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Preview – Unusual Suspects – Paracord-Wrapped Knives

Paracord is “in” and it’s everywhere. You can’t go to a range, campground, or hiking trail without spotting at least a few people sporting Survival Straps or similar accessories made of cord. And for good reason: this type of rope is tough, lightweight, and highly versatile. What once was used for lines in U.S. parachutes during World War II has evolved into a general-purpose utility cord. You can find “550 cord” (so-called because the most common type is rated with a 550-pound breaking point) on everything from lanyards to backpacks. Just look at the knives on these pages.

The fixed blades here all feature paracord-wrapped handles. Some might scoff at this grip material, but we’ve come to realize that, just like with firearms, it’s all about using the right tool at the right moment. For example, we’re not going to use a cord-wrapped knife to filet fish or to go scuba diving. But 550 cord properly tied around a reliable, full-tang blade can serve admirably in the field.

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Make: Medford Knife & Tool
Model: NAV-H
OAL: 9 inches
Blade Length: 4 inches
Blade Material: D2 tool steel
Weight: 13 ounces
MSRP: $400
URL: www.medfordknife.com

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Make: Benchmade
Model: 375BK Adamas
OAL: 9.03 inches
Blade Length: 4.2 inches
Blade Material: D2 tool steel
Weight: 5.6 ounces
MSRP: $160
URL: www.benchmade.com

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Make: Coye Knives LLC
Model: Light Horse
OAL: 9.5 inches
Blade Length: 4.5 inches
Blade Material: S35VN stainless
Weight: 6 ounces
MSRP: $325
URL: www.coyeknives.com

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