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First, of course, the pricing chart and ordering instructions just to keep things easy to find. Details about snake whips follows. The first chart is for “pocket” snake whips, at 5 feet or less, all of which are shot loaded. The second chart is for full-sized snake whips, starting at 6 feet, which, since they are full sized, are naturally weighted.
You will observe that the 3ft whips are ONLY available in 16 plait. Higher plait counts are available for longer whips. I don’t usually recommend getting a spiral plait with a snake whip since it doesn’t have a rigid handle and so the thong starts tapering right at the heel knot, although you’re welcome to try to talk me into it! 😉
“Pocket” Snake Whip Pricing Chart
|POCKET Snake Whips|
|16 plait||20 plait||24 plait|
|3 feet||$370||Not Available||Not Available|
|4 feet||$390||Get a bullwhip*||Get a bullwhip*|
|5 feet||$410||Get a bullwhip*||Get a bullwhip*|
|5 feet w/extra plaited belly||$565||Get a bullwhip*||Get a bullwhip*|
(*Why does it say “Get a bullwhip?” Because snake whips taper starting right from the heel knot. That means the lace has to be tapered right from the heel knot. So if you’re doing a high plait count spiral design, that taper will create a distortion of the pattern as the diameter decreases. A handle keeps the same diameter along its length, so you avoid the distortion.)
And you can of course always place a custom order!
Large Snake Whip Pricing Chart
|Large Snake Whips|
|16 plait||20 plait||24 plait|
“Why isn’t there a ‘buy now’ button or something?”
Items on this page are made to order. To purchase an item off this page, you need to send me an email first. Just tell me “I wanna whip!” and we’ll take it from there, OR you can tell me how long you want your whip to be, how many strands you want, what color(s), and any special requests, and I will contact you back to discuss details. Once we have these details sorted out (I will provide information about shipping, handling and any taxes), then I will send you an invoice via PayPal. If you want to make a purchase right now, then take a peek in the upper right side bar, where items I have that are ready to ship are featured.
Very good, and now for a few details!
It would seem that in order to understand what a snake whip is, you have to understand how it differs from other, more familiar whips. To that end, the only difference between a (full-sized) snake whip and a bullwhip is the handle: a snake whip, technically speaking, doesn’t have one. A bullwhip has a rigid handle, whereas the handle area on a snake whip is flexible along with the rest of the thong. It’s ALL thong. This makes them a bit trickier to throw than a bullwhip, but less cumbersome to carry around–theoretically you can wind it up and put it in your pocket.
It seems to me that cowboys and other critter wrangler types must have had big pockets. A full sized snake whip is no dainty matter. A POCKET snake (5 feet long or less, not counting the fall) is far more likely for tucking away.
A “Pocket” snake whip and a signal whip are very similar, too. The only real difference is that the pocket snake has a fall with a cracker attached, whereas a signal whip has the cracker attached directly to the end of its thong.
A word about short (under 4 feet) whips in general: A shorter whip is a faster whip, and it flies closer to your body. They’re harder, therefore, to control compared to a longer whip (4 feet or above). This makes them quite a bit more dangerous, especially for eye injuries. If you’re a novice whip thrower, consider a longer whip to start out with, and always make sure you’re wearing safety gear (safety glasses or goggles, a wide brimmed hat, long heavy sleeves and pants, etc.) while you practice. Do NOT crack any whip against an actual person, especially if you’re new to throwing! I promise you, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble if you’re good about being careful.
I don’t want anyone getting back to me with a story about losing an eye, okay!?