Buffalo Bull

This whip is an experiment based on a whip made by the extraordinary whip cracker, Adam Winrich. A few months ago he and Nick Schrader of Nick’s Whip Shop made a video showing how Mr. Winrich made a single belly bull whip from paracord. I wanted to see for myself how it would work out and so I made this whip.

This is whip #73. It is an 8-ft long with a 10-inch steel rod for the handle. The core is made of 8 un-gutted strands of paracord of different lengths bound with artificial sinew to start the taper of the whip. It has a 12 plait belly around this core. The overlay is 16-plait and ends with a twisted taper. it has a 2-foot, weighted fall and a 10-inch B55 nylon cracker. The heel knot is a 7×6 Turk’s head knot over a lead foundation and the transition is a 5×4 THK. The whip is waxed

Because of the thickness of the core, this whip has a diameter that is only slightly smaller than the 3-belly whip I made just prior to this one. The 3-belly whip is 24.5 mm and this one is 22.25mm. The 3-belly whip is a little heavier at 1 lb. 5.5 oz. and to me seems a little springier and takes less effort to crack than this single belly whip which weights 1 lb. 2,2 oz.

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