I made this whip a little while ago and used it for a bit:
but then it got damaged.
So I lashed up the bullwhip where the strands were broken and visually you really can’t see a difference besides the string wrapped around the whip.
I took it out and gave it a few cracks and it works just fine:
I just listed this on eBay with a very low opening bid and no reserve. To bid on this whip visit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221458916442
I’m almost finished with what will be my last English Calf Bullwhip (for now), however there might be enough left for a short signal whip. I bought this English Calf a while ago and have made 4 whips from it and while I like the leather, it’s just too expensive. It’s priced about the same as kangaroo and kangaroo is a better whip making material. If kangaroo were to become unavailable I would use the English Calf.
The whip I’m working on is a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip.
This isn’t for a specific order, so it’ll get finished whenever I get around to it.
Also I’m doing some spring cleaning and selling some whips that I’ve made, but never really used. Right now I have a stock whip on ebay that is 5 feet long with a 12 plait lash and 24 plait handle. You can check out the auction at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221427874368
Over the next month or so I’ll be listing a few more whips. I’ll let you know here when I list them!
I got a bit of work into the English Calf Bullwhip that I started the other day. I got the belly plaited:
Then I cut out the belly:
And attached the bolster to the handle:
I should be able to get some more work in on this tomorrow!
Also I just listed the Shark Spine Bullwhip on ebay, you can check it out (and bid) at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221380741725
A couple of months ago I made a bullwhip from some English Calf Leather that I had come across:
When I made the bullwhip above I also cut out core and belly for another bullwhip. Yesterday I started to make that bullwhip, first I attached the core to the handle:
Next up was fitting the yoke of the belly to the handle:
And attaching the 4 plait belly to the handle:
Hopefully I’ll find time today to finish up all the internal parts of this bullwhip and maybe get started on the overlay.
I finally finished the bullwhip that was made with English Calf. It’s a 5 foot 8 plait bullwhip. This particular bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and was made with a core, plaited belly, bolster and overlay.
Using only one belly and bolster gave this whip a slimmer profile and I like that look on a shorter whip.
After making and cracking a bullwhip made from English Calf I love the material…but I don’t love the price. It comes in pretty close in price to kangaroo. If the kangaroo supply in the USA ever dries up this is the material that I will switch to!
This bullwhip is available for sale on my IN STOCK WHIPS page!
A while ago I found some English Calf Leather that I was going to make some bullwhips out of. English Kip is a common leather for making bullwhips, however I’ve never heard of anyone doing it out of English Calf. My first project is a five foot 8 plait bullwhip:
I have the plaiting done, it still needs a fall, knots, etc.
Honestly I was amazed at how nice this leather is to plait! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the English Kip that I’ve used in the past, I felt it was over priced for the quality. This English Calf fantastic…however since it’s almost as expensive as kangaroo I don’t know if I’ll use it again purely based on price. It’s slightly cheaper than kangaroo and I think would be an awesome alternative if kangaroo becomes hard to find in the USA, however I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
So to sum it up, ger the English CALF, not the kip.
A couple of weeks ago I got an email newsletter from Steven Siegel and in it he mentioned having some English Calf. I’ve used English Kip before and while it was good for bovine leather honestly I didn’t think it justified the higher price over regular kip. When I saw he had English Calf I figured I’d try some out…and he had a coupon for it in the email!
I ordered a full hide of it and at the time it was $150, however I just peeked at his website and it’s now $175 for a full hide. The English Calf I was sent was good clean skin (no brands or big scars) and while light feels fairly strong. We’ll see what happens when I start to cut it up and braid with it!
My plan is to make some 8 plait bullwhips out of this English Calf. I might get adventurous and go for a 12 plait, but we’ll see how the leather is with an 8 plait before I make that determination. Here’s what the leather looks like:
If you don’t know the difference between kip and calf, it’s basically age/size. Calf is a young cow and kip is a teenage cow. I think this is usually not actually sorted by age but by the size of the full hide.