This tool is useful for certain paracord projects.
Have you ever made something through hitching or using techniques such as the conquistador braid? Then you know how long it takes to pull the cord through loops at the start. It is very time consuming to say the least. The netting shuttle reduces the time it takes for you to pull the cord through to almost zero! You simply wrap your cord around it and unravel it as you need it.
Rope and seamanship have been connected for thousands of years. Fishermen in particular have worked quite a bit with rope since nets are made from rope. They soon developed tools that ease the work with rope. One of these was the netting shuttle/needle, which was used to speed up the repairs of torn nets.
How is it used
The netting needle is used by simply attaching the cord onto it and unwrapping as much as you need when working with it. In the following video you can see how the needle is loaded for use.
The basic principle is that you wrap your cord so you can unravel it as you go, instead of having to pull and work with the entire length at a time. This reduces the process for some projects significantly. I could not imagine doing certain belt designs or larger paracord pouches without it.
How to pick a good one
You will need to be sure that you can wrap the length of the cord onto the shuttle. This means you will need a shuttle that can hold the right amount of cord.
Shuttles come in a variety of materials as well. I find wood to be the most pleasant to work with, so I would recommend that.
If you can not find a good netting needle online, you can chose to make one yourself. Usually they are carved out of wood.