Thursday, September 5, 2013

Which Buckles are Best for Paracord Bracelets?

Paracord Crafting does not start and end with Paracord alone. Oh no, no, no! There are buckles. And shackles. And clips. And charmsball bearingsbeadscord locks… and… and… and… Well, you get the idea. There is a bunch of stuff used by Paracord Crafters to create UNIQUE crafts & projects using all sorts of hardware.

This is the first in a series of short-&-sweet posts discussing the variety and applicable use of Paracord related hardware out there. This first post is going to be dedicated specifically to side release buckles used for Paracord Bracelets.

When it comes to side release buckles, the most popular sizes used for Paracord Bracelets are 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8".

3/8" Curved Plastic Side Release Buckles
3/8" buckles are great for bracelets made for children and small-wristed women, as well as for the narrower paracord weaves, such as the familiar Cobra Braid/Solomon Bar or Fishtail. This buckle is a great size for "mini" Paracord Bracelets using Type I Paracord, as well!
These buckles can fit a maximum of 2 strands of ungutted 550 Paracord.

 

1/2" Curved Plastic Side Release Buckles


1/2" buckles are a nice medium size for the average width weaves, like the Blaze Bar, Feather Bar or Tire Tread.
These buckles can fit a maximum of 3 strands of ungutted 550 Paracord.


5/8" Curved Plastic Side Release Buckles



5/8" buckles are often used for men’s bracelets and wider paracord weaves, like the Conquistador or King Cobra.
These buckles can fit a maximum of 4 strands of ungutted 550 Paracord.



5/8" Plastic Side Release Whistle Buckle

 

These buckles come in many different shapes, styles, colors, and materials. They can be curved or straight, plastic or metal, with or without whistles & adjuster bars, translucent or opaque. If you can think of it, I’m sure it’s out there.
5/8" Curved Nickel-Plated Metal Buckle

 




Our next post will be focusing on another Paracord Bracelet connector: the shackle. Stay tuned!