Paracord Through the Decades

First popularized during World War II as the material of choice for suspension lines of US parachutes, parachute cord quickly proved to be an even greater resource. Airborne Warriors (and even NASA in later years) realized the numerous benefits of using parachute cord (aka "paracord") while conducting operations in the field. Over the decades paracord has established itself as an essential accessory to many military and civilian industries in need of a general purpose utility cord.

Shortly before World War II, Wallace Carothers of DuPont invented a lightweight synthetic replacement for silk aptly named, 'Nylon.' Previously, parachutes were made from silk, a substance in short supply due to its natural production methods – the silkworm. This new synthetic silk transformed airborne warfare by making it possible to mass produce parachute canopy's as well as parachute cord.

Operating behind enemy lines, the paratrooper needed lightweight, versatile, and reliable gear. In comes the paracord workhorse. Paracord's braided sheath has a relatively smooth texture and the all-nylon construction makes it strong, lightweight, pliable, and resistant to rot. Realizing its potential, paratroopers often cut the parachute cord from their chute to save for later use after landing. It was commonly used for tasks such as attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cord to avoid losing small or important items, securing camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, to making pace-counting beads. Once the cord was split open the fibers were also frequently used to stitch torn garments. Its easy to see why the U.S. military would later adopt paracord as part of its standard issued equipment, and continues to do so today.

In the decades following World War II, paracord continued to prove its merit in the civilian and bush-craft arena as well. However, it didn't reach its iconic status until NASA brought attention to the cordage. In 1997, during Space Shuttle Discovery’s 22nd flight on mission STS-82, Paracord was used in conjunction with Teflon coated copper wire and Velcro to repair tears in the Hubble telescope’s insulation material. NASA’s remarkable use of Paracord served to validate the cord’s prowess and establish it as predominant survival gear.

 
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Even when this versatile paracord is braided and strapped to your wrist as a fashion accessory, our remains a handy tool. The same type and quality of paracord used for military and space operations is used to make our paracord bracelets the premium product they are.

Crafted from the highest quality materials, our Paracord Bracelets are manufactured for their utility and reliability. Made in the USA by government-certified manufacturers, our paracord bracelets utilize three types of cordage. It is woven with 12 feet of high-tensile strength, thin nylon cordage around a strand of 100%, Type III Commercial Grade, 550 Paracord raw nylon. The core of our 'Pyre Edition' bracelets feature a strand of 550 Firecord that contains a weatherproof combustible wick material. 

These materials give Soturi bracelets astonishing strength, a unique design, and unparalleled quality we are proud to share. Find yours here today!

 

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