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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. All hybrid signal whips have a shot-loaded core standard.
Handle length for the 3.5ft whips is 6″. 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
This, actually, is a 7ft 16 plait hybrid signal whip, but at this length, it is the same as a bullwhip with an integrated fall. The photo is courtesy of my client.
Another pic of the pair of 7ft 16 plait H sigs, aka bullwhips with integrated falls. Again, photo courtesy of my client.
A pair of 4ft 16 plait hybrid signals in black and white…
The second of the pair of 4ft 16 plait hybrid signals pictured above…
A lovely 4ft 16 plait hybrid signal whip in purple kangaroo leather, short herringbone on the handle…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 whip, spiral plaited in navy blue and natural kangaroo hide.
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.
5ft 24 plait hybrid signal in alternating chevrons. Lookit how straight that plaiting is! LOOKIT!! lol!
4ft 16 plait hybrid signal whip a la the Boston Bruins!
Detail of the heel knot of the Bruins whip…my client provided me with the pin