Lately I’ve been working on the nose button knot of a bosal that I started making a while ago. These long knots are a lot of work to make, this will have 12 bights when I’m finished.
I found that while tying the knot using twist ties to hold the strands in place really helped while I was doing the beginning the knot.
While rereading Whips and Whipmaking by David Morgan, he mentions that the long knot can be used to strengthen the transition of a bullwhip. The knot was used for that in traditional Argentine whips. Most modern bullwhip makers don’t use a knot to build up the transition of a bullwhip…however Joe Strain in the past has made a couple of unique whips with different plaiting styles at the transition.
Also a few days ago someone posted an article from an old Popular Science magazine about how to make a plaited snake. You can read the article here. I happened to have some scrap kicking around that was about the right size so I banged out a quick snake:
And about a week ago I got a new strop in the mail:
Hopefully this will help me keep the edge on my blades!