The Monkey Fist knot has a long history since 1800's, main purpose as a weight at the end of a rope or just for decorative use. The monkey fist was also used as a melee weapon among sailors and gangs. Now you can have this self-defense. The Monkey Fist is great for use with knives, sheaths, zippers, or on your key chain. Strong and reliable enough to have been used by paratroopers during WWII, this cord rope will hold 550 pounds of force. You may want this Monkey Fist paracord keychain to hold all your keys, but some day you might need it for self-defense use. Seven nylon core strands are covered in a nylon sheathing exterior making this Monkey Fist paracord stronger than conventional rope. Looping this rope multiple times will multiply its holding capacity. Tightly weaved around a solid 7/8 inch steel ball, the blue paracord forms a solid Monkey Fist ball which features a loop with a wooden bead and a key ring holder. Completely weather-proof and water or moisture resilient, this nylon cord will last more than a decade and still counting. Do not settle for any other paracord except Atlanta Slings & Things name brand for reliability and longevity under any conditions. Buying a 4.9 foot length is great for all projects and can be cut to fit. Peace of mind comes from a piece of 550 paracord. Paracord was first deployed on the battlefield as actual parachute cord during World War II. Soldiers on the battlefield found it is very strong and has hundreds or thousands of uses. Not long after, the term Paracord was dubbed in reference to this type of rope. Now, it is even weaved into patterns and worn as a belt or bracelet when going on a hiking trip through the mountains. - Building an emergency shelter by tying a structure together. - Repairing a boot or shoe, or even as a boot lace. - An emergency tourniquet can be improvised. - Tie a blade down to make a spear. - Fishing, by using one of the inner strands as a fishing line. - Building a trip-wire alarm attached to a noisy object, like a can with pebbles. - Hang your bag down from a tree branch to keep animals away. - Repair torn clothing by sewing or tying the inner core strands. - Snares. Build a trap that will catch dinner for you. - Repair and secure equipment, or even hang it from a belt. - Makeshift weapons, like a lasso slingshot. - Secure an animal or make a temporary leash. - Floss your teeth with the inner strands. - Make a hair tie, or even a head covering. - Put up a clothes line to hang clean laundry to dry. - General tie down of much anything. - Uses only limited by your imagination. Not a certified life-line, but is tested to hold 550lbs of weight only from our manufacturer. We are always finding new ways to use Paracord. Feel free to comment in the reviews with uses you have found for our Type III Paracord.