Different Types of Whips

Different Types of Whips

There are many different types of whips, from snake whips to floggers to bull whips.  This post is going to talk about the differences of the four of the main types of whips used by  whip crackers.  Notice I said whip crackers, that means I’ve narrowed it down to whips typically used by Sport Whip Crackers.  So I’m not going to get into things used by lifestyle whip community like floggers etc.

The four whips that I’m going to show are Snake Whips, Signal Whips, Stock Whips and Bullwhips.  Also a quick not to mention that quite often Signal Whips are called Single Tail Whips by people in the lifestyle whip community, however technically any whip with one lash is a single tail whip.  So a bullwhip is a Single Tail Whip, however most sport whip crackers don’t refer to them as single tail whip.

A little while ago I made what I’m calling a Whip Sampler Pack which was a snake whip, signal whip, bull whip and a stock whip.  All four whips are 4 feet long and made in 12 plait kangaroo.  Here are all four of them together:

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Now lets talk about the qualities of each whip.

Bullwhip:  A bull whip has a rigid handle, plaited lash which is permanently attached to the  handle, fall and cracker. These are typically measured from the end of the butt of the handle to the end of the fall hitch.  So the fall and cracker are not included in its length

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Signal Whip: A signal whip has a flexible handle, plaited lash that is permanently attached to the handle and a plaited cracker.  I’ve found there is a lot of variation in how these are measured.   Some whip makers measure the entire length from the butt of the handle to the end of the cracker.  Others only measure the braided leather portion.  This slight variation in measurement can give you a variation of 6 ish inches in the overall length of the whip.  So if the exact size is very important, talk to  you whip maker to see how they measure it.

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Stock Whip:  A stock whip has a rigid handle, plaited lash that is NOT permanently attached to the handle, fall and cracker.  So you can remove the handle or lash and put a new one one when the old gets worn out. The longer handle gives you a lot more leverage than a shorter handle when whip cracking.  These are typically measures by the length of the lash only.  For example 4 foot signal whip is the 4 foot lash, plus the handle, fall and cracker giving you a whip with an overall length much longer than four feet!

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Snake Whip:  A snake whip has a flexible handle, plaited lash that is permanently attached to the handle, fall and a cracker.  These are typically measured from the butt of the handle to the fall hitch.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of whips?  Mainly length and leverage.  For a example a stock whip is going to have a 20ish inch handle which will give  you a lot more leverage in your crack than the shorter bullwhip handle.  However the bullwhip’s shorter handle will give you more leverage than the non existent rigid handle in a snake or signal whip.  However if portability is a concern then the snake or signal whip with no handle will easily coil up and fit into a handbag.  If space is an issue,  like for lifestyle whip crackers then the shorter whip like a signal whip is a better choice than a something like a stock whip.

What does that all mean to you?

Honestly I don’t know what your goals with whip cracking are, so I don’t know what you want to use it for. If it’s for sport cracking and you have been bitten by the whip bug then at some point you will probably try all of these whips.  Since they are all different they will all give you different whip cracking challenges!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whippin’ Up Some Bullwhip Accessories…

Whippin’ Up Some Bullwhip Accessories…

It’s been a very busy few weeks for me between performing and making sure orders get shipped out quickly I haven’t had time to update this blog as much as I’d like.  A couple days ago I had a run on crackers and whip holders, so I spent yesterday making them and shipping them out, in addition to all the other plaiting work.

I tend to sell more polypro crackers than nylon, but had to make some nylon crackers for some orders:

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And I ended up making a couple of batches of bullwhip belt holders.  I made one batch and they all sold and had to make another!  Here are half of dozen of the bullwhip holder blanks:

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And here are some finished bullwhip belt holders:

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You still have a few days to order anything IN STOCK (whips, crackers, DVD’s etc) if you want it to arrive by Christmas (for delivery in the USA).  Orders placed by 9 am (pacific time) on 12/20/12 will ship via USPS priority mail and should arrive my 12/25/12.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

12-12-12 12%off Whip Sale!

12-12-12 12%off Whip Sale!

Today is one of those fun dates 12-12-12 and for fun I’m offering anything in stock at 12% off.  That’s all in stock:

This sale is good from now until I wake up in the morning tomorrow (12/13/12).  Also all in stock orders placed during this 12% off sale for delivery in the USA will get Guaranteed Christmas Delivery!  If you order during this sale your order will arrive by Christmas or I’ll refund 100% of the shipping charges!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Crackers and Kangaroo…

Crackers and Kangaroo…

I just had a batch of 100 crackers come in:

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I also got almost enough kangaroo for a plaiting project I’m working on:

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Initially I thought these five skins would be enough kangaroo for 55 feet of 8 plait, but I think I’m going to need at least one more skin (probably two).  I just ordered a couple more  skins just in case.  It would be enough, but with this project being eight plait, I have wider strands and can’t use as much of the middles of the skins.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip In Progress

Signal Whip In Progress

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!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Nylon Crackers

Nylon Crackers

I just had a ton of nylon crackers arrive:

nylon crackers

The person that made these for me makes them for one of the top whipmakers and also for one of the top whip sellers in the USA.

Personally the two whip making jobs that I like the least are making falls and making crackers.  I’m very glad that I found someone to make crackers for me.  Now I just need someone to make falls for me…

Since I just had a ton of these come in, the Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/12/09 only) is 33% off all crackers; nylon or polypro.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org