New Unisex Paracord BraceletMT# PCB-1
Paracord originated in World War II as (you guessed it) … the suspension cord that paratroopers used in their parachutes. Parachute cord (aka paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon rope with multiple layers of cord and nylon string that can hold up to 550 lbs. of weight. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. Despite the historic association of paracord with airborne military units, virtually all US military branches and units have access to the cord because of its many uses. After the military authorized its use by the general public, outdoor enthusiasts around the world quickly realized the versatility and of the paracord. In more recent times, 550 paracord was even used by astronauts during the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1997!