Monkeys Fist (Updated- With Marble)





Introduction: Monkeys Fist (Updated- With Marble)

Hello, in this Instructable, I will be showing you how to make a paracord monkeys fist.

Step 1: What You Need

To make this paracord monkeys fist, all you need is:

-A Lighter
-two, 2 1/2 foot pieces of paracord

Step 2: Step 1

Start by tying the tips of the two cords together with an Overhand Knot. Tighten the knot until firm. Once done tightening, carefully snip off the cord ends above the knot and melt them with a lighter so it stays and doesn't unravel.

Step 3: Step 2

Slide your fingers done one of the cords, approximately 15 inches and start circling the cord around two split fingers. Wrap around three times.

Step 4: Step 3

Insert the Overhand Knot into the center of the vertical coils, then start circling the running end away from you and around the vertical coils. Circle around three times, creating a second set of coils. Instead of putting the overhand knot in the middle you can just use a marble instead of tying the overhand knot and just put string in the middle.

Step 5: Step 4

Slide the tie off your fingers. Then start circling the running end away from you and around the horizontal coils. Making sure to start circling from left to right, until you have made three circle, vertical to the horizontal coils.

Step 6: Step 5

Adjust the cords until the piece is firm, or until all three sets of coils are snugly wrapped around the Overhand Knot.

Step 7: Step 6

Carefully snip and singe the Monkey's Fist ends for a stand alone piece, or leave a tether.

Step 8: Monkey's Fist

Some other Monkey's Fist I've made. Please let me know if this helped and feel free to leave comments, like and follow. 

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    Please be careful with your monkeyfist. In some states (California for sure) it can be considered a deadly weapon. Yeah, I know! But still, this beautiful knot can cause you some grief. I like to do it to my long length of coiled rope for tossing. I just saved an elderly woman last month out of the California Aqueduct with my rope. She survived.

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    Way to go. Ya done good. I found that if you melt the ends of the cord and then just mush them together, you can get rid of the knot. Then just before you adjust everything, slip a marble inside. Keep up the good work.

    My son in law just got 2 puppies and I'm thinking if I can find dog safe rope and leave out the marble, this could be an inexpensive chew toy for them. All they want to do right now is use those sharp little puppy teeth on anything (or one) they can!

    nice instructions
    easy to learn... great


    4 years ago

    cool. Not too difficult.


    this helped a heap Thank yo

    Thanks for posting excellent instructionable...

    Long Long Time Ago these were a badge, marker, reward thingy for an outfit in Texas known as Palmer Drug Abuse Program & were tied outta leather around a pachinko ball - think I'll try with a marble of various size when I get technique down / better / learned up.

    ... as to weapons things [even instructables bleeds politics these days...] the poster stating that it was essentially up to law enforcement discretion [Cali statute & all + others] is essentially correct, plus; as always, context is the main thing guiding most [sane] cops... Yes, a bad apple [or more, look at Rampart scandal, NYPD in the time of Serpico, etc., etc.] causes trouble for citizens, civilians and even fellow officers BUT more and more these days they are just people doing a job that [never forget] can get them KILLED for a meager check & dodgy benees... You might be a little twitchy too if some people hunted pharmacy techs, paralegals, chefs, administrators, studio tape ops [or whatever gig YOU do] as a sport...just sayin'... thanks for reading... Rant OFF.

    BTW - where do you find your paracord ? I've had good luck on Etsy BUT my source can't find rainbow / white line like in your original images... Thanks Again

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    Sailors use monkey fist knots for hurling lines--an 8 ounce weight in the end of a long line of small courage (1/4 to 3/8 inch line) can be tossed an impressive distance by spinning the weight at the end of two feet of cord, let go of the cord when it's on the rising quarter of its spin and off it goes. I saw one of the men from my division hurl a monkey fist over 240 feet (the line was 250 feet and we had about two feet of line when the monkey fist landed on the pier). Also, a century ago, the sailors used monkey fist knots on one end of a braided line with a loop on the other as a belt; and a shorter version of the same as a mace.


    4 years ago

    Made my first one this evening evening took about half an hour mostly getting it tight. Thanks for this.


    4 years ago

    can you make a bolas

    love simplicity of instructions. ill definitly make one today

    Just wanted to say congratulations on being a finalists in the Great Outdoors Contest! This was a fantastic instructable! Good luck!

    I have never been able to understand how to make this knot. Until now. Thank you for HD pics and clear explanations ;)

    Excellent 'ible! Very clear details. I've often wondered how to do this, and this 'ible makes it crystal clear how. Thanks!

    Awesome !