Paracord Sizes and Buckle Sizes
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Paracord Size Chart
Here is a quick graphic giving a visual comparison of the different diameters of cord in the paracord "family".
From largest to smallest, cord types and approximate diameters are as follows:
- 2650 BattleCord Paracord (1/4" or 6mm)
- 650 Flat/Coreless Paracord (1/5" wide or 5mm)
- 7 strand 550 Paracord (5/32" or 4.0mm)
- 425 Tactical Paracord (1/8" or 3mm)
- 325 Tactical Paracord (1.8" or 3mm)
- 275 Tactical Paracord (3/32" or 2.38mm)
- Type 1 Paracord (1/14" or 1.85mm)
- Micro Cord (1/20" or 1.18mm)
- Nano Cord (1/33" or .75mm)
Again, these sizes/diameters are approximate and vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Buckles Size Chart
On buckles, the size measurement refers to the width of the inside of the slot (which is found on both ends of the buckle). Cord wraps through the slot when you make items.
3/8 inch buckles are our most popular size and are appropriate for bracelets and other products that are use 1 or 2 lengths of 550 paracord. If you need to push more than 2 cords through the slot, we recommend a larger buckle.
In general, children and smaller adults like 3/8 inch buckles. Many men prefer wider bracelets and larger buckles.
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Why choose us:
Best selection – Over 600 colors including all the most popular cords.
Best value – You won’t find better prices anywhere
Fast shipping – We ship within 24 hours of your order (except Sundays)
No back-orders – No waiting for back-orders. We only sell what we can ship immediately
Highest quality – All our paracord is the highest quality. We offer both USA and imported paracord. It is perfect for survival bracelets and much more.
When it comes to survival bracelets there are about as many different ways to make them as there are cars on the road, the most common being the cobra weave.
Paracord has a varity of uses, everything from shoelaces to utility rope and the inner strands have been known to be used for everything from floss to fishing line in emergency situations.
Here is a quick history of paracord
Paracord was first used during World War II as the main suspension lines for paratroopers. When it was first given to the troops they quickly found many uses for it in surviving the trials of battle. Since then it has been produced for the civilian market.
Paracord has been used for just about everything from making decorative paracord bracelets to active military service, it has even been used in space when the Hubble Space Telescope was repaired.
Paracord comes in many different shapes and sizes, the military standard has a nylon sheath that covers the 7 individual nylon strands that make up the “guts” or inside of the cord.
When paracord is braided it has many uses in everyday life. It can be used for the ever popular bracelets but also has been used for:
- Wraps for handles
- Key chains
- Bottle carriers
- Dog Leashes
- And so much more!