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    Spyderco Forum Registered User spyderHS08's Avatar
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    Paracord size?

    hello all,
    I was wantin to make a couple lanyards for a few knives and other things around here but i cant find any paracord locally to look at. so ive found a few websites but im not sure on size. what is the standard size to make knife lanyards that fits through the lanyard holes? what size do you guys recommend or use?

    any inputs appreciated
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    I recommend http://www.ubraidit.com/supplies-thumbs.php?cat=50
    for paracord. "650 nylon cord with nice body. Averages approx. 3/16" in diameter with four inner filler cords and has a 400 lb or better breaking strength" works great for me.



    BTW the above was made by pulling the inner cords out but I have made many spyderco lanyards keeping the core fibers in as well.
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    I use 550 cord.
    It all varies a little between colors for some reason but most all of it is right at 4 mm.
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    I use 550 paracord with core in and sometimes with core out. Fits through the holes fine, but sometimes requiring a bit of paperclip work

    I usually source mine from Supply Captain and get it shipped over for the cost of an arm and a leg. However those of you living in the US should get it delviered much cheaper.
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    I also use the 550 type.
    Usualy of ebay.
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    I use 550 or 450 paracord for all kinds of stuff. If you weave it into the knife (as you make it. 550 or 450 goes in pretty easy. If you make the lanyard first THEN put it through the lanyard hole, both will be tough. 550 may not even make it through some holes unless its gutted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyderHS08 View Post
    hello all,
    I was wantin to make a couple lanyards for a few knives and other things around here but i cant find any paracord locally to look at. so ive found a few websites but im not sure on size. what is the standard size to make knife lanyards that fits through the lanyard holes? what size do you guys recommend or use?
    Hello -

    I use the 550 paracord from Supply Captain.
    http://www.supplycaptain.com/
    I've found them to have the best prices and most colors.



    If you want to make a lanyard you can take on and off your knife, you'll want to make a lanyard with a loop, so you'll need a lanyard hole that's equal to or larger than 3/16" or any open frame knife with exposed screws. You'll be pushing 2 strands through the hole.



    If you want to make a lanyard permamnently attached, then your lanyard hole should be 1/8". Only one strand through the hols.

    If you gut the paracord (pull out the inner strands) then your lanyard hole can be even smaller. Or you can use some smaller diameter cord - I've used Wellington Sportsman's Cord I get from Kmart but I've only seen it in 2 colors, black and orange.



    You could also put a split ring (key ring) through your lanyard hole and attach a lanyard of most any size.

    I've got some blog articles and links that may further help you on my blog.
    http://devilchasnme.blogspot.com/

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    I think Paracord Central has a rundown on all the available paracord sizes. In general though, 550 paracord works best.

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    550 is the standard I believe.
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    I also really like Supply Captain... sometimes they will post leftover cord from rolls super cheap as well. For a lanyard you do not need a lot so it is nice to get a few different colors instead of a huge length of just one color. I use it a lot for zipper pulls on backpacks, too.

    My local surplus store sells a lot of different colors as well... quality-wise, I trust Supply Captain more, however.

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    I use the 550 also. Beware though not all paracord are equal. I've seen a lot of cheap knock off stuff that I wouldn't touch.

    Also if you're having trouble getting the cord through when it's doubled over, take a single strand of the nylon inside and use that to pull it through.

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    Also note the original question on this zombie thread was from 2008...
    Which Knife, A or B? get Both! (and C, D and E)

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