Whip Weight

Whip Weight

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:

signal whip

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:

12 plait 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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo Waste Conclusion…

Kangaroo Waste Conclusion…

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:

bullwhip

There was 24 grams waste from trimming the overlay during the plaiting process.

bullwhip

And the finished overlay:

bullwhip

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.

bullwhip

and in different light / background.

bullwhip

The actual color of this bullwhip (to my eyes)  is between the two pictures.  Here’s the finished bullwhip:

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.
Plaiting soap

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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org