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Is all parachute cord equal?
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:00:26 PM »
It's called paracord, 550, parachute cord, and other names.  What's out there and what's the difference between what's out there?

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Re: Is all parachute cord equal?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 03:12:41 PM »

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Re: Is all parachute cord equal?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 10:42:35 PM »
There are many kernmantel cords that are similar to “para cord”, but the real Mil-spec (Mil-C-5040H) cord is fairly easy to ID. Type 3 is the most common and referred to as “550 Cord” due to its tensile strength of 550lbs. In order to be Mil-spec para cord, it must have the following:

- Must have 7, 8 or 9 inner strands
- Each inner strand must consist of 3 separate strands twisted together
- Must have one coloured inner strand. This is the manufacturers ID strand and the specific colour is assigned by the US military