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Posted: 10/18/2008 6:37:33 PM EDT
Please excuse my ignorance on the item, but what the hell is a monkey fist for?

I almost want to buy one just to say I have one, but what would I do with it?

Monkey Fist
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 6:39:32 PM EDT
Throwing a line I believe
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 6:43:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 6:43:43 PM EDT by FrankSymptoms]

Originally Posted By SGocka:
Throwing a line I believe



Yup. it is for enclosing a lead ball so you can throw a line. Whenever a heavy hawser (for towing, for example) is passed between ships, they send over a lightweight "messenger line" to which they attach the heavy rope. When throwing a line you need to weight the end so it'll go through the air.


ETA The ones in the pic look like they'd make nice saps keychains.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 6:44:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/18/2008 6:45:13 PM EDT by jaytee450]
Originally they were used to add weight to the end of a line. Now they are just ornamental, I make them out of 550 cord and use them for key chains. They also hurt like hell when you get popped on the head with one
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 6:45:11 PM EDT
Internet can be your friend, if you let it.....

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey's_fist
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 6:52:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 6:59:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NavajoGunOwner:
Internet can be your friend, if you let it.....

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey's_fist


Yea, that's why I asked the question in a tactical gear forum, on the internet. Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/19/2008 2:58:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/19/2008 3:00:20 AM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 10/19/2008 7:05:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/19/2008 2:14:58 PM EDT
it you cut the rubber off of old computer mice, the steel ball inside is perfect for use w/ 550 cord. and they deffinatly hurt , especially if you leave a few extra inches in the line.
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