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Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1 review)

Officially called "The Friendly Swede Adjustable Premium Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter and Sharp Eye Knife," this paracord bracelet includes a useful emergency fire steel and a cutting implement that doubles as a fire steel striker in addition to about 17 ft/5.18 m of paracord. Quality components make this a good survival-style bracelet for anyone who doesn't mind the bulk of this hefty bracelet—campers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to be prepared for the unexpected.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quality components at a reasonable price
  • Useful combination of tools: cord, mini-knife, fire steel
  • Fully capable of performing when needed
  • superb, responsive customer service

Reasons to Avoid

  • Knife can inadvertently cut cordage in bracelet form
  • Fire steel is awkward to use
  • Bulky

What It Is Paracord bracelets have crossed over from survival realms into the mainstream: it is possible to wander into a craft store and find paracord bracelet kits. The Friendly Swede Adjustable Premium Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter and Sharp Eye Knife is a paracord bracelet, but one with a few extras that make it suitable as part of an emergency survival kit. Let's consider its component parts first. 17+ feet/5.18 m of 550 paracord in an attractive, multicolor pattern. This is seven-strand paracord that is housed in a woven sheath.

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