When I was younger I remember watching Saturday morning cartoons and always being annoyed by the commercials. One of the commercials I always remember is the ones for Reese’s where the chocolate and peanut butter end up together by accident. I had one of those moments over the weekend that resulted in the Para-Lighting cable.
I was cleaning out my work briefcase, trying to get everything organized. I had taken out the collection of charging cables and laid them on the counter, which happened to be next to a spool of paracord that I had picked up. With that a great idea was born, or as I would later learn from a quick google search “Reborn”.
Every article or list I read for putting together a get home bag, bugout bag, or emergency kit will typically include paracord. That is because it is so versatile and easy to work with. I found myself always finding new uses for paracord around the house from securing new trees to replacing broken shoe strings. While all my kits and toolboxes have paracord I never considered adding it to my EDC for the office. With the Para-Lighting cable, I am able to have almost 40ft of paracord in my briefcase and it doesn’t even look out of place.
For this project, I used a very basic Cobra weave. This is a very simple knot to use especially if you are just starting out, it is like tie your shoes (several hundred times in a row). I used the following materials:
- 1 – Apple standard length apple cable (1 m)
- 40ft – Paracord color of your choice
Prepare the Supplies
- Cut a piece of paracord about 40 feet long (Note: Every 1in of Cobra weave takes about 1ft of paracord so you will only need about 36 ft but I prefer to cut it long so I don’t come up short at the end)
- Use a lighter or match to melt the each end so it does not fray while you are working with it
- Fold the paracord in half to find the center. The easiest way is to hold the two ends together then slide your hand along the two pieces until they come together.
Tie the Anchor Knot
Tie a half knot (the first part of tying your shoes) at the center of the paracord around the end of the lighting cable. Make sure the knot is tight and sitting on the thicker part of the cable.
Start the Cobra Weave
The basic Cobra Weave is almost the same as the half knot, accept the cable will run through the middle of the knot.
- Bring the para-cord from the right side underneath the lightning cable
- Take the para-cord from the left side under the para-cord that was just pulled under from the right
- Take the left para-cord over top the lighting cable and through the loop made by the right paracord
It took me several hours (while watching TV) to finish the full 1 meter. As you go make sure your knots are tight and pressed firmly together.
In the past, I have always finished off my projects with an open knot that left the ends exposed but for this one, I found a great video that took me step by step through a much cleaner finishing technique that you can check out here.
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