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Paracord's new best friend.
Paracord's new best friend.
Paracord's new best friend.
3,050 backers pledged $89,525 to help bring this project to life.

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FISH BONE - Knotless Gear Tie

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"Throw me a couple Fish Bones for this tent will ya?"

If it’s worth tying, it’s worth tying with paracord! Only thing is, untying knots in paracord can take superhero strength and like Willie Nelson, "I ain't Superman".

My contribution is this little guy; “Fish Bone”. A no knots cord tightener specifically designed for paracord. Only problem for these little fishies is I don't have the means to produce them.

With your support I'll work with metal fabricators to get them cut. From there, I'll have them polished and shipped to your front door. You'll be out in the wilderness with your new buddy in no time! 

  • What makes Fish Bone different? Form - Function - Design.
Original Fish Bone
Original Fish Bone

Form: Measuring in at ½" x 2", it’s not awkward in your pocket and looks great as a zipper pull. Plus fish are cool and associated with good luck!!!

Stows right along.
Stows right along.

Function: It’s easy to set up and even easier to undo. The smooth edges keep it from catching on other gear while in use. It can be used "in line", "in loop", "quick release", "splice", or however else you can think of. Compact but mighty, a few simple wraps does all the work.

NOTE: Not for climbing or load bearing applications where failure would cause damage or injury.

Finite Elemental Analysis for 6061 T-6 Aluminum
Finite Elemental Analysis for 6061 T-6 Aluminum
In Line
In Line

Design: No serrated edges keeps your paracord nicer, longer.  The fish eye doubles as a quick release. You can even use them doubled up. The adventures will be endless!

In Loop
In Loop
Splice
Splice
Guy Line (Quick Adjust)
Guy Line (Quick Adjust)
The fastest clothes line you ever set.
The fastest clothes line you ever set.
Improvised clothes pin.
Improvised clothes pin.
Quick Release
Quick Release
Doubled Up
Doubled Up
High Tension Quick Adjust (doubled up)
High Tension Quick Adjust (doubled up)
Shape melted ends by pulling them through stacked Fish Bones. Traditional end shown for comparison.
Shape melted ends by pulling them through stacked Fish Bones. Traditional end shown for comparison.
Zipper Pull on Tactical Diaper Bag
Zipper Pull on Tactical Diaper Bag
The Snapper in action.
The Snapper in action.

Fish Bone is cool!

Thanks for your support in making this a reality. Brent

EXTENDED! If we hit $100,000 everyone who pledges between $50K and $100K, at $20 or more, will receive 1 Titanium Fish Bone and 5' of paracord. Tell your friends!
EXTENDED! If we hit $100,000 everyone who pledges between $50K and $100K, at $20 or more, will receive 1 Titanium Fish Bone and 5' of paracord. Tell your friends!
If we hit a stretch goal of $2,000 FISH BONE will have a big brother. It will handle a 1/4" cord and have a second function as a bottle opener. How cool is that!

UPDATE: Because of all the generous support from the backers, I am now able to offer FISH BONE'S bigger brother, THE SNAPPER! You can get it by pledging $11 (Second pledge reward). It does work with paracord.

The Snapper
The Snapper
Eats bottle caps for breakfast.
Eats bottle caps for breakfast.

Thank you so much! Brent

Risks and challenges

I already have a metal fabrication shop lined up. I've used them before for a more complex project and it turned out well. However, being that I'm going to an outside shop, delays in their schedule would mean a delay with mine.

Coordinating a massive shipping effort could also be a challenge. I'm not in this alone though. My brother Eldrick is a shipping pro! Seriously, he does it for a living. He'll be with me every step of the way.

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FAQ

  • Yes. No extra shipping cost for my foreign friends unless it's for the $50 pledge (then add $5).

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  • Field testing has not been done yet. As soon as I have the first stainless steel model I'll run it through testing all the way up to failure. I'll even test it with the paracord in different conditions like wet, dirty, and soapy. I'll be sure to post the results in an update. Brent

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  • Choosing which one boils down to your preference on strength to weight.

    Here are some properties of each.

    Stainless steel:
    Resists corrosion
    Bright appearance
    Normally non-magnetic
    Great fatigue and impact resistance
    Durable

    Aluminum:
    Resists corrosion
    High strength to weight ratio
    Can be anodized in different colors
    Non-magnetic
    Nonsparking
    Light weight

    Titanium:
    High strength to weight ratio
    More than twice as strong as aluminum
    Almost half as light a steel
    Non-magnetic
    Excellent corrosion resistance

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    An electronic tutorial showing how to make a wire version of FISH BONE. Thanks for your support!

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    The Snapper. Fish Bone's big brother. It handles 1/4" rope and doubles as a bottle opener. Thanks for making this a reality! 2&7/8"X3/4"X1/4". Stainless Steel.

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    A couple for the truck, 2 stainless steel Fish Bones. Next time you're moving a mattress they'll come in handy. Plus the $5 reward.

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    Over-Nighter. 2 Aircraft Aluminum Fish Bones and 10’ of paracord to go with it (color based on availability). Plus the $5 reward. Shipping included, even overseas.

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    Fighting Fish. 2 Titanium Fish Bones and 10’ of black or neon green paracord to go with it. Plus the $5 reward. Shipping included, even overseas. Thank You.

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    A set of 4 Stainless Steel FISH BONES and 20' of "THANK YOU" orange paracord to go with it. You'll also get the $5 dollar reward.

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    A set of 4 Stainless Steel FISH BONES and 20' of paracord to go with it (color based on availability). You'll also get the $5 reward. Thanks!

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    Catch of the day. A set of 6 Aircraft Aluminum FISH BONES and 20' of paracord to go with it (color based on availability). You'll also get the $5 reward. No extra shipping cost to my friends overseas. Thanks!

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    I AM TITANIUM. A set of 4 Titanium FISH BONES and 20' of black or neon green paracord to go with it. You'll also get the $5 reward. No extra shipping cost to my friends overseas. Thanks!

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    Gone Camping. 13 Stainless steel Fish Bones.
    8 to anchor the family tent.
    1 to tie your jacket to your pack.
    1 for your clothes line.
    1 to keep your food from the bears.
    1 for the one you lost.
    PLUS 1 Stretch Goal Fish Bone (they open bottles too!) Add $5 for outside the USA.

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    School Of Fish. 13 Aircraft Aluminum Fish Bones. 8 to anchor the family tent. 1 to tie your jacket to your pack. 1 for your clothes line. 1 to keep your food from the bears. 1 for the roof rack. 1 for the one you lost. PLUS 1 Stainless Steel Snapper (they open bottles too!) Add $5 for outside the USA.

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    Gone Camping 2.0 - 12 Titanium Fish Bones. 8 to anchor the family tent. 1 to tie your jacket to your pack. 1 for your clothes line. 1 to keep your food from the bears. 1 for the one you lost. PLUS 1 Stainless Steel Snapper. Add $5 for outside the USA.

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    A little piece of history. The very first FISH BONE. The same exact one you see here. Hand crafted by me out of Aluminum. You'll also receive my original design sketch and models. Plus rewards 1 & 2 and a thank you note from me. It will look great on your fridge. Thanks for believing and getting us half way there!!!

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    The very first SNAPPER. The same exact one you see here; handcrafted by me from 1/8” aluminum. The material was stacked and joined by hand hammering steel rod into rivets. If you’d like I’ll sign it with an engraver. You’ll also get 20’ of 6mm brightly colored cord (orange over yellow), the Gone Camping Reward, and a thank you note telling you how awesome you are. THANK YOU.

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