When I was assembling my PSK I ran in to, two problems at the same time. I needed a shoulder strap and I ran out of room inside the pack for the 30' of paracord I wanted to carry with it. The answer seemed obvious. After posting some pics of the PSK some folks asked for a tutorial on how to make the shoulder strap. So here it goes.
The original strap was made with something like 40' of cord. One 30' section and a 10' section.
This time around I have one 50' section and a 12' section. Thats 62' feet, you figure 7 inner strands + the outer sheathing this gives you a total of 496' of usable cordage.
The great thing about this type weave over a regular braid or a cobra braid is it can be made available for use in just a few seconds rather than spending 30 minutes untangling a complex braid.
All thats needed for this project is 62+ feet of paracord, a knife, a lighter, 1 pot of coffee and about two hours of free time.
Determine the length of your strap, mine is 48" long. Fold your 12' section into 3 even lengths.
Tie a simple loop in one end. Keeping all your strands in a straight row do the same at the other end.
Then tie your 50' length off below the loop on your inner strands. I wrap the cord around a couple times and then feed back up through the resulting loops.
Now start a simple weave. You get the idea from the picture, over, under, over, under and so on.
Once you have a few rows woven in push them up toward the top. Avoid pulling these weaves very tight to the sides. Creating a really tight weave will result in a stiff finished product, that won't use nearly as much cord. Also your cord will look like an accordion once removed.
Then when you are inches from the end, you run out of cord.. Son of a $%^#* !
You have a few options.
A. You can pout and cry about it
B. You can Splice in more cord
C. You can push the cord down the strap leaving small gaps in the weave
D. You can start from the top tightening up the weave as you move down the strap producing extra slack to finish the project.
This is what it looks like if you space the weave out.
I chose to tighten up the whole thing. This only took an extra 15 minutes and produced just enough cord to finish it up.
The Final Product..
To separate the cord really fast, cut the black and gray knot off the end and pull on the black cord, this will unravel quite quickly.
You'll have to take my word for it, I'm not cutting this thing.