This guest post by Kristopher B and entry in our non-fiction writing contest.
I made a melee instrument out of 550 paracord and a marble.
For measurements, I used a couple inches past 8 ft for the entire project. I broke it up into 6 ft for the handle and roughly two feet for the monkey fist knot.
Make sure prior to starting to sear both ends of the paracord with a lighter in order to make for easier tying and weaving. ALSO, CAUTION BECAUSE MELTED NYLON CAN EASILY BURN THE SKIN… So make sure when searing the ends to not let any melted nylon drip onto a hand or leg.
It took me several attempts to figure out both tying the handle and the monkey fist, but it was well worth it. I now have a very solid, light, non-metal, concealable, instrument for self-defense.
First I tied the handle, as is seen in the video. I measured out the loop for the width of my hand (how big I would personally need a handle to be). So, the first tie to the top of the loop was roughly my handle size with an inch and a half or so for the final tie off. Basically, just follow the video and customize it to your needs.
Second, I tied the monkey fist knot. I only used the step two pictures to complete this, just so you know if the link does not take you directly to step two. In order to keep a secure hold on the marble, dice, or non-metal hard object you choose, make sure that after the form of the knot is complete that you only tighten a little bit at a time in order to get an all around even tightness.
My first test was on a brand new cardboard box left over from a package. With about a half – 3/4 power swing, I put the monkey fist all the way through the cardboard and it was hanging over, not just stuck in the cardboard.
One other nice aspect is that, because I only seared the ends of my roughly 8′ long piece of paracord, and did not cut the left over from the monkey fist, I can untie the whole apparatus and use the paracord for anything required of me in an emergency.
This was my first, cheaper, paracord endeavor. On Amazon, I found 50 ft of ROTHCO 550 Paracord for $5.95 with free shipping. So, if you take 16% of 5.95 one gets about $1.00. So, for $1.00, one can make a very concealable, quickly accessible instrument for self defense. Not to mention, I could imagine a well-placed blow doing some serious damage.
My completed instrument, and it was a bit inaccurate but perfect for what I want, measured at 3.5″ of handle with 6.5″ tail and 15.5″ between the handle and the monkey fist. I used an average small marble and made only three passes on each side of the monkey fist, leaving the monkey fist with a diameter of roughly one inch.
My first thoughts were for having it with you in a coat pocket at a place with metal detectors, like a court house. I thought about this when I visited the federal court house in Cincinnati and had to go through metal detectors. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that people can construe this thinking in a bad way.
Maybe I am naive, I am admittedly new to prepping, but I have yet to meet a prepper who had ill will towards others. So, I figured that if any people could understand my concern for wanting to have something to give one an edge in a conflict that is concealable, it would be the prepping community. So, I hope this helped and best to you and your potential paracord endeavors, and any other prepping plans ahead of you!
This contest will end on February 16 2013 – prizes include:
- First Place winner will receive Two cases of MRE’s courtesy of Camping Survival, A Wonder Junior Deluxe hand-mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads, $150 gift certificate for Fiocchi Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo, ABig Berkey Water Filter System courtesy of TruPrep Emergency Preparedness and a one year subscription to Personal VPN servicecourtesy of unspyable.
- Second Place: A $200 gift certificate for any order from their store courtesy of Shepherd Survival and A Doom and Bloom Mini Trauma Bagcourtesy of LPC Survival.
- Third Place: A Bar-ricade door bar courtesy of My Locksmith, Inc.