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This multi-colored monkey's fist I discovered while trying to find out a way to remove flaws in the original monkey's fist when making turns from one direction to the next. I realized by cutting the cord it enabled me to use different colors and take out the flaw. In the next step I added a diagram on how to create the original monkey's fist for those that may be attempting this for the first time and want to see the difference between mine and the original.
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Step 1: The original monkey's fist

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here you can see an illustration of a monkey's fist done all with one string. It was used originally as a heaving line for sailors.
This one we will create is more for decorative purposes.

Step 2: Things you need

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Here, I have 3 pieces of para-cord, you may use rope or any knotting cord. Dice for the core of the monkey's fist. Pic or a pointed tool to help negotiate the material.

Step 3: Creating your monkey's fist tool

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This home made tool will aid you in tying a monkey's fist. It is easily made by cutting a wire clothes hanger with a pair of wire cutters and bending it into a "U" shape as shown in this picture.

Step 4: Begin wrapping cord

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Now we can begin to start the monkeys fist. Start by holding a piece of cord as shown below as you begin to wrap the paracord around the tool you just made.

Step 5: 1st wrap

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Now you will make four complete turns making sure all sides have 4 strands before continuing to the next step.

Step 6: Starting the second wrap

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Now you will begin making the next wrap of color making your way around the gray with the orange as shown. Again making 4 complete rounds and making sure that each side have 4 strands showing.

Step 7: Second wrap completed

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here you see the second layer taking shape after you have made your rounds.

Step 8: Final wrap and core placement

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Now you will start with the final strands looping over and under the orange feeding the cord as you make 4 more rotations. before you completely finish the final strands slip in your core. This time I'm using dice as the core.
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I almost ordered a rig to do this for me until I found this article. You just save me like eight bucks, thank you!!

Awesome tutorial, finally made my first monkey fist. Thanks!

GeoSlash991 year ago
I usually use about 5 feet for a normal, single strand monkey fist, but you didn't specify how much of each three colors you used! >.< Can you please let me know? Thanks, and aside from that, great tutorial!
funsize072 years ago
do you have to use a die or marble or something or can you do it without one?
TripWir3 (author)  funsize072 years ago
You don't have to, however it would require large rope or cord. Traditionally, the monkey fist was tied without any center at the end of a rope aboard a ship to cast line from ship to ship or shore.
do you lose the die?
Yes the dice stays inside as a core!
BLUEBLOBS22 years ago
This looks AMAZING!
This is brilliant! I once made a monkey fist with a bowling ball in the center and I used a jig made out of 2 by 4's, it never occurred to me to scale it down for small fists.
great instuctions i made this i call it a monkeys fist holing a cobra
Thats amazing, it looks awesome.
Grifter6 years ago
Cool. I'm a fan of the coat hanger fist maker (C.H.F.M.). pronounced: Chuffum
bizshop Grifter4 years ago
Please post how to make a CHFM
Refer to step 3... :)
Sting23733 years ago
I have one of these I bought while living close to Ft. Campbell Ky. I have never been in the army and was always curious how they were made. Thanks for this...I do have some cord so I might just try it myself.
mary candy3 years ago
I'm going to make a new one for me :)
 Heres mine I made with a golf ball in the middle
What kind of rope did you use on this fist?
clothline, nylon I think
bamakatt3 years ago
Holy Moly!! After literally yeeears of trying to make a good looking Monkey's Fist out of paracord I FINALLY succeeded last week. Then got bored and went on to trying variations with other material. I have some real cool Type 1 military accessory cord with a diameter of 1/16" (we used to call it "dummy cord"). It was driving me BATTY trying to keep the wraps straight, especially once I added the steelie to the middle with my fat fingers (this stuff is so thin each side of the fist has SIX strands around a peewee size steelie). I was just about to resign myself to ANOTHER decade of trying to solve the problem till I saw this jig you made from an old hanger. THANK YOU!!! Worked like a charm and the finished product looks fan-freakin'-tastic. Only problem is now all my friends want me to make one for THEM
chuckr446 years ago
Very nice. To practice making my first monkey fist I used string. Wow it came out small. No wonder they use paracord or larger cord.
how small was it lol
splazem3 years ago
It looks great! I like all of the colors.
reddevved3 years ago
People used to tell me the fist was the hardest knot to tie but it is actually not that hard.
MECHOL3 years ago
Thanks for the toy cat
reejac3 years ago
i made better
ccobra3 years ago
well done well done '-' '-' '-' '-' '-' '-' '-' '-' '-'!
Darthscout4 years ago
How Much Paracord ar you using for the monkey fist???????
ac7ss4 years ago
I love making them as key-fobs (I use a 54cal lead shot in the core) Great idea with the wire tool. I will have to make one of those. (All this time I have been using my fingers.)
Wow!  This looks great!!  I can't wait to have a go myself!!  Thanks for the tips and the clear instructions!

big-jamie5 years ago
 is there any reason you use dice instead of a sphere ?
 It looks cleaner and it is easter to use(In my opinion)
CHICKEN is better
And also i spelled easier wrong
ROBO-MAN0075 years ago
 NICE !!!! :)
Yours is so perfect and mine is so ugly. I think I need a little practice
AznPanda5 years ago
wow fantastic pictures when i get rope ima do this :D
joye186 years ago
Very impressive. Great Pictures.
Lorem6 years ago
Very nice tutorial, thank you....
TripWir3 (author) 6 years ago
I added pictures and steps.
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