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The Monkey Fist knot has a long history since 1800's, main purpose as a weight at the end of a rope or  just for decorative use.
The monkey fist was also used as a melee weapon among sailors  and gangs.

In this guide I will show how to make the Monkey Fist using a marble inside the knot.

The first few attempts could go wrong - this knot needs a LOT of patience so take your time and especially the final tightening part, do it slowly and you will get a cool Monkey  fist.

Everyone are welcomed to vist my blog for more paracord guides and projects: 
http://paracord-projects.blogspot.com/

Step 1: Option 1, Monkey Fist guide

Picture of Option 1, Monkey Fist guide
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Step-1 Many objects could be used inside the knot preferably round or square, I chose to use a marble. The marble is light weight and you can get it in different sizes. It is possible to use metal balls but they are heavy and will  "upset" metal detectors. 
For this project you will need 4-5feet paracord , scissors, lighter, pointy object and a bit of  
patience.
In this guide I used a small marble so 3 times around every side is enough to cover the marble.
 
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mthz120120 hours ago
خیلی زیبا بود ممنون از آموزش خوبت
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WendiH22 days ago

great tutorial

tkäkelä4 years ago
I keep messing up the whole knot because I cannot figure where the loose end here goes, the one which is now topmost on vertical axis. The next picture is a bit obscure since we cannot see how it turns "inside" the knot - which way it comes out?
GarrasP tkäkelä3 months ago

It's simple, I use something to mark the end that goes on the inside so I can tell where it is while tighteneing. On black paracord, I use a spot of liquid electrical tape of a different color.

trazodone4 years ago
This is really cool. I made mine without a marble or a center and it came out perfect!
GarrasP trazodone3 months ago

It comes out just fine BUT it comes out the size of a pea.

hmmm... never tried it with out a core
zazu_24711 months ago
I wonder if it is possible to make a bolas out of this.
GarrasP zazu_2473 months ago

Of course you can. Just make another with a marble then a third with something of lighter weight to make it wrap around the target.

if you do I would like to see an ible on it.
Thatguyyouthinkyouknow made it!7 months ago
thank you for your time.
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Monkey Fist in action: Check out the movie Inception when the Eames character is skiing away from the badguys towards the end of the movie. There is about a one second shot where Eames throws a rope weighted at the end with a monkey fist and catches it between the branches of a tree thereby creating a taut line that the bad guys ski into. It could totally happen.

And btw, I always make my Monkey Fists without a core.

Do you have a tutorial on how to do a paracord monkey fist without a core? I'd love to try it!

It is done in the exact same way as you see here except, you will tighten it up a bit more to compensate for the lack of a solid core. Using thicker cord will work better when not including a core simply because the thickness of the cord will somewhat compensate for the empty center space.

First of all: EPIC MOVIE
Second of All: I think they look different when they don't have a core... Idk
Donnyroger0019 months ago
Use a golf ball with 550 paracord. Takes about 9 to 10 wraps.

I got a lot of paracord in a surplus store and it was 550. If someone is in Edmonton try Staff Sergents in the West Edomonton Mall. Craft store have 325 and Michaels is now getting 550 cord.

can I use yarn for this? instead of paracord :)
you can, but it will require at least: double materials and ALOT more patience :) Good Luck!
Schmidty163 years ago
where do u get paracord at
in the us, hobby lobby or other craft store, bot you can find 550 on the Web for better quality and cheaper.
The wood plan is brilliant! If you don't have wood, with a little ingenuity ( which I'm sure you have ) you can use the same plans on other mat. such as plastic or even duct tape :)
cvezina11 year ago

I completed my best monkey fist knot yesterday using quarter-inch poly-fill rope (the cheap crap with the blue paper core) with a sand filled tennis ball in the knot. It turned out to be a little over half a meter long. When testing it, I smashed it against a two liter bottle of water, unopened, and it compressed the bottle so quickly that the cap split in two.

Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :D

Bobey1 year ago
Did not get it
mishmash252 years ago
I'M FROM WALES IN THE UK AND I HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN TO USE PARACORD, I AM LOVING THIS NEW PROJECT AND I HAVE MADE A FEW PARACORD OBJECTS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND THANKS FOR THE TIPS. PAINTEDLADY25@BTINTERNET.COM
will 3.7 feet work?
"For this project you will need 4-5 feet of paracord"

It will work but you will have nothing left on the loose end to attach the fist to anything else.
TP-LINK2 years ago
love it.....try,,,,,,,,
triumphman4 years ago
If the ball or marble shows through after tightening, do I need to make the wraps 4 strands instead of two ? Sounds logical, yes
There is a video on you tube that tells you a very helpful piece of advice, heres the URL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X95RKTxIHFY I think you will recognize what you are doing wrong when he mentions it.


watch the whole vid. athough two wraps may not be enough :/
triumphman4 years ago
Oops, forgot to ask, what is the size of the boards, how far apart are the nails, what size nails, just so I can obtain some accuracy! Thanks again!
I made a monkey fist before and i don't think it really matters how far apart they are.
koby_elian3 years ago
it is like the same way they used to make volleyballs, sort of...
jc884 years ago
Does anyone know how to adapt one of these for a cub scout neckerchief slide? I would assume you add a short tube in the middle.
triumphman4 years ago
Very nice!
What size paracord did you use for the demostration pictures?
Thanks for your guide... I used the Hot Glue gun to stick the rope not to scatter apart
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lyonpridej4 years ago
The monkey fist is my favorite knot & the easiest I've ever done! I've NEVER been able to tie knots-my dad taught knot tying, my 3 boys are in Boy Scouts, I was a Cub Scout Leader. I've had people try to teach me over & over. I don't know if it's being left-handed or if my brain just isn't wired right, but if I could even make heads or tails out of what they were showing me, I coudn't remember long enough to do it a 2nd time. I always loved the look of the monkey fist & was thoroughly intimidated to even try it for years, since I can barely get past a square knot. Then I saw an instructable & thought I'd give it a try. Imagine my surprise & delight when within an hour. I had completed my 1st monkey fist just by looking at the photo & instructions over & over! My next one went even faster & by the time I made the 3rd one I didn't even need instructions to follow!WOW! My favorite is the stretch paracord(?) I got at the surplus store, because it's very forgiving & you can stretch it as tight as you need but go back & loosen it if you need to. Instead of a marbe in the center, I bought a bag of jingle bells at the craft store & I use a pair of pliers to crimp the metal hanger loop down to make it round. I made about 2 doz. jingle monkey fists for my boys to take to Trapper's Rendevous in Kansas to trade. I also used them as pulls on my ceiling fan (see photo) & made some for my nephew to play with - but I never knew how to end them neatly.
I love this instructable, especially the cool way to end the knots & the contraption you built to make them! I can't wait to try some of these! Thanks!
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NutandBolt (author)  lyonpridej4 years ago
I am very happy you liked my Ible. Well done with your monkey fist.
When I learned how to make the monkey fist knot I looked at many web sites and didn’t really find a good guide. That is why I tried to make a very clear and easy to follow steps.
Thanks again for your kind comment.
You get  Monkey Fist MASTER Patch from me.
Thank you, my 1st patch!
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