Recently I had someone ask me about the weight of the 3 1/2 foot signal whip that’s currently on my IN STOCK whips page.
I threw it on the scale and weighed it:
It came in at 9 ounces, which feels good when cracking it.
So that I had something to compare it to, I weighed a 6 foot bullwhip:
It came in at 15.4 ounces.
Proportionally the signal whip is much heavier than the bullwhip, which is something you want in a signal whip.
I finished the bullwhip where I was weighing the amount of kangaroo used and thrown away during the whip making process. Here’s the inside of the whip ready to have the 12 plait overlay put on:
There was 24 grams waste from trimming the overlay during the plaiting process.
And the finished overlay:
Lace for heel knot was 7 gram. The skin was 56 grams before cutting the lace and 46 grams after cutting. There were 3 grams of waste from cutting and paring and another 3 grams of leftover lace.
and in different light / background.
The actual color of this bullwhip (to my eyes) is between the two pictures. Here’s the finished bullwhip:
This bullwhip is available for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.
Here’s the breakdown
Kangaroo skin (uncut): 262 grams
Kangaroo skin leftover: 46 grams
Kangaroo skin in whip: 105 grams
Kangaroo skin waste: 111 grams
I’m starting to doubt my kitchen scale that I’m using for this experiment. Aside from a wacky scale another factor that might have skewed my results another factor would be that some of the wasted had been coated with and sucked up plaiting soap making it heavier.
To put it in perspective one gram is about the weight of one paperclip. I’m having a hard time believing that I trimmed off of the overlay during the plaiting process almost the same amount of kangaroo that’s in the plaited belly and that I threw away more kangaroo than I used. So while I believe I threw away kangaroo equal to about 111 paperclips, I have a hard time believing the kangaroo used in the whip was equal to only 105 paperclips.