Recently I had a whip come in that was damaged by a dog chewing on it.
This lash was an older one and I found it very interesting internally based on what I could see. the core appeared to be sash core and very fine electrical wire. The metal in the wire that was exposed was soft and didn’t add any stiffness to the whip, and since it was very thin it couldn’t have added much weight. When it was newer the wire might have added a bit of rigidity to the whip, but with such a thin gauge it couldn’t have added much.
The wire ran the full length of the lash.
I made a 6 plait kangaroo lash to match it, however mine didn’t use any wire.
Here’s the new lash next to the old one:
This was a fun project for me!
Lately I’ve been putting more thought into my wrist loops and because of that they are looking much better. I think there are a couple of things that are overlooked by beginners when they make wrist loops:
- Thickness of the strands: On a 6 plait wrist loop that’s normally used on an Indy Bullwhip you need the strands to be fairly thin.
- Length of the wristloop: I’ve notice that a lot of beginners wristloops aren’t very big. That would make it hard for someone with a thick hand to use it.
Until recently I’ve been cutting my wristloops freehand, but since making my strands thinner I switched over to using one of David Morgan’s lace cutters.
You can get them from David Morgan, they work great for cutting the fine strand of a wrist loop.
I was looking at the bullwhips on ebay and besides the normal seller of sh*tty bullwhips that calls his bullwhips Indiana Jones Replicas, but they look nothing like indy whips. There’s some one selling a whip that is a 5 foot whip as an indy whip, but I think it looks nothing like an Indy Bullwhip.
Here’s the seller’s bullwhip:
And here’s one of Morgan’s Indy Bullwhips:
You can see the huge differences between the two whips. The top picture is a bullwhip, it may be a good whip, I don’t know, but the bottom picture is an Indy Bullwhip! The name “Indiana Jones” is thrown around a lot to help people pimp bullwhips on ebay that really don’t look like indy bullwhips. These people don’t even try to make it look like an indy bullwhip, they just slap the name on it.
Personally here are what I think make the appearance of an indy bullwhip, it needs:
- 12 plait overlay
- checkerboard pattern on handle
- 4 seam pattern on the thong
- wrist loop (6 plait)
- 5 part 4 bight turks heads knots (butt and trasition)
- whip ends as a 6 plait
There are some other things that I think make the “Indy Look” on a bullwhip, but I don’t think they are required. Things like the thick kangaroo hide used and cutting the strands wide. However most bullwhip makers don’t make EXACT copies, their personal style shows through a bit and there’s nothing wrong with that.