Updated: Apr 21, 2020
The Monkey's Fist (or monkey paw) is a type of knot, so named because it looks a little like a small bunched fist or paw. Commonly used at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, the Monkey's Fist makes it easier to throw a 'heaving' line from one boat to another, or to shore. This line would be attached to a lighter 'feeder' line or rope by means of a Bowline (a simple but very old knot used to form a fixed loop at the end of a line).
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Hand wound in Devon, our Monkey's Fist knot is wrapped around an Ashley's stopper knot, also known as the oysterman's stopper. This is a knot developed by Clifford W. Ashley around 1910. It makes a good strong stopper at the end of a rope, giving greater resistance to pulling through an opening than other common stoppers. In our case however, it's used to help shape the Monkey's Fist.
Perfect for the outdoorsy person, this keychain is made using approximately 1 metre of fishing net that has been repurposed after being found washed up on beaches (you never know when you might need a metre of strong cord). We then form a loop at the other end and attach a brass coasted ring, which can then be used to attach keys or attach the Fist to a zip. A handy thing indeed!
This key-ring pays homage to the original Monkey's Fist and is a great mini reproduction of the line that a true sailor would heave across to a dock or another ship.