This bullwhip ends in a 8 plait point. I chose to go with an 8 plait dropping to 6 plait at the point for a couple of reasons.
It makes the point a bit more rugged.
It makes each pull while plaiting cover more area, so it’s faster to make than with an 8 plait point.
My goal for this whip was to make an 8 foot kangaroo bullwhip that will sell for under $200. So it’d be a good entry level kangaroo bullwhip. So by having a whip that I could make a bit faster by ending in a six plait point kept the cost down and having wider strands at the point is good for a beginner who will beat up this bullwhip.
Of course this whip isn’t just for beginners, internally it’s how I would make pretty much any other five foot bullwhip out of kangaroo. So it’s a good solid bullwhip!
Yesterday I made some progress on the 8 plait signal whip.
The overlay is basically finished. I’m at the part where I need to start adding in the plaited cracker. That’s probably my least favorite part of making signal whips. Braiding the cracker really makes my hands sore. However I’m pretty sure this signal whip will get finished today, then I can get back to work on the five foot bullwhip!
This morning I started work on a 5 foot bullwhip. I haven’t really decided if it’s going to be 8 or 12 plait.
The kangaroo skin that I’m using is 62dm, which is almost the size of skin needed for an 8 foot bullwhip. This kangaroo skin will also make a 3 1/2 or 4 foot signal whip. The next step for this kangaroo skin will be to cut out the lace for the signal whip, saving the best part of the skin for the bullwhip which will have finer strands.