Cat O’ Nine Tails

Cat O’ Nine Tails

I started making this Cat O’ Nine Tails a long time ago!  It was for a customer that ordered one and may have needed a second matching one.  To make the work easier for me I started them both at the same time so that  I could match diameter and thickness of the lashes.  Turns out they didn’t need the second Cat O’ Nine Tails, so this one has had work very slowly put in on it over the last year.

This whip had all the lashes plaited, but they needed to be tied off, so yesterday I put the knots on the ends of all the lashes.

cat o nine tails

Now all that’s left to do is put on a wrist loop, do the two turksheads and shellac.  This Cat of Nine Tails has slightly different construction than I would normally use.  Normally I would use a shot loaded core, but this one (and it’s mate) have fiberglass cores.  Hopefully I’ll finally finish this over the next few days!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Cat O’ Nine Tails

Cat O’ Nine Tails

A while ago a movie production company needed some Cat O’ Nine Tails.  They needed 1 – 2 actual floggers and two that were just the handle.  I started making the two complete Cat O’ Nine Tails as a matched pair.  So I built up the insides at the same time.

Then the company let me know they only needed one of the complete Cat O’ Nine Tails.  That left me with one that only had the inside of the handle and 6 tails finished.  This has been sitting across a couple of pegs by my plaiting hook for about a  year.  I’m finally getting around to finishing it up.  It still needed the overlay of the handle and last 3 tails to be finished.

cat o' Nine tails

So yesterday I cut out the 12 plait overlay and did all the strand prep.

cat o' Nine tails

One of the reasons well made leather goods cost more than the imported junk is the amount of leather that can’t be used.  After I trim a kangaroo skin, keep having to trim the skin while cutting out the lace, paring and splitting sometimes it feels like I throw away more leather than I use!

I plaited the overlay with finished the last three lashes.

cat o' Nine tails

There is still  a lot of work to be done before this is finished!  I need to put a wrist loop and knots on the handle.  I also need to tie knots at the ends of the lashes.  Once this is finished it will look pretty cool!

One of the reasons the movie production company chose my Cat O’ Nine Tails was that mine didn’t look junky.  There are a lot of them out there where the tails and handle are two separate parts that are attached together.  When I make mine the handle and tails are the same lace, so unless you cut them off, they shouldn’t ever come off.  Sure you pay a bit more for one that I make over the imported novelty ones…but mine will last longer!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Cat O’ Nine Tails

Cat O’ Nine Tails

Yesterday the kangaroo skin for the Cat O’ Nine Tails arrived:

Drum stuffed veg tanned kangaroo

I’m making a pair of these and normally in the past when I’ve made them they handle was make like a signal whip with a shot core and not rigid.  These are being made with a fiberglass handle which will be fairly rigid, but still have a bit of flex to them.

Here’s one of them with one of the tails plaited and the lace for two more attached:

cat o nine tails

Plaiting all the tails and tying all the knots is very time consuming!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Cat O’ Nine Tails

Cat O’ Nine Tails

I’ve wanted to make a Cat O’ Nine Tails for a while now.  The main reason (beside that I think the look kinda cool) was that I didn’t know how the nine lashes fit into the construction of the whip.

I made this one out of cowhide (with kangaroo knots) as my “proof of concept” for a plan to  make one from cowhide.  I’m going to make a couple of changes between this cowhide one and the kangaroo one that I’ll eventually make.  The main difference will be the kangaroo one will probably NOT have a rigid handle, where the cowhide one has a 10 inch spring steel handle.

Here’s the finished cowhide one:

Cat O' Nine tails
Flogging whip
Cat O' Nine tails

The handle of this whip is 12 plait.  I’m not really in the Cat O’ Nine Tails business, I just wanted to make one to figure out how.  I have no idea what they should sell for, so I’ve listed this one on ebay and I’ll let the market figure out what it’s worth.  To view the auction visit:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220510764879

Also yesterday I got a few more kangaroo hides in:

kangaroo for bullwhip making

Louie
http://bullwhips.org