monkey fist?

i have got in to making monkey fists and i was wondering what size rope i should use for a 2inch thick iron ball
it weighs
18.60 oz }
0.527kg}                        all the same ball
1.162lb}

Picture of monkey fist?
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frollard5 years ago
You put a weight in the monkey fist?

Really any size can be used, you just use more wraps if it is narrower rope.
knexinventer (author)  frollard5 years ago
i was wondering what size rope i should use
again, depends on the knot.

The monkeys fist can be anywhere from 2 wraps to 8+ wraps per layer, so the knot depends on the size of the rope.
For a 2inch ball, and say you wanted 3 layers, you probably want about 3/8 to 3/4 inch rope.

Check the related ibles,
find how to tie the monkey fist
Go to a hardware store that sells rope in bulk
try tying it on several different sizes
buy the stuff that fits.
knexinventer (author)  frollard5 years ago
thanks
With a weight inside, monkey fists enabled sailors to throw the end of a rope to shore from a greater distance.
I always thought it was just a ball of rope; same descriptor, but adding the weight would make it a good flail to drag the line/club people :)
if you want such a flail, check out the kusarigama http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusarigama - sum juggkers use similar tools.