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Old 22-02-2016, 15:45   #31
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Re: para-cord

I have also found that the stuff my son's have does not hold knots well at all. It is so slick a bowline flopping around comes apart. (yes I know how to tie a bowline)
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Old 22-02-2016, 17:53   #32
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That's not MilSpec III, it's commercial. Milspec doesn't come in bright colours.
Got to say I don't really care if it is 'mil-spec'. It in fact tests at 550lbs on my bench, and it is nicely and uniformly made. And I like the colors .

as to bowlines . . . they seem to hold perfectly fine.
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Re: para-cord

For the longest time, we only had White and Olive Drab 550 para cord. Don't know if "mil-spec" is in different colors but the spool I bought last year is Black and it's as close to "Mil-Spec" as the stuff I used in the Navy as a parachute rigger for 20 years.

I use it on my boat for all kinds of stuff, and it works extremely well for what it was designed to do as well as what I use it for. Drawstrings, tie wraps, lanyards and a thousand other uses.

Would I use a single length to rock climb? Well no, but several strands together, yep!
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Got to say I don't really care if it is 'mil-spec'. It in fact tests at 550lbs on my bench, and it is nicely and uniformly made. And I like the colors .

as to bowlines . . . they seem to hold perfectly fine.
Got to say, neither do I care. The commercial grade stuff is fine for my purposes too and the multiple colours are very nice.

I was just pointing out that you and Stumble are not talking about the same para-cord when you were discussing whether it is 3mm or 4mm diameter.

Stumble said:
"Mil spec para-cord is actually not 3mm. The Mil-Spec doesn't actually have a size requirement, but it is almost always 4mm. "

and you then showed your non Mil spec cord measured 3.15mm with the comment " Looks like 3mm to me. "

Mil spec 3 ply x 7 is generally around 4mm.
Commercial 2 ply x 7 is generally closer to 3mm

So you are both right. Apples and oranges
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