A few weeks ago, at the Shikoku Ken booth at the Pet Expo, I met Tony Carino. It turns out that as a hobby, he makes beautiful leashes out of a material called paracord. Originally used by the military in parachute lines, this nylon material can withstand about 550 lbs of tension. (Enough for even the biggest pup out there.)
Just as exciting, in my book, is that this material comes in a rainbow of pretty colors . . .
Tony very graciously emailed me after the show and offered to send me a sample leash to review. Here is a closeup of his paracord leash.
Tony makes all of the leashes himself, by hand. His craft grew out of an interest in working with his hands and a chance encounter with a website discussing how paracord was fashioned into rosaries and sent to soldiers in the field. That led to research into more websites about knots and other uses of paracord.
The particular leash that Tony sent to me is 6 feet long, and consists of a doubled 4-plait round braid (8 strands in total are braided). The leash includes a handle, and is thick enough that it feels substantial but not unwieldy in your hand. The paracord material is smooth, but not overly slippery, which is nice. Although the braided paracord can be just a little stiff, I imagine it softens over time. And the workmanship on the leash is excellent! My only request–driven solely by Toki’s size and strength–would be to potentially order a larger snap for the part of the leash that attaches to the collar. As you can see from the picture, it’s a standard size, but we tend to wear through our leash snaps more quickly than most.
Of course, it wouldn’t be hard to request any changes, because Tony makes them to order. He charges only $20, shipping included (to all 50 states), and can take color requests. (Although the color selection on this leash was quite nice, so you might want to leave the color selection up to him!) If you’d like to order a leash, you can contact him directly at the email toecari “at” me.com.
As a disclaimer, and to satisfy FTC guidelines, I want to mention that I didn’t receive any compensation for our favorable review. We love the leash, and want to spread the word about Tony’s great product. It’s gorgeous, durable, handcrafted, and affordable! As you can see, it’s a handsome product.
And to show our love to The Daily Toki readers out there, I’m going to offer the leash pictured here as a giveaway.* (Our first!) You can enter one of three ways:
- Leave a comment on this post letting me know what would be your top color choice (you can pick two colors) for a Carino Paracord Leash;
- Visit and leave a comment on our Daily Toki Facebook Wall; or
- Leave a comment on any other Daily Toki post this week, between now and Sunday.
You can enter multiple times, which will just increase your chances of winning, so do all three! The giveaway ends on Sunday, at which point all the entries will be tallied up and a winner chosen at random.
Good Luck, and thank you to Tony for providing this beautiful leash!
*Sorry to my international blog friends, but the leash can only be shipped within the U.S. . . . We still love you though!