If you’ve read my blog since it got started you’ll know I’ve taken apart many whips over the years. These are whips made by the top whip makers in the USA and the world…and some by whip makers that aren’t top of their game.
Since the nylon bullwhip from Pakistan isn’t one I’m going to use I figure why not take it apart. Here’s the whip before:
So far I’ve gotten just shy of about halfway through the unbraiding process. Before we get to the pictures here are a couple of things visually that I notice before taking apart the whip:
1: The transition knot is larger in diameter than the heel knot. After taking apart the knots there is no real reason for this other than style. It makes me wonder why it’s done that way when most modern whips have equal sized knots or larger heel knots.
2. The strand drops are really strange looking. Where the strands drop the strand to be dropped is on top of the strand next to it. After seeing inside the whip I think the strand drops aren’t drops at all, they are “strand adds”. Meaning the whip is braided from the point towards the handle and strands are added instead of dropped.
Okay now here’s the photo gallery with some notes:
I’m very interested in this core that is wrapped in electrical tape. From the tip that isn’t covered it looks like it’s paracord with a leather bolster on top then electrical tape. We’ll see what’s up when we get there…
I frequently get emails from braiding companies in places like India or Pakistan that want to send me samples. I’ve never taken them up on them until recently. My main reason for not taking the samples is that I didn’t have any intention of selling whips made overseas.
However with me messing with nylon whips recently I got another email from a company and I decided to take them up on their offer. Mainly to see how mine compared and if they made something as good or better I’d consider selling them.
Here’s what they sent me:
Right after opening seeing this whip my first thought was the fall was too long. Shortly after starting the whip cracking session this was confirmed. I cut a few inches off of the whip and it handled a bit better.
I took it to the park earlier today and had a little cracking session. Here’s a sample of it:
Internally this whip isn’t effectively carrying energy to the end of the whip. It does “closed loop” cracks like a circus crack or over head crack fairly well. However for “open loop” cracks like a flick/forward crack or side arm the whip seems to stall out about halfway.
So in my opinion this whip would be good if you want to learn one crack and really don’t want to progress past a very basic crack, so if it were for someone like an actor that only needed to crack a whip once in a play. I think a beginner trying to learn a forward crack is going to have a hard time with this whip.
Knowing my feelings on this being a good learning whip, there is one instance I would sell them. That would be if I sold my whips in a booth at places like Ren Faires (which I don’t). I’d use these to fill my booth to offer something cheap for “impulse buyers”.
Also I’ve changed how I think about all these companies offering to send me sample whips. Since they are contacting me, not me asking them for something, I will take the free whip…just keep in mind when you contact me I have very little interest in reselling whips that I didn’t make, so when you email me offering a sample you’re probably wasting your money.