way to store paracord
  • Storing paracord in a “fob” design that can be quickly deployed

Tying Instructions:

Paracord Deployment Lanyard

  1. Start by creating a bight in one end of the paracord, using a closed fist as a height guide.
  2. *Ensure that the amount of bight exposed above your closed fist is the size that you’d like your “loop” to be.
  3. Take the working end of this bight and melt it to the standing part of the paracord.
  4. *You may need to heat up the standing part of the paracord as well to get it to bind.*
  5. After the bight is secured and a loop has been made, start either wrapping the paracord around your hand like the pictures below, or in loops like in the video.
  6. *Leave yourself a length of around six feet at the end to start making the overwrapping for the deployment lanyard.*
  7. Starting near the top of the wrapped paracord, wrap a lock into the paracord (see video) and continue to tightly wrap downward.
  8. At the end of the wrapping, simply tuck the working end into itself and melt it down for added security.
  9. The loop can now be used to hook onto a keychain or carabiner for fast deployment of your paracord.

Video and Photos

Click here to view the full photo set on Flickr

A special thanks to Thunder Chicken for suggesting this Knot of the Week!

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  • Jake Bye

    I like it! Going to come in very handy!

  • wayne

    Thanks. Good to know another way to “spool” the ol’ 550. It might be good to mention, to those not familiar working with paracord, that when one melts an end, be careful. I’ve seen some get burned by the molten nylon. I sometimes like to use an old pair of jersey garden gloves to prevent any skin burns.

  • johnyD

    Makes it easy to have several clipped on the Away kit and the Medical kit, – ready for service- Thanks

  • Ron

    I keep one of these hooked to my bug out bag, as well as my pack when I am traveling. Semper Fidelis

  • JimB

    this is an awesome way to carry and quickly deploy your paracord….made quite a few for friends too. Thanks for sharing with us all…..y’all ROCK!

  • KEV

    I learned this from EDC forums as the Hayanawa fast rope back in 2007.

  • John

    Great tip! But I was wondering if there isn’t a good alternative where you can pull out the other end and cut off the length of paracord you need? With this method, it seems like you need to retie everything after you have pulled out and cut off a few feet (or however much you might need at the time).

  • Mike Hunt

    Great idea! I like how you melted the para cord to it’s self, creating a quick release from the carabiner.

  • Rancher1school

    I bought some in 550 cord in yellow and pink. I made a 35 foot section and will attach it to my CERT pack. The intended use is when I go into a building after an earthquake, I can deploy the cord as a method to find me in the event of an aftershock and the building collapses on me. I think I may need a longer section though.

  • Leland Braunstien

    Like to learn how to retie my samarai swords and make Vietnam bracelts with the more than 3 colors.

  • skullboy

    I like this very much, the only addition I would make is using some heat-shrink tubing to further secure the fused loop, so there is no chance of pulling apart.

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