Ready Now Stuff!

On this page I list things that are already finished and ready to ship. Make sure you scroll down the page, because often I have more than one item on it. Yes, I plan to get some kind of eCommerce software going, but first I have to become an IT Guy! I’m working on it! :) In the meantime, here’s my email:

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Whip accessories!

Personalized leather case for your extra crackers!

Personalized leather case for your extra crackers!

An extremely useful whip accessory, a case for your crackers! Each is made with veg tan tooling leather, hand cut, dyed, and stamped (optional, up to 4 letters), and each includes five (5) 8″ x 2″ bowstring crackers. Wallets are card sized, so you can also tuck your ID and/or credit cards inside for an on-the-go minimalist solution to staying organized when hauling the kitchen sink along with you just isn’t practical. Cracker cases are $25 each plus shipping, and include five spare crackers. If you’d like one personalized, simply send me an email (desert.minx@mojaveoutliers.com), and we’ll get the details sorted for you. (Note: Crackers all by themselves are 5 for $10 plus shipping–so you’re getting a pretty good deal by also getting the cracker case! Unless you already HAVE a cracker case, of course…there is that… 😉 )

Flip side of the cracker cases, showing the maker's mark and snap closure reinforced with a leather pull tab.

Flip side of the cracker cases, showing the maker’s mark and snap closure reinforced with a leather pull tab.

The Pocket Paddle, original design by Mojave Outliers. These are double ended: the narrow end are a sturdy pair of slappers, with a wet-formed thumpy shot loaded head (that roundy bit) at the other, for double duty! Hand cut, dyed, etc., from two layers of 7-8 oz veg tan leather, between 9.5″ and 10″ long, so it’ll fit nicely in your pocket or bag.

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Each weighs between 4.5 to 5.5 oz (I’m using #9 shot for these, as I was worried smaller shot might work its way out, although that’s highly doubtful). I even tested out a new stamp on one of them, a “scarab” stamp! These are $45 each, plus shipping. I have three Pocket Paddles in “Show Brown” and two in classic black, AND I have one in “Saddle Tan.” The tooled Saddle Tan Pocket Paddle already has a home, but if you’d like one like that, drop me an email. Tooled Pocket Paddles (stamped) are $70 each plus shipping.

Pocket Paddle pics!

Pocket Paddles in Saddle Tan! The tooled Pocket Paddle already has a home, but if you'd like one like it, just send me an email and we'll get you sorted (tooled Pocket Paddles are $70 each plus shippng).

Pocket Paddles in Saddle Tan! The tooled Pocket Paddle already has a home, but if you’d like one like it, just send me an email and we’ll get you sorted (tooled Pocket Paddles are $70 each plus shippng).

Detail showing the finished edges of the saddle tan Pocket Paddles.

Detail showing the finished edges of the saddle tan Pocket Paddles.

Pocket Paddles in "Show Brown" (top three) and black (bottom two).  Note the scarab stamp on the topmost show brown Pocket Paddle...

Pocket Paddles in “Show Brown” (top three) and black (bottom two). Note the scarab stamp on the topmost show brown Pocket Paddle…

Detail of the Scarab Beetle stamp in the show brown Pocket Paddle.

Detail of the Scarab Beetle stamp in the show brown Pocket Paddle.

Next, a rustic, biker style Cracker Wallet!

Biker style Cracker wallet with double dragon cherubim concho.

Biker style Cracker wallet with double dragon cherubim concho.

When you’re out in the field (or on scene) and your whip cracker goes flying off into the back of beyond, or becomes sodden with God-knows-what, or ties itself into an implacable Gordian knot, you won’t have to worry, because you’ve got your cracker kit with you, attractive and convenient! This, as mentioned, is modeled after the popular biker style wallet, and I picked it because it allows for a larger pair of hemostats (and just more room in general), which means a better quality of hemostats–important when you’re fiddling with crackers, especially if there’s a signal whip involved. These are completed first edition prototypes, and I’ve modified the original design slightly to allow an interior pocket for the harness needle/fid. The wallet is large enough that you can carry all your cracker essentials AND your ID, cash, cards, hanky, kitchen sink, etc. The leather is an off-cut pull-up oil tan cowhide on the shell, and the interior is roan veg tan kangaroo leather, one is topped off with a double Dragon concho snap closure, and the other sports a Celtic knot motif. As these ARE first run editions, there are imperfections, so these are being offered up at a price that reflects this. Price is $125 each plus shipping (price is for wallet ONLY).

Interior of the Dragon Cherubim Cracker Wallet.

Interior of the Dragon Cherubim Cracker Wallet.

Detail of what the inside might look like once it's inhabited!  Please note that the CONTENTS shown here are NOT included with the wallet.

Detail of what the inside might look like once it’s inhabited! Please note that the CONTENTS shown here are NOT included with the wallet.

Close up of the Dragon Cherubim concho.

Close up of the Dragon Cherubim concho.

Again, the biker style Cracker Wallet is $85 smackers plus shipping. Simply send me an email at desert.minx@mojaveoutliers.com if you’re interested, or have questions or comments!

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(SOLD!) 3ft 12 plait Budget Boudoir Mini Signal Whip, Navy Blue & Whiskey!

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(SOLD!) A 3ft 12 plait Budget Boudoir mini signal whip in navy blue & whiskey kangaroo leather! 5.25″ steel core handle, shot loaded core, 24″ tapered black latigo fall, and THIS one has the coveted B50 Dacron bowstring for the cracker (as you may or may not know, you can’t GET B50 Dacron bowstring anymore, as the company that made it went out of business). Topped with a whiskey kangaroo leather pineapple heel knot & matching bolster. $220 smackers plus shipping! Simply send me an email if you’re interested, or have questions or comments!

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Enjoy!

DM

Desert Minx Wish List and Sources for Stuffs

Sourcing leather working tools and materials is always a challenge. Below is a list, in no particular order, of stuff I want to get my hot little hands on, that I’ve researched a little to winnow out the must-haves from the knock-offs. I thought I’d post it here in case other folks are ALSO looking for tools and materials and would like to know where to find them.

Barge All Purpose Thinner, click here.; Barry King Push Beveler, click here.

(SOLD!) 3ft 12 plait Budget Boudoir mini Bullwhips!

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(SOLD!) Not one, not two, but THREE Budget Boudoir mini bullwhips! The first is the Rudolf whip, characterized by a lovely bright red heel knot–perfect for the season!–with an all black thong.

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This is 3ft 12 plait, all kangaroo leather, with a shot loaded core, 22″ tapered black latigo fall and red B55 poly bowstring 8″x2″ cracker!

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With a lovely proportioned taper and fine plaiting, she slides out willingly with a nice crisp crack.

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Next is a 3ft 12 plait Budget Boudoir mini bullwhip in pink and black kangaroo leather! Classic style with a little pizzazz!

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A heel knot in solid pink this time, diamond plaiting on the handle, and single strand offset on the thong. Shot loaded core, 24″ tapered black latigo fall, and this time a pink B50 Dacron bowstring 8″x2″ cracker!

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…smoooooth plaiting all the way, which is how we like it!

(This Whip has SOLD!) And finally, The Candy Cane Whip!

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A more vintage Christmas look, peppermint Candy Cane whip in green kangaroo leather with red & white. This is an ORIGINAL, too, since I actually ended up spiral plaiting the handle, because that was the best way to get that lovely swirl just right. No extra charge, though, since it’s R&D and I can use this on other builds, too, now that I know how to do it.

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A detail of that classic barber pole look! Do not lick! I mean, you can…but prolly you won’t taste any peppermint, at least not at first…lol!

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Detail of the plaiting out on the thong. The usual clean tapering of the thong & strands!

Enjoy!

DesertMinx

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24/16 Split Spiral Kangaroo Leather Bullwhip

4.5ft 24/16 plait Split Spiral Mini Bullwhip

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This is a recently completed custom order, a 4.5ft 24/16 plait split spiral mini bullwhip, in black & pink kangaroo leather. I pop it in here to give people an idea of what’s possible for an overlay on a whip. THIS is done by plaiting the handle separately, at 24 plait, from the thong which is then plaited starting at 16 plait. One of the nice things about doing it this way is than you have a lot fewer strand drops on the thong, so you get a smoother profile. Too, it vastly simplifies strand tapering, at least insofar as you don’t need to taper the strands on the handle, since the diameter of the handle is the same from heel to transition. The boundary between the handle plaiting and the thong is covered by a decorative transition knot, which is placed on the last inch of the handle (and not out on the thong).

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The above is a detail shot of the “front” of the handle. In this case I went with kind of a “Celtic” motif, but the possibilities are endless!

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And this is the “back” side of the handle, showing how the design wraps around. Having a “front” and “back” side means you’ve got some versatility, particularly if you wanted to personalize the decorative plait with a name or other words.

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Detail shot of the thong and tail, showing the difference in taper along the length of the thong. Nice and smoooooth!

This particular whip sold for $665 smackers, which includes the 24 plait, the fact that it’s a split thong (a bit of extra work), and the custom design itself (i.e., drafting it, and also emails back and forth to refine the design). If this piques your interest and you’d like to have a custom build along these lines, naturally drop me an email!

Cheers!

DM

(SOLD!) 10ft 24 plait Bullwhip by Jim Hurlbutt!

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(SOLD!) I am brokering, for your delectation, a number of whips on behalf of a client of mine, from his private collection. My client is what is known as a whip enthusiast, from the collector end of the spectrum, which means he acquires whips and curates them, but does not throw them, in order to impinge as little as possible on their original conformation. Four of these whips are from well-known makers, while a fifth is in that even more rare category: a large cowhide whip, the leather of which is in excellent condition! I’ll show you that one later; in the meantime, here is the first whip up for sale.

This is a 10ft 24 plait Bullwhip, in all red kangaroo leather, by Jim Hurlbutt, circa 2000 or so, and my client is the original owner. Mr. Hurlbutt of course was famous for his intricately plaited braidwork, and to this day is one of the more famous American whipmakers (granted I believe he also trained for a time in Australia).This whip has an 18” handle with no transition knot—very sleek!—and the heel knot is some kind of 10 bite interweave. There is no wrist loop, it has the original fall at 33”, with an 8 plait point.

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This is a detail shot of the heel knot, with a gorgeous dainty interweave.

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The handle plaiting, with a variety of different plaits.

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Detail of the plaiting on the handle at the transition.

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This whip also sports an extra decorative plait out on the thong, shown here.

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Finally, a detail shot of the tail of the whip, showing the point with the fall knots and fall.

Feel free to send me an email if you’re interested in acquiring this whip for your collection, or if you have questions or comments.

Enjoy!

DM

3ft 12 plait BB Mini Bullwhip!

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Available now! The Argyle Whip! The first rendition of a new addition to my repertoire, the Argyle pattern originally hails from the Argyll region of western Scotland in the 1600’s, the tartan of the redoubtable (or perhaps a better word would be “infamous”) Campbell clan, in this case plaited in black, red & purple kangaroo leather. Next, I plait a BAG PIPE!! Hahahahaha! The rest of the specs for this beauty are a 5.25″ steel core handle, shot loaded core, 22″ black tapered latigo fall, a purple B55 Poly bowstring 8″x2″ cracker, and solid red kangaroo leather pineapple heel knot, with contrasting black bolster. This can be yours for $240 smackers plus shipping! Simply send me an email at the address above, and we’ll get you sorted!

Here are some more pics of this little dainty!

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Again, feel free to send me an email if you’re interested, or have questions or comments!

Enjoy!

DM

Kangaroo Leather Bullwhips

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First, of course, the pricing chart and ordering instructions just to keep things easy to find. Note: if you would like spiral plaiting (16 plait or above) on your whip, talk to me first, but ordinarily add $100.

Bullwhips Pricing Chart
12 plait 16 plait 20 plait 24 plait
6 feet $565 $655 $745 $835
8 feet $665 $755 $845 $935
10 feet $765 $855 $945 $1035
12 feet $865 $955 $1045 $1,135

Once we have the details sorted out, I’ll give you a quote for how much your build will cost, but I won’t send you an invoice until I’m ready to start your build. I use PayPal for invoicing (no, you don’t need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal). If you want to make a purchase right now, then take a peek in the upper right side bar, where I have items that are ready to ship are featured, if any.

Above, of course, is a pricing chart for Bullwhips.  Length is for the whip itself, not counting the fall and cracker.  For instance, if you order an 8 foot whip, the finished whip will be longer than that once you add in the fall and cracker. Yes, I can build whips at lengths in between the ones listed in the chart above, just send me an email and I’ll give you a quote. Also, all my full size bullwhips are naturally weighted, but if you’d LIKE a shot load, I’m happy to do it for you, just let me know.

Are you looking for something a little smaller? I also make mini bullwhips! The page is right here!

12 ft 32/16 plait split spiral bullwhip JB

THIS is a 12 ft 32/16 plait split spiral bullwhip.

5ft 16 plait bullwhip Brandly Saddle Tan

A 5ft 16 plait bullwhip in brandy and saddle tan kangaroo leather. The pattern is single strand offset, with diamond plaiting on the handle so that a strand of brandy spirals around the handle.

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…detail of the handle on the 5ft 16 plait bullwhip in brandy and saddle tan….

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 7ft 16 plait Bullwhip DC Red and Black kangaroo hide leather

7ft 16 plait bullwhip, 8″ handle, in black and red kangaroo leather. For larger whips like this, I find the poly cracker works very well.

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Detail of the handle of the 7ft black and red bullwhip above…nice guitar, eh? ;)

Bullwhip 8ft 24 plait black roan red

This one is an 8′ 24 plait bullwhip, with 4 plaited bellies!

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Detail of the handle of the black roan and red bullwhip

An 8ft 24 plait bullwhip in black and forest green kangaroo leather.  As you can see, the green leather darkens to all but black with leather conditioner, so it's hard to see the difference except in just the right light.

An 8ft 24 plait bullwhip in black and forest green kangaroo leather. As you can see, the green leather darkens to all but black with leather conditioner, so it’s hard to see the difference except in just the right light.

A close in shot of the bullwhip above.

A close in shot of the bullwhip above.

Detail of the handle of the 8ft bullwhip above.  This is 24 plait in black and forest green.

Detail of the handle of the 8ft bullwhip above. This is 24 plait in black and forest green.

Kangaroo Leather Target Hybrid Signal Whips

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What is a hybrid signal whip? It is, simply put, a whip with the cracker attached directly to the thong as usual (no fall), but which has a rigid handle. Other names for this are “target hybrid” or “target signal,” because of course the rigid handle makes the whip a little easier to manage in terms of accuracy.

Handle length for the 3ft whips is 5.25″. You can choose the length of handle up to 8″ for 4ft and above. See the chart below for more details.

For spiral plaiting, talk to me FIRST, but figure on adding $100 to the price of the whip (and be prepared to receive a work of art!).

You will observe that the 3ft whips are ONLY available in 12 and 16 plait. If you would like a custom spiral design (at 16 plait or above), then that means I’ll do what’s known as a “split spiral,” which entails building lace at 8 plait (for 16 plait spiral), 10 plait (for 20 plait spiral) or 12 plait (for 24 plait spiral), and then splitting the lace at the heel end to create the strands for the spiral plait. This is an enormous amount of quite fiddly work just to make the lace, before you even get to the spiral plait, so, a 3ft 16 plait split spiral is $575, a 3ft 20 plait split spiral is $600, and a 3ft 24 plait split spiral is $625. Observe also that it would be less expensive to get a 4ft whip, because those I can do with a normal spiral plait, with just the $100 up-charge.

Yes, I’m happy to do a whip in half foot increments (i.e., 3.5ft), just ask!

Hybrid Signal Whips
12 plait 16 plait 20 plait 24 plait
3.5 feet $375 $400 Not Available Not Available
4 feet $395 $420 $460 $480
5 feet $415 $440 $480 $500
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A pair of 4ft 16 plait hybrid signals in black and white…

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The second of the pair of 4ft 16 plait hybrid signals pictured above…

Purple Kangaroo Leather Hybrid Signal Whip

A lovely 4ft 16 plait hybrid signal whip in purple kangaroo leather, short herringbone on the handle…

Mojave Outliers 4ft Black Red Target Hybrid Signal 150

This is a 4 foot 16 plait hybrid signal whip done in red and black kangaroo hide with an alternating chevron pattern, shot loaded core, and replaceable cracker. The handle has a 6 inch steel core.

Mojave Outliers 4ft 12 plait Black Red Target Hybrid Signal Whip 150

This is a 4 foot, 12 plait Hybrid Target Signal whip in red and black kangaroo leather. Bird’s Eye plaiting on the handle and regular herringbone plait on the thong. The replaceable cracker in THIS rendition is red nylon.

4ft 16 plait W&B Hybrid Signal

Recently completed, this is a 4 ft, 16 plait hybrid target signal whip in whiskey and black kangaroo leather. The Bird’s eye pattern on the handle is modified to account for the extra strands, and is then stabilized with short herringbone at the heel. Nice, eh? This is also an example of a more rounded heel knot, per request by the client who ordered this whip.

JD Hybrid Target Signal Whip

THIS little beauty is a 24 strand spiral plait in brandy and whiskey kangaroo leather, at 4 ft long, with a 6″steel core handle.

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 18 plait 4ft Hybrid Target Signal Whip

This one is a little unusual in that it is an 18 plait, rather than the more usual 16 or 24 plait. The plaiting method is spiral, with an accent on the thong. The whip is 4ft long with a 6″ steel core handle, thong is shot loaded.

4ft 24 plait Hybrid Signal DH 2

4ft 24 plait hybrid signal whip, spiral plaited in navy blue and natural kangaroo hide.

5ft 24 plait Black and Natural Hybrid Signal

This is a 5ft 24 plait hybrid signal aka “Frankenconda” (or “Frickenconda” as it sometimes was), weighing in at over a pound, with heel diameter of 25.97mm, which includes an extra plaited belly. Don’t drop it on your toe! Too, THIS one has a 15″ twisted Dyneema cracker on it. Yes, we QA’d the whip, and anyone who thinks signal whips are no good for cracking, come see me.

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 5 ft 24 plait Navy Blue and Natural Hybrid Signal Whip DH

5ft 24 plait hybrid signal in alternating chevrons. Lookit how straight that plaiting is! LOOKIT!! lol!

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 4 ft 16 plait Bruins Hybrid Signal Whip KM

4ft 16 plait hybrid signal whip a la the Boston Bruins!

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Detail of the heel knot of the Bruins whip…my client provided me with the pin

Kangaroo Leather Signal Whips

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First, of course, the pricing chart just to keep things easy to find. Details about signal whips follows. When you’re ready to order, simply send me an email at the above email address and we’ll get you sorted toot sweet. Please note that spiral plaited designs will entail a minimum upcharge of $100, depending on the plait count and design. :)

Signal Whips
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3 feet $365 $390 Not Available Not Available
4 feet $385 $410 $450 $470
5 feet $405 $430 $470 $490

Very good, and now for a few details!

What IS a signal whip? It’s a smaller whip, between 3 and 5 feet long with no fall—the cracker is attached directly to the body of the whip itself. Signal whips don’t have a handle, either—that is to say, the part where you hold it is not rigid, instead it is flexible (in contrast to a bullwhip, for instance, which has a stiff handle that doesn’t flex with the thong of the whip). I have two general build styles; the first has the handle area bound quite firmly, so that it flexes less relative to the rest of the thong–this helps with leverage. The second style is “supple to the heel” and involves a “hard bind” for the first two inches under the heel knot, while the rest of the thong is evenly supple. The two styles are distinctly different for throwing, but I like to be versatile!

Please note that 3ft signal whips are only available in 12 or 16 plait. The reason for this is that a 3ft signal whip is of course quite short, so there isn’t enough room to drop strands from, say, 24 plait down to 8 plait without quite a bit of crowding. If you really want a high plait count, then I suggest you increase the length of your signal whip to at least 3.5ft to allow room for strand drops.

4ft 24 plait signal whip in black  with red and orange chevrons, Dyneema tail assembly.

4ft 24 plait signal whip in black with red and yellow chevrons, Dyneema tail assembly.

A pair of 4ft 20 plait Signal whips in all black kangaroo leather, with WHITE Dyneema tail assemblies, diamond plait on the handles.

A pair of 4ft 20 plait Signal whips in all black kangaroo leather, with WHITE Dyneema tail assemblies, diamond plait on the handles.

3.5ft 16 plait signal whip in whiskey kangaroo leather with black & blue chevrons, black Dyneema tail assembly

3.5ft 16 plait signal whip in whiskey kangaroo leather with black & blue chevrons, black Dyneema tail assembly

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 4ft 16 plait signal whip spiral switched thong

A 4ft 16 plait signal whip in brandy and whiskey kangaroo leather, with modified bird’s eye spiral plaited into the handle area. An interesting bit about this whip is the thong, which has two strands switched to change it up a bit from the usual 1/4 seam regular herringbone.

3 half 24 plait Signal Whip

A 3.5ft, 24 plait signal whip, spiral plaited in black and purple kangaroo leather.

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 3.5ft 16 plait signal whip roan black & natural kangaroo leather

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5ft Rud Signal Whip

Mojave Outliers Whipmakers 4ft 16 plait Signal Whip Spiral SC

A 4ft, 16 strand spiral plaited signal whip in red and black kangaroo leather.

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Handle detail of a 4ft 24 strand spiral plaited signal whip.