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Cordage: Kevlar Survival Cord

Continuing with our cordage series, we have Kevlar Survival Cord; thin, 4 ply, 135 lb test line that's made from the same stuff as bullet proof vests.

Kevlar cord comes pre-wrapped in 20 foot spools, making it quite handy for tossing into a kit. Its compact size means that it can be wedged into even pocket sized survival kits. It weighs practically nothing too, so it's doubtful that it will weigh you down.

As cordage goes, kevlar cord probably will not be your very favorite. It has a plastic feel to it and is only so-so for knot tying. It's yellow. 135 lb test is strong enough for many survival tasks, including most primitive shelter building, but it's obviously not strong enough to support body weight or more.

But, if you need a lot of cordage in not a lot of space, Kevlar cord may be your best bet. The spool of 20 feet is roughly 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches wide and long, and about .4 inches thick. Size wise, the individual cordage strands are on par with a thick thread.

Due to the thinness and strength, the cord also makes for a pretty good improvised saw for cutting through plastics and similar materials.

The kit that the SEALs recently put an RFQ out for lists kevlar survival cord as its main cordage, though they require a higher 188 lb breaking strength. 

Vigilant Gear has spools for $4 a pop >

2 comments :

  1. Could multiple strands of this cord be braided to increase it's strength?

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  2. I know bank line is a bit larger in diameter, but it may be a preferable item to this material - test strength is similar. Wind it around a strong nail or other useful item. I keep the bank line, as well as G.I. trip wire which is wound on a sewing bobbin on the nail. The bobbin will hold approximately 60' of wire if wound carefully. Great reinforcing for construction or overhead support for covers - cordage is important.

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