cams logoG’day folks! Recently, I was researching for place in Australia to source genuine US made 550 paracord and I came across Cam’s Cords. I got in contact with them to see if we could have a look at what they had to offer and the owner/manager, Cameron was more than happy to send us some samples – so thank you Cameron.

Cam’s Cords is an 100% Aussie owned and operated home based business near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. Cam’s Cords was started back in 2012 after Cameron encountered some difficulty sourcing genuine 550 paracord from the USA. If you live in Australia or New Zealand and are looking to buy paracord for your emergency preparedness kits or anything related to survival, I think you should really check out Cams’s Cords. Don’t bother trying to go through the hassle of trying to source paracord from the US – Cam’s Cords has an established relationship with a US paracord company which manufactures genuine, high-quality products. Not only is the US dollar a tad more expensive but also the price of shipping to Australia can really hurt the pocket. I’ve got a lot to cover, so without further ado, lets get started.
Paracord Bracelets
First, we’ll take a look at a couple of their paracord survival bracelets…

Since cordage is one of the hardest and most time consuming things to improvise in any survival situation, especially in the wilderness, it pays to carry cord wherever you go. One convenient and compact way to carry cordage is a paracord bracelet. Not only are they a bit of a fashion statement but they can come in very handy in a survival situation. You can get these from anywhere between $10 – $50 on the web depending on the brand and quality. You really do get what you pay for. Cam’s Cords sell their’s for around the $20 mark or less including postage and handling. This is dependent on the variations of paracord and buckles available.


Cam’s Cords handcrafts a wide range of paracord survival bracelets such as the one shown in the above image for example. This particular paracord bracelet features a sturdy plastic buckle with an integrated whistle (which made my ears ring after I tested it out), a very ingenious built-in ferrocerium fire starter (which took me a little bit to get working, but it puts out a small hot, bright spark) and a detachable striker.

With this bracelet, you’ve got about 20 ft (6m) of paracord at your disposal and … remember you’ve also got to take into account the 7 internal cabled strands and the 2 strands per cabled strands each. I did the math and came up with an amazing 280 ft (85 m) of cordage available. Cam’s Cords makes paracord bracelets to customer’s specifications and can be made to almost any colour or strap type. For example, see below image of a National Police Remembrance paracord bracelet custom made for a charity.

I have actually been testing these bracelets out as part of my EDC (Every Day Carry) kit and they have held up very well in all kinds of conditions. So I must say that these bracelets are probably one of, if not the best, paracord survival bracelets available on the market today. Not only are they strong and rigid (due to the very tight weave), they are useful for a lot of different tasks especially for survival purposes. You simply strap it onto your wrist or pack and it will be right there when you need it. I’ve seen plenty of cheap, Chinese made paracord bracelets that are of inferior quality and none of them can compare with the Cam’s Cords Paracord Survival Bracelets … so I am extremely pleased with the overall quality.
425 Tactical Cord 

This tactical paracord (also known as macramé) is manufactured in the US and is 100% nylon.

It actually has an inner core comprising of 3 cabled strands and is covered by an outer sheath braided from 16 nylon strands. The diameter is 3mm.
This cord is made from the highest quality materials available. It is mildew resistant, it will not rot, it is very lightweight and is extremely strong with a breaking strain of approximately 190 kgs. All these features make this cord perfect for utility and survival situations. It is strong enough to tie down an improvised tarp shelter or serve as a tent guyrope.
Commercial grade 550 Paracord is a standard issue cord used in the US Military and many other combat troops around the world.
Like the 425 Tactical Cord, it’s great for any survival situation due to its great strength, versatility, rot resistance and many other great qualities. The 550 Paracord is made in the US and 100% nylon. Again, like the 425 tactical cord, it is completely mildew resistant, will not rot, is lightweight and is extremely strong with a maximum strength of approximately 550 lb or 250 kg. This is indeed genuine paracord with an inner core comprising of 7 cabled strands and 2 strands per cabled strands each and is covered by an outer shell braided from 32 nylon strands. The cord’s diameter is 4 mm thick.
The inner core strands not only serve to add strength to the overall integrity of the cord, but sections of the core can be used as improvised sewing thread, fishing lines, nets, building snares/traps and a multitude of other survival uses – click here for the full list. This cord is great for camping, bushcraft, hunting, tactical applications, survival and of course survival bracelets.
What is 550 paracord?
For those of you who have never heard of paracord before, let me give you a little bit of an introduction to it.
The word ‘550’ basically refers to the fact that the cord is rated at a minimum breaking strength of up to 550 lb (250 kg). The word ‘paracord’ stands for ‘parachute cord’ which was commonly used in military parachutes. When para troopers landed on the battle field, they would cut their parachute line and stuff it into their pack for later use. Yes this stuff is strong, but listen up, it is not rated for climbing, abseiling or similar activities like that. If you want to do that sort of thing, get Genuine MIL-SPEC (military specifications) Paracord which is both more expensive and harder to find than the commercial grade version. In comparison to nylon cord of the same diameter, 550 paracord is 3 times stronger. Why? Well, the real genius of 550 paracord lies in its clever design and engineering. 550 paracord as I noted before has an inner core (often referred to as the ‘guts’) comprising of 7 internal cabled strands and 2 strands per cabled strands. This is what gives paracord its amazing strength. Another amazing thing about paracord is its resistance to damage. If the cord gets exterior damage due to abrasion or getting nicke , the design of the cord allows it to maintain its strength even if the outer casing is minorly nicked or damaged in any way.
I was initially surprised when I first saw this small, thin type of cord.
To be honest, I had actually never seen anything like this before. Yes it is pretty thin with a diameter of only 2 mm, but it is a lot tougher when compared to standard nylon cord of the same diameter. Like the rest, it is also made in the US and is 100% nylon. It has an inner core comprised of a single cabled strand and is covered by an outer sheath braided from 16 nylon strands. With an amazing breaking strength of 45 kg, this cord makes for a nice light utility cord.

NEW! Fishing-Fire Cord

Cam also sent me a some genuine US made fishing-fire cord that he has just gotten in. It’s an exciting new product on the market and it is essentially paracord with an inner core comprising of jute fibres which are an excellent material for fire starting and some strong fishing line.


This fishing-fire cord has 7 strands and 2 strands per internal strand (just like standard 550 paracord) but with the addition of the two extra strands: jute and fishing line. It has a diameter of 4mm.


Originally the fire and fishing cord were sold as two separate products but after the manufacturer conducted some consumer research, they decided that folks actually preferred the fishing-fire cord together instead of them being sold as separate products, so this is what we end up with. Personally I like it this way too firstly because its cheaper just to get paracord with both jute and fishing line and secondly its just more convenient.

Of course we know that paracord itself is great for a plethora of survival purposes but with the addition of the jute strand and fishing line, it makes this cord even more versatile than ever before. Not only do you have cordage, but on top of that you’ve got the jute for those times when bone-dry tinder is just not available and then on top of that you’ve got the fishing line which itself has multiple uses besides its primary purpose of catching fish.

Test time…

I cut the end of the fishing-fire cord with my survival knife to expose the inner strands so I could test the jute and fishing line out. I then took out the jute strand, rubbed it together for a few seconds (to get it into unravelled) and then placed it on a facial tissue on a dinner plate so I could light it safely without anything else catching fire. Although I did attempt to use my Aussie Survival Tools fire starter (which I will do a review on sometime), after about 5 minutes of frantic and fruitless striking I gave up on using that.


The jute pile was a little too small for my fire starter and the sparks fell all but short of the unraveled jute pile. The way that this particular fire starter is built makes it very hard to rest the actual ferro part onto a tinder pile unlike the Swedish FireSteel due to a built in timber block underneath the ferro rod. Fortunately Cam thoughtfully provided a little fire starter buckle (like the one used on the paracord survival bracelet). Several strikes and the jute was alight.


After I let it burn for a bit, I decided to put it out before the smoke alarms went off. So this was actually a good test of both the jute strand and the firestarter buckle… so we now know it actually works. Now if I had gone the extra mile, I could’ve really built a nice tee-pee or “upside-down” campfire to demonstrate the effectiveness of the jute, but just didn’t…. maybe another time when the weather’s a bit nicer.

I did a second test a few days later – this time with a lighter. Many people in the survival community prefer to just use a cheap BiC Lighter to get their tinder going instead of roughing it with FireSteel. So I went ahead and lit a 10 inch (25 cm) length of jute strand and voila it was soon alight.


One great thing I like about fishing-fire cord is that removing the jute and fishing strands does not affect the overall integrity of the cord.  In other words the paracord is not dependent on the jute nor the fishing line for strength.


Next, I took out the fishing line to evaluate it. I didn’t actually test it by taking it fishing as I don’t need fish for dinner tonight but I did tug, test and compare the line with some regular line found on my good old Jarvis Walker fishing rod and its actually slightly thinner than regular fishing line, but it should do the job nevertheless.

A couple of things I should mention is that all of Cam’s products are available in a massive range of colours… so you have lots to choose from and the price is very reasonable especially for the quality and personalised customer service you are guaranteed to receive.

I think that covers just about everything. So… be sure to check our Cameron’s website here to get your paracord gear and don’t forget to like him on Facebook for the latest product updates.

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