Monkey's Fist




About: Hi my name is Timothee I'm 16 years old and in my free time I'm a crafter.

This is a good defense weapon and a cool looking knot for your keys and other items

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Step 1: Materials

Materials you will need to make the monkeys fist are:

  • 50 inches of para cord
  • marble

Step 2:

You will need to cut 50 inches of para chord and then burn the ends so that the para chord doesn't fall apart.

Step 3:

You will need to hold the marble between your index and you thumb and then wrap the para chord four times around your two finders.

Step 4:

Next you will need to pass the para chord under your index finger and wrap it four times around the para chord. Once you've done that you can slide it off if your para chord is rigid enough.

Step 5:

You will need to pass the para chord through he bottom hole and wrap the para chord around the middle four times.

Step 6:

You will now need to tighten the para chord. This is the longest process but it gives a good result.

Step 7:

The monkey's fist is now done but you can add a noose so that it can become a key chain. You will first need to make a loop and then another in the other direction. Then you will need to wrap the para chord around the second loop.

Step 8:

You will need to finish warping the second loop completely and then leave about a centimeter and put it in the loop. Then you will need to tighten the loop by puling on the noose.

Step 9:

You can add this on your keys, knives, or even just just make it a key chain.

Step 10:

I'm not sure if I was clear enough in explaining the steps, but I think the photos will help. Also if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Suggestions and corrections are appreciated. I hope you enjoyed making this monkey's fist.

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8 Discussions


Tip 1 year ago

One thing. You might want to put a differentow name for the ending knot, not a noose, because people should not knot know how to tie a noose. Another knot might be a clove hitch, or a slip knot.


2 years ago

hello, what is the width of the thickness of the cord ? i try to make it with a para cord of 6mm thickness and the 5inches are not enough

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Timothee Gilliersandroazerty

Reply 2 years ago

If 50 inches weren't enough you might of used a marble too big or wrapped the para cord around the marble one too many times. Sorry for any confusions.

Timothee Gilliersandroazerty

Reply 2 years ago

Sorry if you had any miss understanding when reading this instructable. The para cord you have is perfect but you will need 50 inches of it and not 5 inches.


2 years ago

this never was a ''defence weapon'' but the driver to throw the navy cord. As a sailor speaking. LOL

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Timothee GillierAigeas737

Reply 2 years ago

I do a lot of sailing too, but I think it is a defence weapon because it really hurts if you hit some one with it since it has a marble in it.