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    Default Flaking Paracord for Instant Access

    If you google "flaking a rope" you will find that thwe procedure is used by both sailors and rock climbers to keep coils of rope untangled and ready for instant access. Here is a way to do the same with paracord so that the whole length is readily available. You will use the "Figure eight" loom described here http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...ord-the-Tamale

    Leaving a 6" or so long tail wrap cord a couple of times around tie off point and bring cord to right up side A.
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    Bring cord to left crossing over to side A.
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    Bring cord to right up side B (do NOT cross over).
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    Now bring cord to left over to side B.
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    Continue in this manner - straight going from left to right and crossing over going from right to left.
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    When loom is full remove loops from right hand peg.
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    Grab the cords one hand at 1 and the other at 2 and gently pull apart - this will separate the cords at left hand peg.
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    Fold the bundle in half and wrap the tag end around and secure with half hitch.
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    To access cord undo the wrapping, hold the tag end and drop or toss the bundle into a empty (cat free) area
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    That is how a lot of us carry our paracord.

    Had no idea I was flaking though. Thanks once again for an informative post, asemery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batch View Post
    That is how a lot of us carry our paracord.

    Had no idea I was flaking though. Thanks once again for an informative post, asemery!
    Notice how this flaking differs from the "figure-eight" pattern shown on the loom. Most people use their thumb and pinky finger.
    I made a loom by drilling peg size holes in a piece of scrap lumber and placing a tie off (eye screw) a few inches away from the first hole. Board extends another few inches to right with another hole.
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    One peg goes in the first hole. By changing the position of the other peg I can adjust the size of the Figure -Eight.
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    You can keep the loops on the loom when tying off the Working End. To deploy just pull on the end that was tied onto the eye screw.

    Flaking on the loom uses the "Butterfly" pattern. When you take the loops off the loom and spread them apart you get overlapping "Figure-eights".
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