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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. The second chart is for full-sized snake whips, starting at 6 feet. 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 16 plait. If you would like a custom spiral design, 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 $515, a 3ft 20 plait split spiral is $555, and a 3ft 24 plait split spiral is $595. 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.
“Pocket” Snake Whip Pricing Chart
|POCKET Snake Whips|
|16 plait||20 plait||24 plait|
|3 feet||$315||Not Available||Not Available|
|5 feet w/extra plaited belly||$430||$470||$490|
And you can of course always place a custom order!
Large Snake Whip Pricing Chart
|Large Snake Whips|
|12 plait||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!?