Tying a Monkey's Fist for a heaving line used in boating for docking and rafting, in camping for hanging a food cache and for a chase toy for dogs or cats.
Alright today on Repairs101 I’m going to show you how to tie a Monkey’s Fist – which is a fairly easy knot to tie that you can use for anything from a heaving line to a toy for your cat or dog to chase.
Before getting started I suggest you get your hands on an awl or a marlinspike or a small screwdriver anyway.
Start by taking three wraps around two fingers held apart like a peace sign. Then turn inward around one side of the wraps for a change of direction and take three more wraps perpendicular to the first three. Then another turn and another change of direction will get you set up to weave in the last three wraps.
This one’s polypropylene rope so it should float. Handy if you need to get a line to someone on a dock or another boat.
If you’re hanging a food cache your heaving line’s going to need a heavy steel three-quarter inch ball bearing. Once you’ve got whatever core you’re going to use inside you want to meticulously pull out all the slack from the short end to the standing line.
Anything other than a knot core will make it difficult to tuck the tail in and will require an awl and some patience.
You know, after only a few attempts you should be able to tie a Monkey’s Fist from start to finish in only about five minutes.
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