Here is a little something that I made over the weekend. This Monkey Fist keyring was made from para-cord, covering a small cork ball. The pink para-cord is a Portuguese Sennit. This is a rather useful addition to a boaters keys, just in case they are dropped in the water. With a only couple of keys this should float!!!
The Monkey’s Fist consists of six surface parts arranged in a spherical covering, featuring a regular over-one-and-under-one weave. To enhance its appearance, this weave is often doubled or tripled, creating a superficial resemblance to a Turk’s Head knot. However, despite being tied with a single strand like the Turk’s Head, the similarities end there.
In the above image the Monkeys Fist is tied as per the video shown below. However, when tying the Monkey’s Fist as a key fob, as you create the turns, leave a long loop in the centre of one of the turns, then cover that loop with a simple
How to Tie the Monkey’s Fist
How to Tie the Monkey.s Fist on a Jig
The video above shows the Monkey’s Fist being tied in a larger rope and int he video below, you will see it being tied using a Monkey Fist Jig. You will see that the way the Monkey’s Fist is tied is the same in both videos. The only advantage of using a jig is, it is less fiddly and your work is held for you.
How to Tie the Portuguese Sennit
This video will show you How to Tie the Portuguese Sennit. I have jumped straight to the part where you tie it around the cable.
What is the Monkey's Fist used for?
The Monkey’s Fist has several practical and decorative uses. Traditionally, it was primarily utilised as a weight or a throwing knot attached to the end of a rope, allowing sailors to accurately throw lines between ships or to shore. Its dense and compact design provided weight and aerodynamic properties for better throwing accuracy.
In modern times, the Monkey’s Fist is often employed as a decorative knot for various purposes. It can be used as a keychain, zipper pull, or a decorative element for bags, bracelets, and other accessories. The intricate design and symmetrical appearance make it visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, some people use the Monkey’s Fist as a self-defense tool, as the weighted knot can be swung to strike an attacker effectively.
Para cord is wonderful material to use, and it also comes in many colours, even glow in the dark and reflective.
Monkey Fist Jig for Sale
|If you enjoy making a monkey's fist, then this jig will certainly make life easier and help speed up the process.|
How to Make a Monkey Fist
To make a Monkey fist check out this page: How to Make a Monkey Fist