If you are looking to purchase your first whip and don't know what to get then maybe this can help.
I get a lot of calls about what I would recommend for a first timer. I have found that no matter your height or age, a good starter whip will most likely fall into one of these categories.
I have found that a 7' bullwhip with a 10" handle seams to be the best fit. The 10" handle gives enough leverage to get the whip to crack easily. The 7' length is lite enough to do fast routines without wearing you out.
Cow whips tend to follow the same trend as the bullwhip. I would recommend a 7' length, even though the cow whip has less mass then a bullwhip. The leverage of the cow whip handle makes up for the thinner thong.
Stock whips have the longest handles with the exception of bullock whips. This long handle helps keep the thongs short and light. I find that a stock whip between 5' to 6' is a good starter for anyone. It will fit the experienced whip handler as well.
If you had no preference as to what type to get I would recommend the 7' cow whip. the cow whip seems to be the universal whip. It has a nice length but you can still maintain control easy, the lightness of the thong means you can crack the cow whip all afternoon without becoming to fatigued. If you still have questions fill free to call or e-mail me I can always talk whips.
Whip construction is as follows:
Begin with a weighted core attached to a spring steel handle followed by a bolster. It is then reinforced at the handle transition point and covered up with the first of 2 plaited belly's. The first belly is a 10 plait then reinforced again at the handle transition, followed by a 12 plait belly and once again reinforced at the handle. Finally a 16 plait overlay. The whip is finished off with a 6 bight 7 part (heel) knot and a 4 bight 5 part transition knot.
Cow whip construction begins with an exotic wood of your choose, turned on a lathe to make the handle. The thong of the whip starts with a lead shot bag, then 2 bolsters. I start the 10 plait belly over the shot bag. I finish the cow whip with a 12 plait overlay.
Begin with a weighted core followed by 2 bolster. Then a 10 plait belly and finally the overlay in the 12 plait. The keeper on the thong is a diamond flat braid and the keeper on the handle is made of nylon webbing. The handles rang in length from 18" to 20" and are tohiti cane. Stock whips come with the same knots as a bullwhip.
Bullwhips are measured from the heel knot to the fall hitch. Stock
whips and Cow whips measure from the top of the handle to the fall
hitch. The total length of all whips does not include the fall itself.
If you need to know the total length including the fall add about 30"
These whips aren't toys. When using any whip please wear appropriate
clothing and eye protection to prevent injury to you and any
bystanders. Make sure the people around are at a safe distance. I'm not liable for any injury or property damage caused by the careless use of my whips.
Whips need to be returned to me within 4 days of the date the whip was received.
You are responsible for shipping costs. Whips must be in the same
condition as when shipped out. Once I receive the whip and determine
that the whip can be resold I will refund your money. No refund on
whips returned damaged or unsaleable.
I guarantee my whips to be free of any defects caused by poor
workmanship or poor quality materials. If you receive a whip that you
feel is defective in any way, please contact me directly so we can work
out a return. Returns are only for defective items. Please take your time and research your purchase.