Monday, January 9, 2012

Cordage - An Often Overlooked EDC Item

When a useful length of cordage can be carried in a bracelet,
what's your excuse for not having some?
As many of you know, I am into EDC (everyday carry) items and looking for new items/tools to incorporate into my system. If I find something useful, I like to share it with you, especially if it's something that isn't common knowledge.

Many of you, judging from the poll on the right hand side of the screen, carry wallets, keys, pocketknives, flashlights, but not as many carry cordage. With the ease of which a short length of cordage can be carried, I would suggest incorporating it into your EDC setup.

Cordage can be very very useful. It's hard to imagine some of the situations that may call for the use of cordage until you're in one, and then, you wish you had it with you.

Here's just one recent situation that I came across where cordage has helped me greatly.

It was late at night and I was locking up some doors as I was leaving to go home. There was a set of double-doors that I had to lock, but for some reason only one of the doors would stay shut. There wasn't anyone else around that I could call for help to try and fix the lock, since it was late at night.

Trying to figure out what to do, I remembered that I had some 550 Paracord in my backpack. I took out the Paracord and decided to tie the door that wouldn't lock to the one that would. I tied to doorhandles together from the inside, which prevented the door from opening. I left a note to the custodian that would be there in the morning explaining what happened and I was able to leave for the night without worrying that someone would get in.

Now this is just one use out of many for having some cordage. Since cordage can be easily carried in a pocket, backpack/EDC Pack or even in a bracelet, there is little reason not to have some on you at all times.