|Welcome to Pepperell Braiding Company's website for Parachute cord sales and information. We manufacture Parachute cord in over 20 color combinations and 3 different sizes. (550, 325 and 95). We offer a full line of parachute cord accessories.
Parachute cord (also known as paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope. Kernmantle rope has a core (kern) of long twisted fibers in the center, with a braided outer sheath or mantle of woven fibers). Originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all-nylon construction makes paracord strong.
While the U.S. military has no overall diameter requirements in its specifications, in the field 550 cord typically measures 5/32" (4mm) in diameter.
Despite the historic association of para-ropes with Airbourne units, virtually all US units have access to the cord. It is used in almost any situation where light cordage is needed. Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items, tying rucksacks to vehicle racks, securing camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, and so forth. When threaded with beads, paracord may be used as a pace counter to estimate ground covered by foot. The yarns of the core (commonly referred to as "the guts") can also be removed when finer string is needed, for instance as sewing thread to repair gear, or to be used as fishing line in a survival situation. Ends of the cord are almost always melted and crimped to prevent fraying.
Parachute cord has become very popular among the civilian population. People are making horse halters and harnesses, necklaces, bracelets, head bands, and lanyards in all shapes and sizes. Back packers and survivalists are finding more uses for this cord every day. Now in 3 popular sizes, our 325 and 95 cords are great for jewelry making:
550 Cord is approximately 5/32” or 4mm in diameter
325 Cord is approximately 1/8” or 3mm in diameter
95 Cord is approximately 1/16” or 2mm in diameter
Parachute Cord & Accesories
PO Box 1487
22 Lowell Street
Pepperell, MA 01463
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