depending on your method, you may end up with an unsightly bump where the melted ends are joined. You can smooth this bump out by rolling the paracord between your fingers, but unless you have asbestos finger tips like mine (from a few years of manual labor). This traditional method might not be the best option. FEAR NOT! There is an alternative! With a few more steps and a few simple tools, there is a method of joining paracord that doesn't involve burning your fingertips! Cue the Manny Method of joining paracord. I didn't originally plan on doing a tutorial for this technique. But it was brought to my attention from Manuel himself that a majority of the tutorials on YouTube for the Manny Method are INCORRECT. I was intrigued as to how this simple method could have been done incorrectly. So after some discussion and a link to a video that displays the correct technique, I felt the need to do my own tutorial on this. So, you may be wondering what the "incorrect" method entails and basically a majority of the tutorials involves cutting the sheath of the paracord in order to make the opening for the strand of paracord to go through. This is incorrect as cutting the sheath weakens the paracord as severing the fibers means that the sheath could end up fraying further and unraveling. THIS MAKES TOTAL SENSE! I've seen these videos before and I guess the notion just didn't occur to me. I am also in no way putting these other tutorials down, but based on what I've been told by Manny himself the proper method does boast a superior bond.
together very well and it sometimes comes apart even after fusing. So this is also a great method if you're in that situation. I'll still use the traditional method when I make bracelets, simply due to the fact that I tend to be lazy. :P But anyways, I hope you all make great use of this excellent method for joining your paracord! -WOE
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