paracord knots

Paracord Knots: The Four Most Common and How to Do Them

Paracord Knots: The Step-by-Step Guide

Paracord, also known as the parachute cord, is a nylon rope that was originally used in parachutes during the WWII but, because of its smooth texture and elasticity, survivalists have considered this as their general purpose cord. Moreover, knowing how to tie paracord knots is a very useful skill that you can use not only in survival but also, in other aspects of life. Which will lead us to next section where you will learn how to tie the most common knots each survivalist should know.

Clove Hitch Knot:

The clove hitch is a knot that is useful in securing things that are upright such as poles and trees.

  1. Put one of the cord around the pole to form an “X.”
  2. Bring the shorter end of the cord around the pole again.
  3. Then slip it under the “X” that was formed previously and pull tight.

Square Knot:

Also known as a reef knot, this is often used to tie two cords that are of the same thickness so, this should not be used for cords that have different sizes.

  1. Get two ropes and place them on a flat surface. Place, one on the left and the other on the right.
  2. Take the end of the right cord and slip it under the left cord to make a twist.
  3. Now, the right cord becomes the left and vice versa.
  4. Get the end of the new left cord and slip it under the right cord and make another twist
  5. Finally, pull the ends to tighten.

Figure Eight Knot:

This is a knot that every survivalist should know because this is one of the strongest knots around. Because of the secure knot it creates, it is famous among mountain climbers as well.

  1. Using a cord in a vertical position, mark the top end as the “anchor” and the bottom as the “tail.”
  2. Take the tail and slip it under the rope to form an “8.”
  3. Insert the tail end and insert it into the bottom circle of the “8” you have created.
  4. Create another figure “8” by tracing the first “8” with the use of the tail end.
  5. Pull the strands to tighten the knot.

Two Half Hitches Knot:

The two half hitches knot can be used to tie nearly everything that’s why it is considered an all-purpose knot. Similar to the square knot, this can also be used to tie two ropes together.

  1. Take the end of the rope and put it around the object to make an overhand knot.
  2. Repeat the same process to make another half hitch and then pull to tighten.


There are other knots that are useful in survival situations but these are the four that each survivalist should know. So, if you want to be ready at all times, the knowledge of these paracord knots will definitely come in handy.

About Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is a chief editor of The Survival Corps and an experienced survivalist who is incredibly passionate about everything survival and preparedness, be it in the great outdoors or in an urban environment.Besides his primary job functions at The Survival Corps, Dan has been recognized by the survival community for his extraordinary commitment and an insatiable desire to always achieve absolute excellence in everything that he undertakes. Being a survival expert for a very long time, Dan has acquired extensive knowledge and experience regarding preparing for camping trips, hiking, hunting and any other outdoor adventure and surviving in the wilderness. He also knows quite a lot about preparing for emergency situations in the concrete jungle when one would need either self-defense or other survival skills in various cases of crisis, such as a natural disaster. Dan’s remarkable knowledge and expertise, absolutely tireless work ethic, astonishing passion and commitment and unparalleled focus is what truly sets him apart from all the other survivalist enthusiasts. He is truly the lifeblood of The Survival Corps and we can honestly say that we wouldn’t be where we are without him. He is a professional and a true leader that anyone would love working with, both in and out of the office walls. He has an incredibly friendly and open personality and loves helping others, which is exactly where he finds constant inspiration and passion for learning more and providing people with tips and tricks for all things survival. He is curious, imaginative, creative and always puts other people first, never failing to really help them put safety in their lives. If you’re a passionate survival enthusiast, The Survival Corps is the right place for you, as Dan will never cease to amaze you with valuable information for helping you plan, prepare and survive both in the wilderness and in an urban environment.

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