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Red Oxx Monkey Fist Zip Knot


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 LOVE the Monkey Fists
By , Georgia, October 15, 2008

I love these monkey fists. I have them now on all my bags. Simple to install and easy to grip, these make a good bag great. The ease in which they assist in opening a zipper, or interlocking two together to secure one, is simply amazing. Great work Red Oxx Team!
 Traditional ropecraft for modern times
By , united kingdom, October 15, 2008

Monkey fists were traditionally used by sailors to create stoppers on ropes for handles, to protect parts (or ships) from hitting each other or to prevent them from pulling through eyes. There are much simpler knots which serve the same purpose but this was one of the few ways a sailor could express a bit of aesthetic style in his work. Much larger and more complex monkey fists adorned many a fine sailing vessel. Much more stylish than the typical plastic fob and with no breakable parts sometimes the traditional solution is the best.
 Love them if I don't lose them
By , Los Angeles, CA, October 15, 2008

I love the little monkey pulls on my Red Oxx luggage. I purchased a bunch of new bags at the beginning of the summer and love both the bags and the pulls.The detail, the quality and feel of the little monkey fists is a pleasure. They are easy to hold and easy to grab for.Since June I have traveled about 90 days with the pulls on my bags. When I can I always try to carry my bags and not check them. Sometimes I don't have that choice. My complaint about the monkey fist zipper pulls is that they tend to snag and get lost when they get put through the airport check in and baggage claim belts. I have already lost about 7 or 8. It's too much work to take them all of each zipper before checking the bags in. I would be nice if there was a better way to keep them on the bags.
 Small Item, Big Message
By , Attleboro MA, October 15, 2008

Can we all survive without a monkey's fist on the luggage? Yes, but that's not the point. What I like about this type of zipper pull is Red Oxx has taken a boring commodity and turned it into a pleasing, functional, and distinctive differentiator. It's the attention to detail with the Monkey's Fist and other features of my Air Boss that I like. Thanks for turning something I "lug" as in luggage into something I carry with pride.
 Make the "blind grab" easy!
By , San Antonio, TX, October 14, 2008

I frequently want to zip and unzip my Metro Briefcase to grab something inside it (like a pen or something attached to the dividers), and having the Monkey Fist there to snag makes it a simple! Much better than trying to grab a flat zipper tab. If you need to get in and out quickly, the Monkey Fist is awesome! I actually de-fisted my Beano's 5.5 a bit to make some of the little pockets where I might put something I don't want to lose track of a little harder to open or snag on something - so I've got a few spares now for the places I really use them. I'm actually afraid the zipper might break before that knot will! They'll definitely last as long as the bag.Great addition to the bags! It's the little touches that matter when you hit this level of quality.bob
 Other fun with Monkey Fists
By , Longmont, CO, October 14, 2008

Monkey Fists serve other purposes than just opening your bag. I have an Air Boss which was my main bag for 6 weeks while on study abroad in Finland, Estonia and Latvia. On this trip, I found these uses for the Monkey Fists on my amazing bag: 1. Twiddle with them nervously while hoping that the only bus for the day to Riga didn't just pull out of the station.2. Stare at the patterning in the cording of the Monkey Fist and try to envision mentally how it's tied together. Provides many enjoyable minutes of distraction while waiting for the bus to Riga.3. Flip the Monkey Fist back and forth on the bag, tattooing a gentle drumbeat, until your wife tells you to quit being annoying. Wonder when the bus to Riga is coming.4. Once on the bus to Riga, know in your heart of hearts that the crazy bus driver giving the finger to the Mitsubishi Stealth who won't let him pass and then tapping his horn at the pretty girls on the side of the road will ever see such a beautiful knot as a Monkey Fist again. Unless, of course, we make the trip back to Riga with my Airboss!
 Monkey Fists are remedy for arthritic hands
By , Texas, October 14, 2008

My Air Boss came outfitted with several Monkey Fists. Not only has it outlasted all my other pulls, but it is very easy to grasp even with slightly arthritic hands.I have been using the Air Boss with the Monkey Fists pulls for more than 3 years traveling at least 5-6 times yearly on fun trips overseas and in the USA. It gets a lot of hard use and stands up to even baggage handling.
By , Texas, October 14, 2008

My Air Boss came outfitted with several Monkey Fists. Not only has it outlasted all my other pulls, but it is very easy to grasp even with slightly arthritic hands.I have been using the Air Boss with the Monkey Fists pulls for more than 3 years traveling at least 5-6 times yearly on fun trips overseas and in the USA. It gets a lot of hard use and stands up to even baggage handling.
 Not you average zip pull~
By , Topeka, October 14, 2008

So handy to pull even the toughest zippers or interlock them to help keep honest hands honest.
 best zipper pull ever
By , los altos CA, October 14, 2008

These are the best zipper pulls on the planet. They are big enough to grasp even when wearing gloves, they are durable enough to maybe last as long as my Red Oxx bags and they look really cool compared to any other zipper pull I've used (and I've used a lot of different ones over the years).
 Easy to pull in low light
By , Richmond, Virginia, October 14, 2008

Put one of these babies on the end of a railroad grip zipper and found my paperwork quicker, as with a quick pull, presto the bag compartment was open. That sure helped when the dispatcher called; can't keep them waiting when you got freight to move. Sometimes you have to work behind your seat in the low light of a locomotive panel. Great idea and kudos for helping those folks.
 I wish all my zippers had Monkey Fists on them!
By , San Francisco, CA, October 14, 2008

I experienced my first Monkey's Fist zip knots on my recently purchased C-Ruck (love it!). They make the zippers really easy to operate.
 It just isn't a Red Oxx without one!
By , La Verne, CA, October 14, 2008

These things are great. They really do put the finishing touch on Red Oxx bags. My first purchase from Redoxx, an Airboss, was missing one of the Monkey Fist knots. On my first trip that one zipper just didn't feel "right". Shortly after that trip, I ordered a Gator and asked Amanda if she could through a Monkey Fist in so I could place it on the zipper of the Airboss. I received the Gator quickly and in the box was as promised the promised Monkey Fist (as always great service!). I quickly installed the Monkey Fist on the bag and everything was perfect. My experience really showed me that this small "detail" really makes great bags even better.
By , Fairbanks, AK, October 14, 2008

The Monkey Fist is an absolute necessity as far as I am concerned. *When* I check my baggage, the last thing I do is make sure all the Monkey Fists are intertwined so that the compartments do not *accidentally* come undone one my Air Boss.
 Monkey Fist
By , Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 14, 2008

It's amazing how something so simple can make things easier. I use my Air Boss all the time (love it too!) and the Monkey Fist makes it so much easier to open the zips even when I banged up my hand. Thanks!
 Simply elegant
By , Louisville, KY, October 14, 2008

I own a C-Ruck and the Monkey's Fist Zipper Knots make fumbling for a zipper a thing of the past. And there are a lot of zippers on this pack, with lots of places to store in travel gear.I was staying with friends and one asked me how to "make" those knots I had on my Ruck's zippers. So, not only do they function well, but they look great, too.If you don't have them, you should. And if you do, you already know how great they are. Two thumbs up.
By , San Francisco, October 14, 2008

Well, of course ... a great (arguably the best) zipper pull to be sure, for luggage, clothing, etc.But also a great watch fob, whistle "handle", key ring identifier, etc.And hey, stock up on these to use as inexpensive, yet memorable gifts to people you meet along the highways and byways of your (traveling) life. Anywhere you see a zipper is a new opportunity to give people something to remember you by!
By , Austin, Tx, October 14, 2008

I put a luggage tag through before attaching it in the zipper with my contact info. It is a lot more durable than the typical tag!
 feel the difference
By , Brooklyn, NY, October 14, 2008

Monkey Fist. You just think it's a nice detail... until you REALLY need it.Until your hands are wet and you're trying to get your keys out.Until your fingers are greasy and you're trying to get your camera out to get that one shot.Until the bag slips off your shoulder and you realize you're holding it by the Monkey Fist.They don't slip. They don't break. It's a little thing that makes the bags over the top superior...they could have chosen anything else, but they picked the Monkey Fist.I have a project on my list to buy two dozen and replace them in various other locations... including inferior non-Red Oxx tote bags. Shhhhh
 Fun to look at
By , Greenfield, IN, October 14, 2008

The entertainment factor never seems to end with this knot. While sitting in airports waiting to board it provides food for thought as to how this knot is assembled.Thanks for a great product, I love my Air BossCheers!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other colors available?
Yes, we now offer light reflectiving brightly colored Reflective Monkey Fist Zip Knots.
Where are these made?
Our Monkey's fists are hand-tied by our craftsmen in the mountains of Guatemala. The parachute cord itself is made in the U.S.A.
What is a Monkey's Zip Fist Knot?
This is a special knot that when tied a particular way, looks like a fist.
What is it used for?
Originally used to secure sails on sailing ships, our Monkey's Fist can be used for all sorts of ideas, from pulling zippers on bags, coats and jackets, to a key chain and so on.
Can I order multiple quantities?
We encourage you to place a large order as you'll find all sorts of uses for the knots.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
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Monkey's Fist Zip Knot $0.75

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Monkey's Fists and a fist full of Fair Trade.

How a little paracord zip knot's making a big difference...

A monkey's fist is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist. The monkey's fist knot is most often used as the weight in a heaving line on ships. Our version is used on all our Red Oxx zippers. The sleek little Zip Knot makes it easier to grab your zipper pull, even with bulky gloves on. Use them on you favorite coat or ski jacket or as a key chain!

Each Monkey Fist Zip Knot is hand tied from U.S.A. sourced paracord by our craftsman in the highlands of Guatemala. The work is carried out in the spirit of Fair Trade. Each year I visit the village and check on our workers. The impact of this business has been tremendous for the village. By purchasing Monkey Fist Zip Knots you're keeping families together and helping maintain the proud craftspeople of Guatemala.
Jim Markel
CEO and Co-Owner, Red Oxx Manufacturing

This size is only available in Black / Gray. Looking for colored Monkey Fist Zip Knots? How about one's that reflect light? Try our brightly colored Reflective Monkey Fist Zip Knots.

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  • American made U.S.A. sourced Mil-Spec Parachute Cord
  • Hand tied in Guatemala
  • Each fist approximately 2" long with loop
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