Make This Weighted Monkey Fist Weapon: It Packs A Punch!


A Monkey Fist with a pool ball embedded in the knot is a vital component to your hunting and self-defense survival collection.

With it, you give yourself a very solid 6 ounces to fell small game or to use in a close-quarter confrontation.

Below are simple instructions to get you started on constructing your Weighted Monkey Fist.

Supplies you need:
• pool ball
• 18ft 550 paracord in a color that you want to be the main color
• 10ft 550 Paracord in a color that you want to be the compliment color
• 8ft 550 paracord in a color that you want for your lanyard and handle
• Monkey Fist Jig
• scissors
• lighter or matches

Monkey Fist Instructions

Step 1: How to Connect Paracord

To get started, we will need to connect both pieces of paracord at the ends so we have one single strand to make our monkey fist:

Take the ends of both your major and minor paracord. In this case, we are using black 550 paracord as our major color and grey 550 paracord as our minor color.

Cut the ends.

Step 2: Melting Ends of Paracord

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Step 3: How to Make A Monkey Fist: Starting

Now, let’s get started weaving the monkey fist!
Grab your jig and line up your paracord so the the merged part is lined up in the center on the inside of the two pegs closest to you.

You will want your major color on the right and your minor color on the left.

Step 4: How to Weave A Monkey Fist

Start the weave with your minor color. Holding the black strand in you right hand so it’s kept in place, use your left hand to wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.

This counts as one loop.

You will repeat this 9 more times until you have completed 11 loops.

Wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.

This is how it should look once you’ve completed wrapping 11 times.

Make a single loop around the peg in order to keep the grey strand in it’s place.

Step 5: Wrapping Monkey Fist Loops

Keeping those loops in tact, place the pool ball in the center and hold it in place with your hand.

Place the pool ball in the center. Start to wrap the black cord up and over the grey loops.

Step 6: Wrapping Alternate Monkey Fist Loops

Repeat Step 4 with the black strand (your major color). You will wrap it clockwise, making sure it goes on the outside of the grey(minor color) cord. Once you’ve wrapped it around 11 times, your ball should be able to sit in the middle without you holding it.

Helpful Hint: As you wrap your paracord to make your monkey fist knot, do your best to keep each loop next to each other and not overlapping any other loops. This will make it easier for you when you start to tighten your monkey fist.

Loop the black paracord counter-clockwise around the outside of the grey paracord.

Keep wrapping like this, going around the pool ball in the center.

Wrap until you have gone around 11 times.

Step 7: Complete the Monkey Fist Loops

Now we are going to complete the last set of loops, continuing with the black strand. This time, we will weave the strand so it is on the inside of the grey loops but around the black loops we just made.
Be sure to use this series of loops to contain the pool ball. Just like the previous steps, you will wrap it around 11 times.

Grab the end of your black paracord.

Thread it up and inside the grey loops.

Thread it over the black loops then back down on the inside of the grey. These loops will be hugging the pool ball.

Thread it back under the pool ball.

Bring it behind the pool ball and inside the grey loops.

Repeat until you’ve made 11 loops.

Ideally, you will never find yourself in a situation where you need a Monkey Fist. In these wild times, however, you never know. Having a Monkey Fist as a weapon is essential to help you in a survival situation protect yourself or hunt.

Plus, once finished, this Weighted Monkey Fist looks Awesome! To see the entire set of instructions, head on over to diy ready.


  1. Brad J Franklin said:

    A monkey fist is what you use to throw mooring lines from ships to docks…or other ships.

  2. Brad J Franklin said:

    ..or hook it to a key chain and beat someone with it, still not the most dangerous weapon on a keychain…put a key between your fingers make a fist and punch like hell.

  3. JD said:

    Its best to do this with a 1in steel bearing.

  4. Jason Wood said:

    I can’t wait to make one with a baseball and then add nails to it

  5. Tucker Cendana said:

    Be careful, check local and state laws before making. This is called a “blackjack” and is considered a burglars weapon and is banned in a lot of states.

  6. James Sarge Buff said:

    technically it falls under the name of SlungShot due to how its used. secondly as long as the handle part to the monkey fist does not exceed 8″ it is legal. thirdly blackjacks aka slap jacks were widely used by mobsters and law enforcement back in the day.and lastly here is a chart that will give you an idea of how much paracord it will take to wrap balls of many sizes

  7. Tyson Charles said:

    I would like to have a steel cube rather than a ball though.. Not sure if you could find one though

  8. James Sarge Buff said:

    mini pool ball and 3′ leash on one and a .50 cal bullet and roller bearing 3′ leash on the other

  9. James Sarge Buff said:

    depends on size if its no bigger then the mini pool ball you got off me it will be the same price as that one.

  10. James Sarge Buff said:

    pingball size solid steel box on an 7″ leash would be what you will up with for legal carry in IN

  11. J.d. Taylor said:

    Considered a deadly weapon in several locations , this thing could get you justifiably killed.