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Posted: Howdy all. Now, I know this looks like another monkey fist thread, but I feel like mine is tad different. Correct me if i'm wrong Your welcome to skip the next part and just look at the pretty pictures.
I'm looking to make a pair of monkey fist poi that doesn't contain any metal. I've seen and heard and played with pairs before ( so smooth! just like practice poi), but they usually don't last very long because the extra slack connecting the monkey fist to the rope wears out. But, as an idea from someone, I extending some extra slack, hiding it in the monkey fist, leaving me three strands, in order to braid a stronger connection between the ball and connecting rope/handle.
Posted: Blueberry: Nope, no metal or chain anywhere. Ideally i'd only dip up to half the braided part (so to get that meteor and snakes look on fire), then just hold on to the single string part (as usual).
Plus, if I have too much braiding, that would be a lot of extra kevlar, eek.
Posted: Cool design would you want more fore a larger handle, maybe a larger knot at the end or is that little knot good for you?
To address the weak point part, maybe you can find a fiber glass fabric tube that is about the same diameter as the rope wicking. Thread it over the piece of rope that will be your handle then use that excess loop the same way you did in the top picture to lock the fiberglass in place. Then you can use the top knot to keep it in place at the top. Most Kevlar does contain fiberglass, it has better heat tolerance, but it doesn't soak up fuel. It may do the trick to help protect the weak point by covering it. If you can get PBI fabric tubing it's good too.
I hope that makes sense, otherwise get enough rope to extend the braid all the way to your handle. It may make for a different feel but it'll prolong their life. Just make sure to only soak the head. :P
Posted: Looks like a good idea, but I don't know how much better that will be now that the rope is twisted. Won't it still strain the rope where it's connected to the knot? Also, if you are going to make this out of fire, be very careful when dipping. Only dip for about 10 seconds max. I know someone who attempted a proper dip (30-1min) with a set of all-kevlar-poi. When he lit them up he was suddenly stuck with a flaming rope with the whole thing, including the handle on fire!