I know what you’re thinking, and you’re probably right, but here is, maybe, the final version of the Paracord Belt with a Carabiner Buckle.
I like version 2.0 for it’s size and similarity to a normal buckle, but I wanted to have the carabiner easier to remove and use, and have a belt I could potentially hang from, like if/when zombies attack, or whatever. Using what I had, 3.0 is what I came up with, below, using 110′ or cord(28 inches per inch), 2 MS22045-1 D-Rings, 2 3/16″ shackles, and a 2″X4″ carabiner. I had to make the little webbing buckle on the side out of 3/16″ rod, because I didn’t have one big enough.
The problem with this buckle is that it’s pretty wide. Wider than the front two loops on my favorite jeans, so I went back to the shop, and made these Twisted Triangle D-Rings out of 3/6″ square and round steel.
To make this belt, follow the instructions on the previous versions’ pages(links below). To make the D-rings, you’ll need some welding and metalwork skill, or find someone who does, or if you find somewhere to buy them, let me know too!
2.) Start out with your buckle tied in place for the first few crossings, then switch to a bungee when the tension starts to climb in the belt(you’ll see what I mean) It’s easier to get it started if it’s mounted firm.
3.) When you do crossings, flip your work over, and watch for this;
If it happens, you’ve missed a line in your weave, and it’s a pain to look back 43″ and see one of these, so check often.
4.) I have switched to doing the first crossing though the start knot, not beside it, so not like this first pic, but like the second. It seems to keep the belt from ‘necking down’ at the start.
5.) This is about how far from the finished crossings that I work. Just enough to allow your fingers to get in there, but not far enough to miss the lines in the back.
6.) You can do this weave in a complete loop! Below I made a little ring to hold the running end of the belt.
This was my prototype, done around my hand. Actually, I kinda like the look of it for a bracelet…
Borrowed a crochet hook, tied it around 3 thicknesses of belt, because it shrinks as you weave, using gutted cord, to keep it thinner.
Moved to fingers…