Bracelet Buckles & Shackles for Paracord Bracelets


UPDATE (4/5/2012)

We decided to stock adjustable stainless steel shackles since they are quickly becoming very popular. Purchase adjustable stainless steel shackles.


There are a variety of different type of paracord bracelet buckles and shackles. Each has its own pros and cons. We’ll list the different types of paracord shackles and bracelet buckles and then tell you the benefits and weaknesses of each. Our focus will be to describe two different areas of judgment for each paracord buckle/shackle, Asthetics and Functionality. Asthetics has to do with how the buckles & shackles look and feel. Functionality deals with their application in a survival situation. We must mention though that no specific bracelet buckles or shackles are better or worse than any other. So when choosing which type of paracord bracelet buckle or shackle, make sure to look at all the factors mentioned in this post.

Side Release Buckles

3/8″ Side Release Bracelet Buckles

3/8" Side Release Buckle Top View3/8" Side Release Buckle Side View3/8" Side Release Buckle Paracord View


The 3/8″ Side Release Bracelet Buckles are extremely low profile, which makes them a great choice for smaller sized bracelets such as the Light Duty Paracord Bracelet or the Classic Paracord Bracelet. Since a these two paracord bracelets are 1/2″ wide or smaller, the 3/8″ buckle will not be wider than the bracelet itself. The 3/8″ paracord buckle’s low profile also makes it no stick out from the wrist very much. Also, the 3/8″ bracelet buckle is curved, so that it contours to the curvature of your write. This make for a smooth circular braclet that fits perfectly on your wrist.


This smaller 3/8″ paracord buckle has the added benefit of being extremely easy to open. Because of its smaller size, pressing in the side releases is effortless and the bracelet comes right apart. In case of a survival situation, the bracelet buckle can be used for other things once you take the bracelet apart. However, because the buckle is quite small, it will not be that strong in applications other than paracord bracelets.

1/2″ Side Release Bracelet Buckles

1/2" Side Release Buckle Top View1/2" Side Release Buckle Side View1/2" Side Release Buckle Paracord View


The 1/2″ Side Release Bracelet Buckles are relatively low profile, but still large enough to support all versions of our bracelets, including the Heavy Duty Paracord Bracelet. Our Classic Paracord Bracelets are exactly 1/2″ an inch thick, so the width of the 1/2″ Side Release Buckle matches perfectly with the bracelet. Also, the 1/2″ paracord buckle is significantly more curved than the other side release buckles, however it still fits the curvature of your wrist.


The 1/2″ Side Release Buckle feels a lot stronger than the 3/8″ buckle. It’s harder to put on and take off; however, this is made up by its ability to handle higher amounts of tensions.

5/8″ Side Release Bracelet Buckles

5/8" Side Release Buckle Top View5/8" Side Release Buckle Side View5/8" Side Release Buckle Paracord View

There’s not much to say about this buckle that hasn’t been said before. It’s curved and fits the wrist nicely. It’s optimal for the Heavy Duty Paracord Bracelet because that bracelet is about 1″ wide. The width of the buckle will fit nicely with the larger width of the bracelet. As far as functionality goes, the 5/8″ paracord bracelet buckles are stronger and tougher than the two smaller ones.

Side Release Bracelet Buckles with Whistle

Side Release Buckle with Whistle Top ViewSide Release Buckle with Whistle Side ViewSide Release Buckle with Whistle Paracord View


The first thing you notice about the Side Release Bracelet Buckles with a Whistle is that it very different from the other three side release buckles. It is 3/4″ wide, which is wider than the other side release buckles. Obviously, it has a small protrusion where the whistle is sticking out. However, that does not make it any less comfortable on the wrist. And finally, the whistle buckle is not curved, so it will sit a little different on the write than the other buckles.


The Side Release Bracelet Buckles with a Whistle has the most interesting functionality of all the buckles, due to the whistle and its size. Because of 3/4″ width, this buckle is extremely sturdy and tough. And the whistle has many applications in survival situations such as a warning call or a whistle for help. You can’t go wrong with this buckle.

Side Release Bracelet Buckles with Hidden Handcuff Key

Side Release Buckles with Hidden Handcuff Key Open ViewSide Release Buckles with Hidden Handcuff Key Top View


The Side Release Bracelet Buckles with a Hidden Handcuff Key look very similar to all the other bracelet buckles. They are 5/8″ inches wide and contoured so that they feel comfortable on the wrist. The handuff key really is hidden, so while you are wearing your paracord bracelet, nobody will even suspect that there’s something not ordinary going on.


The Side Release Bracelet Buckles with a Hidden Handcuff Key is the most sneaky of all the bracelet buckles. The handcuff key is a fully functioning universal plastic handcuff key. Being made of a hard plastic means it is silent when being used, undetectable by metal detectors, and hidden within the buckle.

Side Release Bracelet Buckles with Compass


The Side Release Bracelet Buckles with a Compass look extremely sleek. The compass is very small on the buckle and is not intrusive at all on the smooth curved design of the paracord bracelet buckle.


The Side Release Bracelet Buckles with a Compass is an extremely beneficial type of buckle for survivalist. If you are lost, then you can conveniently use the compass on the paracord bracelet buckle to find which direction you need to go in.

Stainless Steel D Shackle

Stainless Steel D Shackle


First of all, you can immediately see that the Stainless Steel D Shackle is beautiful. It looks just as good, if not better on the paracord bracelets. The two ends of the bracelet are connected by a pin that screws securely into the shackle. The steel is clean and shiny, which adds a little bit of flair to the bracelet.


The Stainless Steel D Shackle has some of the most interesting survival applications. The shackle itself can support up to 2,600 lbs of weight. Also, because it is made of stainless steel, it does not rust. So for survival situations, this makes for the best choice of paracord bracelet enclosure.


And now we are also featuring the:

Adjustable Stainless Steel Shackle

Adjustable Stainless Steel Shackle


There’s not much to say about this shakle. It looks great. It conforms to the curvature of your wrist. It’s extremely comfortable and functional. You can see by it’s design that it has been specifically engineered for paracord bracelets.


The Adjustable Stainless Steel Shackle has all the great looks of a D Shackle, with the added functionality of being adjustable. So if your bracelet is fitting a little to loosely or tightly, you can slightly adjust the size using the 4 pin holes in the Adjustable Stainless Steel Shackle. Further more, it is made from extremely tough stainless steel, so it can be used in many other survival applications.


Buy Adjustable Stainless Steel Shackles

UPDATE (3/17/2012)

It seems like this article has become relatively popular, and we’ve realized that although we discuss the various types of paracord buckles and shackles, what we didn’t do is provide our opinion of the best place to buy them. There are literally hundreds of stores out there that sells different types of plastic side release buckles, d shackles, etc. in a large variety of colors. It can be a daunting task choosing which online store to buy from. So, we are here to the rescue. We’ve done our homework and have been in the paracord/survival industry for a while and here’s what we’ve come up with:

1) When buying plastic side release buckles or d shackles in bulk (50+) – The best place for this is on Amazon. Many sellers offer free shipping and the prices are always better than any private online store. Also, you get buyer protection, even though we’ve never needed.
2) When buying any plastic side release buckles of a variety of colors in small amounts (Contact us and we can work out some sort of deal. We also have recently begun selling the Adjustable Stainless Steel Shackles.
3) When buying super bulk of shackles or buckles (500+) – The best place for this is going directly to Chinese manufacturers. What’s great about this is that you can even customize the design and get laser engravings or shackles built from a mold. You have to order in bulk though because shipping get’s quite expensive. If you need to get in touch with a good manufacturer (the one we use) just shoot us an email.

Hope this helps!

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