Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On adding fishing kits, handcuff keys, snare wire and wire saws into myBSB - Best Survival Bracelet

The following is a response to an inquiry about adding fishing kits, handcuff keys, snare wire and wire saws into my BSB - Best Survival Bracelet. Names have been changed to protect the innocent!

"Dear Jane,

Thanks for your inquiry and interest in my unique paracord products! I have frequently been asked similar questions about incorporating fishing kits, handcuff keys, snare wire and wire saws into my BSB - Best Survival Bracelet, so I'm going to also use this reply as part of a new blog post!

As a big fan of Cody Lundin's book "98.6 the art of keeping your ass alive", I understand that the overwhelming majority of survival situations are over within 72 hours when simple steps like leaving an itinerary are taken. The most important task facing the "lost" person is maintaining core body temperature. Shelter and fire are important means to that end. The BSB - Best Survival Bracelet (pat. pen.) includes all the average person needs to make a fire, along with multipurpose paracord which can simplify the process of shelter building. In 98.6, Cody argues that food is lower on the priority list and elegantly debunks the notion that fishing kits are critical survival gear.

On saws, snare wire and handcuff keys: With all due respect, I believe that integrated handcuff keys have crossed the line into insanity. Sure one of these may prevented Merle from having to cut off his hand to avoid falling victim to dehydration and zombies on the Walking Dead, but for you and I? If covertly freeing yourself from handcuffs is on your priority list, you really have bigger problems than I can help with ;)

Wire saws are often junk, particularly those small enough to be worked into a bracelet. They break and are not really necessary. In a survival situation firewood need not be cut to even lengths and stacked pretty. Longer logs can be laid right over the fire, thicker sticks can be snapped in the "v" of two trees.

Snare wire would similarly add bulk and is not critical for the same reason as the fishing kit. If desired, paracord can be utilized to fashion traps and provide fishing line and there are ways to field improvise a hook!

In summary, I believe the addition of fishing gear, saws, "knives" etc. to a bracelet are unnecessary. They lead to a gaudy, bulky, uncomfortable wrist-trinket unsuitable for EDC. Sure I could probably make a lot more money and appeal to the Bear Grylls masses by offering such products, but I believe that those bracelets will soon be cast off, no longer there when truly needed. I seek to make the best quality 550 cord gear for true outdoorsman, hunters, hikers, survivalists and preppers. Leave those baubles to the armchair survivors and mall ninjas. This is what sets the BSB apart - form and function. Ours is the original and only BSB - the others are just BS!"

Written by Kevin Gagne

Monday, December 10, 2012

Philly Eagles football fan paracord monkeys fist knot gear!

Recently completed an order for a die hard Philly Eagles football fan. This is almost a complete line of my paracord monkeys fist self defense creations in hunter green and black. These paracord accessories will wear nicely with his game day gear and help him maintain order among his friends during tailgating parties!

Written by Kevin Gagne

A new variation of the four-strand-out paracord monkeys fist knot creation!

In my recent blog post Paracord monkeys fist knot with 4 strands out, I introduced a new monkeys fist configuration that results in 4 supportive strands of 550 cord coming from the monkeys fist knot. In my second variation shown below, I left out the "mickey ears" and carried the snake knot all the way up to form a "handle". I think this version would raise more eyebrows than the other one, which blended with my car keys so well, I actually traveled on the plane with it twice. Please keep an eye on my Paracordist YouTube channel for some how-to videos on this soon. Once I sort out my favorite configuration, I'll likely be offering a new paracord monkeys fist self defense product or two!

Written by Kevin Gagne

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Uses for Paracord - field expedient flip flop repair

Had to draw upon the trusty 550 cord in my pocket for a brand new reason - fix my daughters flip flops. It wasn't the most elegant solution or the most comfortable but it would get us through the day! A sheet bend knot to the remaining portion of the shoe and a figure 8 stopper knot on the bottom.

Written by Kevin Gagne

Friday, December 7, 2012

Paracord monkeys fist knot with 4 strands out

This is my latest paracord creation, which i think will lead to others and potentially a new item for the store. After getting a sample monkeys fist fob from my friend & talented knotter Martin Combs, my wheels started turning. First to figure out how to be fob was created, Then onto variations of the design. The most interesting thing about this, is that you can create the entire thing with a single-strand and still have four paracord strands coming out of the monkeys fist knot. This creates all kinds of options, particularly for those concerned with the stability of swinging a heavy monkeys fist supported only by one or two cords. I'll do a how-to YouTube video on this concept, but for now hopefully this schematic will make the process somewhat understandable for many of you.

First I began with the lanyard knot. Aka 2-strand diamond knot to form a loop. I then begin tying the monkeys fist knot using one of the working ends. I work it so the lanyard knot ends up as the middle pass of the second series. The third and final series of passes for the monkeys fist go as follows: The outer two rows on either side pass over the working strands out of the lanyard knot, the middle pass goes between/under the two working ends.

Where the paracord ends emerge from the monkeys fist I added Celtic button knot Mickey ears. The paracord ends are then sent up into the lanyard knot to double it. After emerging from the top of the original diamond knot, they were used in a short length of snake knot.

I sized the loops to allow for a Lofty Wiseman style thumb thong grip. In total I used approximately 14' of 550 cord. The insert is a1" lead ball. I love the increased weight and less bounce off from impact. I also sized the length coming out of my fist to allow a bounce back to clear my hand and not whack my knuckles.

Written by Kevin Gagne

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Working progress on a new Paracordist creation!

Working on a new Paracord creation - monkeys fist with four strands out, applications are endless! Stay tuned for fully dressed prototype, detailed blog and video explanation!

Written by Kevin Gagne