I recently had a stock whip handle come in for a repair. This whip belonged to someone that was a former rodeo performer. Here’s the handle when it got to me:
Here’s the lash (he didn’t send me the lash, so I never got to see it in person):
And a close up of the broken keeper:
Nothing too exciting. When I went to untie the knot, I realized what looked like a two pass knot, was actually one pass!
The maker had tooled a line down the middle of the lace so that it appeared to be two pass knot! I’d never seen this, or even considered doing it this way. They also did this with the heel knot to make it appear to be a three pass, when it was only one:
To make this a more fun repair for me, I decided I was going to try to replicate the lace that was on the stock whip handle. My first attempt was to take my fid and run it down the middle of a piece of lace. It was a lot of work and turned out really sloppy and I forgot to take pictures of it.
For the second attempt I dug out my lace cutter and had the blade barely poke out and ran a piece of lace over it.
This did work, but upon comparing it to the original lace it wasn’t what the original maker did. Also the slit in the lace was so thin, it really won’t show up until the whip gets used a bit and it gets dirty in the slit.
My next idea was to use the tool in the picture below (I don’t know what the tool is called) and cut a little channel in the leather lace:
It took me two tries to get the channel straight, but it ended up working out and I think this is the method that it looks like the original maker used. Here’s how mine turned out:
If you had some sort of tool that you ran the lace over and were mass producing whips, this would be an effective way to save some time. Obviously it only works if everything is pretty much the same size. Based on how this whip was made, the maker was cranking them out, and not concerned with leaving little gaps.
This stock whip handle is on the way back to it’s owner!