How to Cut 550 Para Cord without a Survival Knife

If you have read any of my posts about 550 cord, you can see how valuable it can be to your emergency bug out bag. Below I demonstrate how to cut 550 cord without the use of your survival knife. This technique can be used if you don’t have access to your knife and need to quickly cut a piece of cord to secure something.  

Why you need 550 cord in your bug out bag

550 cord was originally used for the rigging lines of Soldiers’ parachutes during WWII. The specific type of parachute cord use by the military (MIL-C-5040H Type III) has a minimum breaking weight of 550 pounds – hence the term 550 cord. The cord consists of an outer nylon shell which is rated at approximately 300 pounds and 7 individual strands inside the shell that are rated at approximately 35 pounds each. Each of the 7 Continue ReadingWhy you need 550 cord in your bug out bag