As the old edict goes, the piece of survival gear you need the most is whatever you’re carrying at the time.

That same philosophy can also apply to self-defense tools as well.

Retired bounty hunter Fugi Escobido and David Bloch from Outdoor Edge developed a versatile piece of gear that anyone — whether serious survivalist, martial artist, or average Joe — should and could wear at all times.

It’s called the Para-Claw, and it’s a paracord bracelet with a twist.

The paracord bracelet is nothing new. Ken Onion even created his own paracord bracelet for CRKT. So how do you make something so prevalent even better? Add a quick release hawkbill blade.

Here’s how it works.

The bracelet is hand-tied with 550 paracord (14.4 ft for the medium size), but hidden inside the buckle is a 1.5-inch hawkbill blade made from BlackStone finished 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. According to Outdoor Edge, the blade is integrally molded to the glass/nylon guard that attaches to the bracelet.

There is a patent-pending sheath system that allows for immediate deployment in a pinch. The cool part about the blade is that the bracelet itself forms the handle, so you can have a secure grip when wielding the knife.

Paracord bracelets are a great item for survivalists since cordage is a highly useful item to carry. The knife adds a bonus, since most survival experts agree that having a blade in dire situations can help.

But the Para-Claw is seen as more than just a survival tool. It was originally conceived of as a self-defense tool.

According to an interview with Knife News, Escobido made the original at home for EDC defense. The bracelet was even credited with saving Escobido’s life. When a fugitive tried to grab his firearm, Escobido pulled out the Para-Claw to slice the fugitive’s hand, giving him the opportunity to take control of the situation.

Here is the always trustworthy Michael Janich talking about the self-defense capabilities of the Para-Claw:

Now, some may caution against putting a sharp blade next to your wrist, but with a lot of practice deployments, you won’t have anything to worry about.

The Para-Claw comes in three different sizes:

Small: Fits wrist circumference – 5.75-6.5” / Total paracord length – 9.8′
Medium: Fits wrist circumference 6.25-7.0” / Total paracord length – 14.4′
Large: Fits wrist circumference 7” / Total paracord length – 17.1′

It also comes in different patterns, but I’m partial to the all-black version.

With the Para-Claw around your wrist, you’ll be ready for anything the world can throw at you.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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