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First, of course, the pricing chart and ordering instructions just to keep things easy to find. Details about signal whips follows. Note: spiral plaiting will add $75 to $100 to the pricing depending on the design.
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 $565, a 3ft 20 plait split spiral is $590, and a 3ft 24 plait split spiral is $615. 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.
|12 plait||16 plait||20 plait||24 plait|
|3 feet||$340||$365||Not Available||Not Available|
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 involves a “hard bind” for the first two inches under the heel knot, and then the rest of the thong is kept fairly evenly supple all the way to the heel knot. The two styles are distinctly different for throwing, but I like to be versatile!
For learning to throw, and unless you have a large space in which you can use a larger whip, I usually recommend either a 4 ft signal whip or a 4 ft hybrid signal whip. The compact size makes it useful indoors in most spaces, yet the whip isn’t so short that it might be too fast for a beginner. The decision is of course ultimately up to the client, but I do recommend at least safety glasses! 😉