Today I show you how to make a trilobite paracord bracelet, modified for survival purposes.
As you may know, I am an advocate for quick deploy techniques when making survival items. This is why I made a quick deploy version of the trilobite paracord bracelet (often referred to as the ladder rack bracelet). Unlike the regular version though, this one is made out of a single piece of cord and can be unraveled in a matter of seconds. It is wider than many bracelets such as the solomon bar and fishtail bracelet, which does increase the amount of cord it can store. It is a bit harder to make than the quick deploy fishtail paracord bracelet, but still on the easy end. In fact, I made this tutorial based on that design, just included another core, bringing this bracelet up to 6 core cords. As such, this bracelet holds a formidable cordage and if you like the look, you should give it a go.
I used the ball and loop design, but this could be easily adjusted to fit a shackle instead.
- Difficulty: medium
- Cord storage: medium
- Child friendly: no
- paracord in the color of your choice
- a lighter to melt paracord ends
- knife or scissors for cutting
- a dowel or a piece of wood. I use this to make sure that my core bights (as seen in the tutorial) are of equal length
Quick deploy trilobite paracord bracelet tutorialThe bracelet is started by first making a stopper knot, such as a celtic button knot onto one end of the cord. We then form three bights at the bottom, as seen in the images below. The length from the knot to the bight end is your wrist circumference. I use a stick or dowel to make sure that the bights are equal in length, which is important. After this is established I use a simple weaving technique to form the bracelet. When I reach the length I want (meaning the bights), I lock it off and form the loop by passing the cord through all three of the loops, twice. At that point I make an overhand knot to ensure that the cord does not run away, cut the cord, melt and I am done!
If you want to have a tight bracelet, consider tightening the weave from top to bottom.
Now for some images: