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The monkey fist knot originally began as a frequently used sailor term. Also called a sailor's knot it was used to pass lines from a ship to shore or from one ship to another ship. The monkey's fist was used at the end of a line to add weight. Generally a bolt, rock or other heavy object would be placed inside the knot to add weight before tightening the knot.

The monkey fist knot originally began as a frequently used sailor term. Also called a sailor's knot it was used to pass lines from a ship to shore or from one ship to another ship. The monkey's fist was used at the end of a line to add weight. Generally a bolt, rock or other heavy object would be placed inside the knot to add weight before tightening the knot.