In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the primary methods available to you if you’re looking to finish paracord ends with a positive appearance. Paracord is highly useful for a number of different applications, each of which may require slightly different end finishing and other practical basics for proper safety and other factors.
At Paracord Galaxy, we have a wide range of paracord options available, from our 550 cord to paracord options for outdoors, camping, hiking and many other needs. There are so many good options out there for finishing paracord ends that we couldn’t fit them all into a single blog – here are a few more choices at your disposal depending on your precise needs.
In part one, we were very clear about not burning paracord ends when using the melting format for end finishing. When aesthetics are a concern, this kind of burning is a negative you want to avoid.
But in some cases, you can actually burn the ends intentionally. If you have black paracord to work with, for instance, you can burn the ends to the point where the cord will hold a flame all on its own. However, a couple basic precautions to take here:
- Only burn paracord ends in a safe, well-ventilated area that doesn’t contain fire hazards. The ventilation is important because burning paracord properly creates a bit of a foul odor, and you might get a headache if the space is too confined.
- Be ready to blow out the flame immediately if it gets out of control, and ensure you know where the fire extinguisher is in case of an accident.
Cutting Shorter Core Strands
If your primary goal with finishing the ends of your paracord is simply avoiding the presence of white marks from core strands, one good option is to just cut the core strands a bit shorter than the outer yarns. Once the cord is set at the proper length, pull back on the sheath to expose the core strands. Cut these strands, then pull the sheath back over. Be aware that you usually need at least an inch of cord, as performing this task with less can be tricky.
For a method that includes no flame or melting, you can simply tuck the ends of your paracord underneath knots you’ve tied already. This is a common finishing method for those using paracord for bracelets or similar projects – you’ll need forceps or some pliers, which you can wrap the cord around while tying slightly loose knots. From here, tuck your ends underneath the knots and pull everything tight, then trim your ends, which will stay put if you’ve tied the knots correctly.
For more on finishing paracord ends, or to learn about any of our paracord or rope products, speak to the staff at Paracord Galaxy today.