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First, of course, the pricing chart and ordering instructions just to keep things easy to find. Details about mini bullwhips follows. Note: if you would like spiral plaiting (16 plait or above) on your whip, talk to me first, but ordinarily add $100.
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 $545, a 3ft 20 plait split spiral is $585, and a 3ft 24 plait split spiral is $605. 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.
|Mini Bullwhips – Shot Loaded Core|
|12 plait||16 plait||20 plait||24 plait|
|3 feet||$320||$345||Not Available||Not Available|
|5 feet w/extra plaited belly||$435||$460||$560||$610|
|12 plait||16 plait||18 plait||20 plait||24 plait|
What is a mini-bullwhip? Not a big mystery: a mini bullwhip is simply a scaled down version of a full sized bullwhip, shorter and narrower. I do two different general types of builds: shot loaded, and naturally weighted (if you look above, the first chart is for shot, and the second is for naturally weighted).
The shot loaded whips are a little heavier or “beefier” if you will, with a finished diameter at the heel in the 22-25 mm range, shorter handles, and a bit more heft in the hand. Too, I’ll build them as short as 3ft long if you like, because we can account for the short length with the shot bag, right? Right!
The naturally weighted whips do NOT have a shot bag–they depend for their balance on the natural weight of the leather. Instead, I build them with 2 bolsters and 2 plaited bellies (and a number of layers of binding with flat sinew). I got interested (or frustrated is a more accurate way to put it, lol!) in doing these builds because I had the opportunity to do a repair on a Mike Murphy 16 plait bullwhip, and I just loved it and I want one of my own, but guess what!? So does everybody else on the planet who loves whips, and they’re all smarter than me at finding Mike Murphy whips for sale before I do. Fortunately, I, too, am a whip maker, and no slouch besides, so I took a buncha pics, measured every dimension I could think of, did some research, toiled night and day in the shop, yelled “YESSSS MAWSTAH!!” and “IT’S ALIIIIVE!!!” just for fun a coupla times at 3:00 in the morning for which not a single person thanked me and poof! I created my own version. Now you too can have a Desert Minx naturally weighted bullwhip same as me cause you can’t find a damned Mike Murphy whip for love or money, either!
Naturally weighted whips have a more slender profile, with a lighter heft in the hand, and generally the finished diameter at the heel is in the 19-21 mm range, with longer handles. These I will NOT build at less than 4ft, because they’re just too light to go that short without a shot bag, okay? These whips are splendid if you like doing fast volleys, and they slick out on a throw like they can read your mind, and will reward you on demand with a crisp, loud crack.
I have photos of BOTH types of builds below, and I’ve written in the captions to the photos which ones are which, so take a peek!
Generally speaking, mini bullwhips are great for learning to throw: the weight of the fall slows the whip down a little bit, so that once you’ve thrown the whip you have a bit more time to get out of the way if/as it comes flying back! 😉 Too, the rigid handle gives a bit of extra control compared to a snake or signal whip, so that also helps if you’re just learning to throw.
If you have questions or an interest in a mini bullwhip, of course drop me an email and I’ll get back to you toot sweet!
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