How To Make Paracordists MiBSAR ranger beads

Posted by Stacy on 4/4/2013

This video shows how to make MiBSAR ranger beads or fixed know which can be usful for tracking disance.


Speaker 1: Hey this is Kevin, the paracordist and these are my all paracord ranger pace counter beads. I've done a number of videos showing how to do the fixed knots, which are basically two strand diamond knots in or on my side-by-side ranger beads, but I actually haven't done it for the MiBSAR beads, which stands for Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue. These beads here show a two-toned colored fix knot and I知 going to show you how to do that now.

First thing I want you to take a piece of paracord. I'll use orange, it'll be easier for you to see and tie a lanyard knot. For my pacing beads I usually leave about a 3 inch loop at the top. I've done the lanyard in a number of other videos so I知 going to move quickly through it. If you want to learn ti better you're better off just looking at one of the other videos I spend more time on it. Now my original pacing beads just used the two strand diamond knot here, tightened up of course as the fix knot separating the sliding beads.

When I started discussing a better set of beads with Michael Niger of Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue, he desired a larger bead for the fixed knot, not a bead, but a larger fixed knot. One that he could feel in total darkness and differentiate it readily between the sliding beads and the fixed bead. That's when we came up with this and the two-tone version is just for a little bit of extra style.

I've got another video I did recently showing how to do a handle on a fire [inaudible 00:02:07], that is basically this know with a smaller loop and it's followed through with it's own working cord as opposed to a second color, which is another video. When you take the color black, I致e got it attached to a steel paracord fid, which I sell on my website, but what I want to do I s follow this loop one of the strands of the loop, see how it enters the knot here and then it passes around the knot, well I知 going to follow it on the inside. Starting from right here I知 going to go under the same cords that it goes under and over the same cords that it goes over. Just moving along.

Now when I reach this point these are actually two separate cords here. One of them is coming down the bottom. The other is coming up to this loop. What I am going to do is go on the outside of this one, under these two, and then along side that one and when it's pulled tight it's going to make it appear as though this cord is actually going to this cord and they're the same cord, but that's just going to be an illusion created by the knot. This one痴 actually coming down here. This one's actually going up here.

Keep following around. We're in the second pass now. Almost done. Now, passes under here, down the middle, and out the bottom. This black one here is where I started so I want to pull that aside. I want to go over it, along side the orange, and then I知 going down in the middle of the two loops of the lanyard hole. That's basically the knot formed.

What I do then is I give myself a 3 inch loop here. I usually measure it with my knuckles. I start working the slack through the knot with my needle nose pliers, careful not to snag anything. Working the slack out to the working end into these two black ends here, until I致e got a really tight, tight knot and if I need to play with the shape of it a little bit I can squish it with my pliers. I want a really nice looking knot as you can see here, this is a finished one, and what I知 going to do is cut and burn the second color, nice and smooth, so it doesn't stick out and it's not ugly.

I make a very short cut, less than a 1/4 of an inch probably. I'll burn it and then when it's melted and hot I値l take my scissors and I'll roll it over just nice and smooth like that. You don稚' want to squish it and make a big ugly blob or a big mess, but you just want to smooth it and make something that you really can't see for the most part. That's it. Thanks.
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