You can’t call yourself a prepper, if you are not familiar with the diverse use of paracord. In the last few years, paracord has certainly become one of the most important tools for every survivalist.
This might surprise you, but paracord has a wide range of usage and can save your life in the coming future. It is always recommended to be safe than sorry. You might face an unforeseen situation tomorrow and need to prepare yourself in order to survive even a worst-case scenario.
After learning about different kinds of paracord knots, you can certainly make the most out of your nearby resources. In this guide, we will teach you how to tie different forms of paracord knots. This can be used by survivalists as well as craftsmen to perform their everyday tasks.
Read on and master the art of paracord fusion ties in no time!
2. Getting Started
Paracord has a diverse usage and features impressive properties likes high-end durability and tensile strength. All of this has made paracord an essential survivalist tool in the present scenario. Not just to help you survive a disaster, it can also be used to perform various outdoor tasks.
Gone are the days when paracord knots were only used by scouts. Due to its wide popularity, it has gradually become an essential part of every household. Before we make you familiar with different kinds of paracord knots and fusion ties, it is important to know all the basics beforehand.
What is paracord?
Initially, paracord was known as a nylon rope or a parachute cord (550-cord). As the name suggests, the rope is made up of different braided strands that are combined together. These nylon/polyester threads are braided together in a pre-designed manner.
The Parachute Industry Association has laid various guidelines that are followed by manufacturers. This is to make sure that only high-quality paracord ropes will reach the market. Since these products are used by military and survivalist, their quality can’t be compromised.
Initially, paracord ropes were used by military, space agencies, and other government funded organizations. Now, the product has become quite mainstreams and is used by people all over the world.
Uses of paracord
Due to its superior tensile strength, paracord can be used to perform a wide range of tasks. These days, different kinds of paracord objects like paracord watches, bracelets, hammocks, belts, etc. are also available in the market. Though, nothing can beat the diverse usage of an old-fashioned paracord rope. Here are a few mainstream uses of it.
- It can be used to create a shelter with the assistance of a few other objects.
- It is also used for packing. Don’t have a bag to carry your essential? Don’t worry! Just tie it all together with a paracord rope.
- You can also use a paracord rope to find a trail if you are lost in the woods.
- One of the most diverse uses of paracord is to make traps in order to catch food.
- If you wish to attain a camouflage in the forest, then paracord ropes can help you in more ways than you can imagine.
- You can also use paracord as a medical aid (to control blood flow or as a support).
- It can be used to create other tools such as a whip, knife, bracelet, etc.
- When you are in the wild, you can use a paracord rope to start a fire.
- It can also help you climb a mountain, hill, etc.
- It can help you repair things and provide a quick-fix to most of the objects.
These are only a handful of ways how paracord ropes can help you in an unforeseen situation. Nevertheless, in order to learn how to make these objects, you need to start from the basics. Move to the next section and learn how to tie paracord in different ways.
3. Paracord Knots & Fusion Ties
When it comes to the application of paracord ropes, the sky is the limit. There are countless of ways one can use the paracord rope and knot fusion ties of different types. Though, before you proceed, you need to make sure that you are familiar with common knots terminology.
- Bight: Folding the rope in such a way that the tail would be beside the starting part.
- Bend: Joining two ropes or lines together.
- Dressing: Arranging the knot is a secure manner (mostly to tighten it at the end).
- Flake a rope: Arranging the rope in a zig-zag manner.
- Hitch: Attaching the rope to some other material.
- Loop: Forming a circle with the rope.
- Hollow braid: A single-braided rope which is loosely woven.
- Tail: The shorter end of the rope.
- Strands: Every rope is made of three strands (ideally).
- Round turn: Encircling an object with the rope.
- Splice: A knot made from one of the strands and not the entire rope.
Great! Now when you are all prepped up, let’s begin and learn how to tie different kinds of paracord knots. Though there are hundreds of knots that one can make using the paracord rope, in this guide, we have handpicked some of the most essential kinds of fusion ties.
If you are a survivalist, then you should definitely know how to tie these knots, as they can come handy to you on numerous occasions. Let’s get it started and take one knot at a time!
Common Whipping Knot
This is undoubtedly one of the easiest knots to begin with. No added tools are required to tie this knot. It can be used to fix a leak or simply provide added pressure to an object. You can also store your paracord rope in this way. In order to tie a common whipping knot, follow these steps:
- 1. To start with, just lay the twine along the rope. Now, encircle it with the rope. While doing so, make sure that you keep shorter distance at each end.
- 2. Keep going the same way and completely wrap the twine while encircling it with the rope. Ideally, you should do it when the wrapping is wider than the thickness of the rope.
- 3. Now, make a bight and run the working end of the paracord through it. The front end of the paracord should be pulled carefully, in such a way that it would complete the whipping. You can always cut the remaining part of the loose end in order to give it a final touch.
Surgeon Knot – Single Rope
It is probably one of the most widely practiced knots related to paracord ropes. It can be used for packaging, creating a shelter, or even making a trap. A surgeon knot can be made by using either a single or two paracord ropes. Firstly, in order to tie a surgeon knot using a single rope, you need to follow these easy steps:
- 1. You can simply place the rope around the object that you want to tie. Now, take the working end and tuck it around the other end multiple times. Ideally, you would be having two working ends of the rope (right and left).
- 2. When it is done, bring each end together and tie another knot. To do so, tie the left working end and simply tuck it around the right one at least twice.
- 3. When each end is secured, bring both the working ends at the top of the previously made knot. Create a single twist and simply strengthen the knot to enclose it by pulling both the end in opposite directions.
Surgeon Knot – Two Ropes
Great! Now when you know how to tie a surgeon knot using a single rope, we can step it up a little. Sometimes, in order to make sure that the knot is safe, we need to use two ropes to tie it. Using two ropes, you can always make a secure surgeon rope.
Though, whenever you are using two different ropes to tie a knot, make sure that they are of different colors. This will help you distinguish them and you would be able to attain productive results in less time. We have also followed the same drill using two different lines (1 and 2).
- 1. Firstly, take two different ropes (say Line 1 and Line 2). Now, cross and turn Line 1 over Line 2. This can be done by taking the working end of Line 1 over the standing end of line 2.
- 2. Now, take Line 2 and simply follow it along Line 1. Take the working end of Line 1 and cross it with Line 2, so that it would come back to the standing end of Line 1 again. Pass the Line 2 underneath the Line 1. This would make two crossing turns of each line.
- 3. When it is done, pick the working end of Line 1 and the other end of Line 2 and make a loop.
- 4. Pass the same ends through another loop.
- 5. Lastly, just pull each end of the lines in the opposite side in order to dress the knot.
Marling Spike Hitch
This is another simple and easy to make paracord knot. You can use it to create a weapon or to serve various hunting purposes. You can tighten a sharp tool with it and use it as per your requirements. No added tool is required to make this knot and you can do it while using a small piece of paracord rope. All you got to do is follow these steps.
- 1. Make an overhead loop in order to start with. While doing so, make sure that the standing part is loose and long enough to complete the rest of the knot.
- 2. Now, with the remaining standing part, make a bight.
- 3. Gradually, take the standing part (and the bight) and place it under the overhand loop.
- 4. You are almost there. Just reeve the bight again passing through the loop. Place the object in between that you want to tighten and pass a toggle to complete the knot.
Chances are that you might have already heard of a slip knot. It is one of the easiest kinds of knots and you can tie it in no time. It can be used to simply tie two objects together or as a weapon as well. Most of the times, it is used to create a noose. You can make it by following these instructions.
- 1. Firstly, make an open loop of the rope by doubling it with itself.
- 2. Take the working end of the line and place it over the double lines of the loop.
- 3. Keep encircling the loop a few times. Ideally, you can make 2-3 turns while circling the double lines of the loop.
- 4. Slide and tighten the end by pulling it in the opposite direction until it forms a noose.
If you wish to join two different ropes together in less time, then you can’t ask for anything better than a square knot. Also known as the Reef knot, it will make it easier for you to combine different small-sized ropes together in no time. To make this knot, simply follow these steps.
- 1. Start by taking two different ropes, say Line 1 and Line 2 that you wish to join. Simply place the right end of the first over the left end of another and twist.
- 2. After twisting the rope, follow the same drill but in the opposite direction. The left end of the rope would be over the right end.
- 3. Twist the rope once again. After making the loop, ensure that both the parts would be pulled at the same time to tighten the knot.
Originally, Monkey’s Fist was practiced by sailors, but today it has become a common fusion tie. You can use it to store a long paracord rope or can even use it as a weapon. The size of the knot depends on the thickness and the length of the paracord rope used. It is a complex knot and you might not succeed in the first go. Nevertheless, you can master it by following these steps.
- 1. Take your paracord rope and start by making at least three wraps around your fingers. While keeping it intact, make three more turns around the middle finger. You can do this by passing the working end of the rope around the gap between your fingers.
- 2. Now, take the working end and encircle the entire system once again. Ideally, you need to do this three times. While doing so, you need to make sure that you are encircling it in a horizontal way.
- 3. Follow the same for the outer loop again and encircle it three times. This will strengthen the entire system and you can finally take your fingers out.
- 4. After putting your hand out, you can see a cavity inside. If you want, you can put any object inside of it as well. For instance, if you wish to make a weapon, you can put a stone inside. Nevertheless, this is not a compulsion.
- 5. Gradually, tighten the entire system, by moving it towards the end of the rope. While doing so, you need to be patient and refrain yourself from pulling it too hard. The knot will be tightened at the end and will stay like that, until you lose it.
It is also commonly known as Ashley’s stopper knot and can be used in plenty of ways. Whenever you need to tie a bulky knot in less time, you can always go for this one. Since it is quite heavy as well, it makes a great alternative to Monkey’s First. Luckily, tying an Oysterman’s knot is far easier than a Monkey’s Fist.
- 1. Start by taking two turns (open loops). While doing so, make sure that the left loop is larger than the right one. You can make these loops by putting both the working ends underneath the standing end to make an intersection.
- 2. Now, take the left loop and simply put it through the other one. Try to keep it a little loose and spacious.
- 3. Place the working end of the rope and pass it through the loop from back to front.
- 4. When it is done, dress the knot by pulling each end in the opposite direction.
If you have thin paracord ropes and you wish to combine them together, then you can always braid them. There are different kinds of braiding techniques that you can use in order to combine different ropes together.
French Sinnet is one of the easiest and most effective of them all. You can use it to create other objects as well (such a bracelets, belts, or lanyards). Ideally, it is used to combine four different strands together. Nevertheless, after learning the technique, you can easily alter the number.
- 1. Try to take four paracord strands, each of a different color so that you can differentiate between them easily. Just place all these strands parallel to each other. If possible, you can clamp their heads. If you don’t have a clamper, then simply put a rock (or a heavy object) at their head in order to keep them secure.
- 2. Start by passing each strand under its immediate neighbor and over its second neighbor. While doing so, make sure that you have maintained an even spacing between the stands and the intersections.
- 3. If you think you are getting stuck, then simply rotate the strands while keeping the head intact. Just follow the rule of thumb: take a strand and push it outside right under one, over one (alternatively) towards the end.
- 4. You can use the same method and use it for any number of strands. Keep going until you reach the required length of the rope. You can either attach it to any other object or simply tie a knot in the end.
While a slip knot could be the easiest way to make a noose, it is definitely not the most effective one. It has been observed that too many times, a slip knot becomes loose and can cause unexpected results. If you have enough time, then you should try to make a bowline knot while making a noose. It is mostly used by sailors and can let you create various other tools with it as well (like hunting traps and weapons).
- 1. In order to start with, firstly take the estimated length of the rope that you would need to tie the knot. Now, create a small loop on one end of the rope and leave the working end intact.
- 2. Take your working end and pass it through the small loop that you have recently made.
- 3. Afterward, place the working end of the loop at the back of the other end. This will create a crossing of both the sides. Place the working end underneath the other end.
- 4. Turn the working end over the crossing and pass it through the loop once again. Cross the working end and pass it toward the front of the loop.
- 5. In the end, simply dress the rope and make sure that you have tightened the knot. Leave the working end’s length long enough, so that it won’t simply pass through the knot.
Now when you know how to tie a simple bowline, let’s step it up a little and get familiar with some of its advanced versions. If you wish to provide an added safety and strength to your knot, then you can tie an advanced Portuguese Bowline as well. Since it puts an equal amount of pressure on both the ends of the rope, it will prevent your paracord from any wear and tear.
- 1. Start by following the first few steps of the bowline. Simply pass the working end of the rope from the loop and keep it long enough to make another loop.
- 2. Keep the initial crossing turn intact, and place the working end underneath it. Pass it to the front, while putting it under the original standing end.
- 3. After securing it, pass the working end through the crossing turn again. Though, this time, you would be passing it from front to back.
- 4. When it is done, dress the knot and pull the rope in the opposite direction. Make sure that the loop is intact during the entire process.
If you are a nature lover and would like to camp, then you should definitely know how to make a tautline hitch. It can be used to create a shelter or a camp without much trouble. Simply use the nearby objects (like trees or branches) and use your paracord rope to create the base of the shelter. If you can’t find an object to support the structure, then you can also dig nails or simply use a heavy object to do the same. You can tie a tautline hitch by following these instructions.
- 1. Initially, just make a simple turn around the object that you wish to tie your rope to. Make sure that you have an enough amount of length to support the entire knot and reach out to your shelter as well.
- 2. Take the working end and coil it twice around the standing end. You can do this by simply wrapping the standing end around it and pushing the working end out.
- 3. Great! You are almost there. Take the working end and make one additional coil. This time, you need to make it outside the initial loop.
- 4. Afterward, simply tighten the knot in order to dress it. Slide the working end outside and release the tension once you are done in order to test it.
If you wish to combine two different paracord ropes together, then you can do it without any trouble while tying a sheet bend knot. Ideally, with a sheet bend, you can join two ropes of the same diameter. Though, at the time of an emergency, you can apply the same technique to different types of ropes too. It has different variations as well. We will start with the most basic kind of the sheet bend knot.
- 1. Firstly, select two different paracord ropes (Line 1 and Line 2). Initially, you need to make a loop in Line 2. Take the working end of Line 1 and pass it through the loop of Line 2.
- 2. After passing it through the loop, tuck it underneath the standing end of Line 2. Make sure that you have an enough amount of length open for the working end of Line 1.
- 3. Now, take the working end of Line 1 and pass it over the loop once again. Make sure that you pass it over and not through the loop. This will make the Line 1 to make a loop of its own.
- 4. Place your hands on the closing end of both the lines and pull them in opposite direction. This will dress the knot in a secure manner.
Tucked Sheet Bend
While the sheet bend knot is quite effective, it might get loose after some time. The closing end of the first line is usually left free, which makes the knot quite unsuitable for the long haul. If you have enough time, then simply make an advanced version of the sheet bend, which is known as the tucked sheet bend.
- 1. Follow the initial steps of the sheet bend. Create a loop in Line 2 and pass the working end of Line 1 through the loop. Fold the working end of Line 1 once again and move it over the loop of Line 2. This will make an additional loop in Line 1.
- 2. You have already followed the same drill while making a simple sheet bend. Now, take the working end of Line 1 again and create another loop while tucking it underneath is standing part.
- 3. Take the working end of Line 1 and the final end of Line 2 and pull them in the same direction. This will dress the knot and the working end of Line 1 would be secured.
Alpine butterfly knot, or commonly known as the butterfly knot is probably one of the most widely known loop knots of all. Not only survivalists, it is also used by farmers, firemen, and people belonging to different professions. It is relatively easy to make and provides reliable results. Since it is non-jamming in nature, you can simply place any object on the loop and use it according to the need of the hour.
- 1. Simply twist the rope twice in order to make it to an 8-shape. Additionally, before you begin, make sure that you have an enough length for the working end.
- 2. Now, fold the top of the 8-figure down and bend it around the bottom of the rope.
- 3. Take the lower opening and simply pull it in an upward direction. You need to pass it through the center loop.
- 4. In the end, simply tighten the rope from both the ends to dress the knot.
It is also known as the “Rosendahl Bend knot” and is usually used by mountain climbers. With it, you can easily join two different ropes together and use it for different purposes. Since the knot is quite strong, it can help you while climbing a mountain with minimum tools.
- 1. In order to start working on a Zeppelin knot, firstly take two different paracord ropes and make sure they are long enough.
- 2. Take Line 1 and form it similar to a 6-shape figure. Similarly, take Line 2 and for a 9-shape figure. This can be done by taking the working end of each rope and simply passing it under the standing one.
- 3. Now, bring both the lines together and lay Line 1 over Line 2.
- 4. Gradually, take the working end of Line 1 and pass it through the opening of Line 2. When it is done, follow the same drill for Line 2 (passing its working end through the opening of Line 1).
- 5. Make sure that you do it in the opposite direction. After passing each line through one another, just pull each end towards the opposite direction to dress the knot.
If you wish to join two paracord ropes of different diameters, then you can go for Carrick bend. It is quite flexible in nature and will give reliable results in no time. It is extremely strong and can even withstand a high level of strain. Due to its high tensile strength, it is used to serve a wide range of requirements.
- 1. As stated, the knot requires two different ropes (Line 1 and Line 2). To start with, take Line 1 and make a crossing turn by intersecting its standing end. This will make a loop. Take the working end of Line 2 and pass it through the loop.
- 2. After passing it once through the loop, take the working end of Line 2 and pass it under Line 1. Move it over the standing end of Line 1 and then under its crossing turn.
- 3. Again, bring it towards the loop and pass the working end of Line 2 through the initial loop of Line 1.
- 4. Cross the opening and pass the working end of Line 2 through it. Lastly, just push the working end of each rope in the opposite direction to dress the knot. You can always apply additional pressure to tighten it.
Icicle Hitch is a classic knot that is usually tied to a parallel pole. If you are repairing something and would like to take care of your safety, then you can always go for this fusion tie. One of the best things about this knot is that it doesn’t need the assistance of any other object (like a clamp) in order to sustain. You can work on this knot by following these steps.
- 1. Take a long paracord rope and turn it around a pole at least three times.
- 2. Now, take the working end of the rope and turn it around the other side of the pole. Make sure that you leave some part of it free in order to tie the remaining knot. When you will do so, it will make a loop. You need to keep this loop wide enough.
- 3. The working end of the rope would be passed to the standing end and through the loop. Again, you need to place it towards the working end while making a bight.
- 4. This will fill the previous loop and create a new one. Now, you got to slide this newly created loop towards the end.
- 5. Simply pull the working end of the rope towards your side while pushing the standing end downward. This will finally dress the knot in a secure manner. You can now place any kind of load parallel to the pole.
Sheepshank knot is ideally used to provide an added support. Within a few seconds, you can create this knot and use it to serve your purpose. Though, you need to know that the Sheepshank knot is not as strong as most of the other knots that we have discussed in this guide are. You can use it to get immediate yet temporary results. It can be made in no time by following these steps.
- 1. Take a long paracord rope and create three equal loops in the same direction. Make sure that you have enough space between each loop.
- 2. Now, lift the middle loop and tuck it inside the center of the first loop by pushing it from front to back. Similarly, tuck it inside the center of the last loop. Though, while doing so, you need to push it from back to front.
- 3. Great! You are almost done already. After expanding the middle loop, you need to dress the knot. It could be a little tricky for the first time. Pull each end of the middle loop in opposite directions. Make sure that you apply an added pressure to hold both the knots. Don’t let anything slip away and make sure that you attain the desired shape in the end.
Now when you are familiar with different kinds of knots, it is important to know how to secure them as well. Almost every knot that we have mentioned in our guide is pretty strong in nature. Nevertheless, as a responsible prepper, you should always tie a backup knot.
As the name suggests, if the primary knot seems to dysfunction, your backup knot can end up saving your life. From climbing mountains to creating a hanging shelter, knots can be used in different ways. When it comes to such extreme situations, you need to walk an extra mile in order to provide safety. You can tie a backup knot after almost every kind of primary knot. All you got to do is follow these simple instructions.
- 1. After securing the primary knot, take the free end of the paracord rope and twist it around the standing end a few times. Ideally, you should do it 2-3 times.
- 2. When it is done, move it towards the primary knot. Take the working end of the rope and push it towards the recently-made loops.
- 3. After passing the working end through all the loops, pull it towards the same side. This will tighten the loop and dress it.
Now when you know how to make different kinds of knots using paracord ropes, go ahead and give it a try. Most of these instructions are pretty clear and you won’t face any trouble while working on these knots. Nevertheless, even if you fail, try it once again and master the art of paracord fusion ties in no time.
We hope you had a great time reading this comprehensive guide about various paracord knots and fusion ties. Paracord ropes have become an essential part of every survival kit. Due to their high tensile strength and elasticity, they can be used to meet different kinds of requirements. From making a shelter to helping you climb mountains, the sky is the limit here.
In order to make the most out of paracord ropes, you need to be familiar with different kinds of knots and ties. In this guide, we have handpicked 20 most essential kinds of knots. From hitches to loop knots, we have covered it all in this guide. This is to make sure that you can use paracord ropes in different ways.
To make things easier for you, we have provided a stepwise tutorial for each knot. Furthermore, we have included various illustrations as well, letting you know how to tie these knots without much trouble.
All you got to do is follow our simple instructions in order to tie these knots. We are sure that you would be able to work on them without any hassle. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and tie some of these amazing paracord knots right away!