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Important Shit | Monkey’s Fist

Dec 1st, 2010 | Categories: Important Shit | by Michael Williams

Important Shit is a new series of posts highlighting seemingly unimportant shit that I think is interesting. First up, how to tie a Monkey’s Fist. You never know when you need to add some weight to a line to deploy it as a weapon a la Steven Seagal Out For Justice. Or maybe you want to learn this just to kill some time. Either way, this is some pretty important shit. Enjoy.

Oh, one last thing, you might want to mute the video — music is terrible.

Comments: 36

36 Comments to “Important Shit | Monkey’s Fist”

  1. nick sullivan
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 11:02 AM

    Top Marks. I saw some old sea dog make one of these ona boat once when i was growing up. He used a walnut inside.

  2. Oliver
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 11:15 AM

    My brother used to make these growing up—and then whack me with them.


  3. aaron
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 11:15 AM

    Makes a great pull for a drawstring / zipper / etc.

  4. aaron
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 11:40 AM

    Without the weight of course.

  5. patgig
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 12:14 PM

    You would more than likely not lose any readers if you did not use profanity. But those of us who would rather read someone who can express themselves without resorting to p[profanity will move on.

  6. Michael Williams
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 12:18 PM

    Honestly if the word shit offends you, I would prefer you not drag your delicate sensibilities across my corner of the internet. This is me waving goodbye!

  7. Makaga
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 12:50 PM

    @ Nick S. – thanks for the mention of the walnut. That seems to be an easier-to-find piece than a solid brass (?) sphere.

  8. linder
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 2:28 PM

    Bring on the genius shit! Love this michael!

  9. russell
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 3:28 PM

    Could you make cufflink knots this way? It looks like a similar knot on a larger scale.

  10. Penn
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 3:33 PM


  11. G.G.
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 3:53 PM

    This is like, ultra-secret CIA shit. Whoever made/leaked this video is worse than wikileaks.

  12. drewcastic
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 3:59 PM

    Good shit. Gives me hope that people still want to make and learn things that don’t always require a computer. With the lessons on Youtube, it’s kind of go online, to get back offline?

  13. E$
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 4:07 PM

    I have a better shot at preforming brain surgery than trying to do that on my own.

  14. kenyan
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 4:17 PM

    Reminds me of those door weights / stoppers they sell at Labor and Wait…I’m trying this out I have a great spool of thick black nylon cord I could use.


  15. thelast1augh (Brian Buell)
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 5:22 PM

    I love this, but if you’ve even tried tying this once, I’ll eat my hat.

  16. thelast1augh (Brian Buell)
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 5:23 PM


  17. art
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 5:30 PM

    @russell: I’ve made cufflinks this way, but it’s hard. Hemostats are essential.

  18. DY
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 5:56 PM

    Did I just see knotted cufflinks at Brooks Brothers? Elastic and silk If I remember correctly. It was the first time Id ever seen anything like that and thought it was quite clever.

    Unfortunately BBs version kinda looked like some cheap point of purchase shit. Either way, love the idea @russell and @art.

  19. CURRY
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 8:18 PM

    my first tattoo was of a monkey’s fist knot. fun fact: they used to be outlawed for landlubbers because of the of great potential for melee weaponry. on the other hand: they were the first and only the thing thrown to men-over-board as a means of rescue.

    ever read Shakespeare? he used profanity all the time in his writing. profanity has power and thus it’s sacredness and impact. words on their own do not impart illicitness, but rather the reaction of the reader to such words begets grudges.

  20. Don
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 9:08 PM

    Dude. Love your shit always. This video sucked. Sorry.

  21. Omdroparebop
    on Dec 1st, 2010
    @ 10:58 PM

    There are precious few hand-made tools with the mad brawling history of the monkeys fist.
    Fabulous feces, indeed.

  22. D. Buckner
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 5:47 AM

    For the core- try the lead from a wheel weight, beaten to a sphere. On the ship we used lead slugs from the anchor chain swivel.

    There is something satisfying about the heft of a Monkey’s Fist vice the soft plastic ball’s that have replaced them.

    More important fecal matter please, Michael.


  23. art
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 7:10 AM

    @DY: Brooks even has multi-colored knots. I can’t quite get my head around that one. Anyway, knot links are not that uncommon. The last shirt I got from Land’s End included a pair. I find them to be a subtle statement of rebellion against garish novelty cufflinks.

  24. jbjones
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 8:23 AM

    i really appreciate that he left enough rope to hang himself

  25. Ray T
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 8:49 AM

    Well I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon

  26. Sam
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 9:44 AM

    Dude, that’s my favorite song! Good poop…err, shit!

  27. Aaron
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 9:53 AM

    I love nots. Such an amazing old-world craft.

  28. Nathan Day
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:05 AM

    I kind of liked the music.

  29. cork grips
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:14 AM
    a pretty good resource, beats playing a youtube video over and over since you can arrow back and forward between steps.

  30. Whitley
    on Dec 2nd, 2010
    @ 7:49 PM

    Just in time for holiday shopping. That’s definitely some important shit.

  31. Scott G
    on Dec 3rd, 2010
    @ 12:11 AM

    Looking forward to the Important Shit series. Not only does the name not offend my sensibilities, the name makes me want to click on all your advertiser links and buy stuff from them. :)

  32. TMH
    on Dec 3rd, 2010
    @ 12:31 AM

    Paul Smith for the knot cufflinks. Always.
    Knots are important. I have tried and tried to stop using
    Profanity and it’s too fucking hard. And I like it!
    George Carlin covered this. As always, Thanks.

  33. Lee
    on Dec 3rd, 2010
    @ 2:24 AM

    Haha so now I know how to tie my Japanese girlfriend up
    Great stuff any more techniques !

  34. KIm
    on Dec 13th, 2010
    @ 12:02 AM

    I had no idea Monkey Fists were used for weapons, I just thought they were used to deploy my canopy. Thanks for the education.

  35. Jeremy
    on Dec 13th, 2010
    @ 4:03 PM

    …fucking awesome. I could watch knot videos for a while.

    Clove hitch is my favorite:

    and indispensable for climbing anchors

  36. CWW
    on Dec 23rd, 2010
    @ 3:32 PM

    Just tied my first Fist yesterday. It is really pretty simple. You can pretty much follow the video at the same speed and not screw up. Crucial caca for sure.