Silk knot cufflinks, also known as monkey fists, monkey balls, turk’s heads and bachelor knots, are colorful and much cheaper than metal-like cufflinks.
Because they are cheaper, especially in the United States of America, many men have issues with wearing them and stick religiously to their beloved silver plated cufflinks. However, there is an unfortunate assumption that silk knot cufflinks are less formal or creative. They are just as formal and because they are cheaper it is feasible for a man to buy them in many different colors to coordinate them creatively with the rest of their outfit.
Most of the nicknames for a silk knot cufflink derive from either the monkey’s fist knot or turk’s head’s knot, while they are actually a modified version of the turk’s head knot. The term ‘bachelor knot’ I find most appropriate and amusing. Bachelors go out until late at night and can easily leave the silk knots in their shirts for washing and ironing. This cannot be done with precious silver sterling cufflinks with a valuable gem that might get damaged. Furthermore, they are very light and therefore hardly ever get in the way.
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