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Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by Omega Leather Works, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Arredondo


    Jun 22, 2013

    That is some beautiful rawhide work. It is good to know some of the old traditional ways remain.

    I seem to remember unsalted butter being used to treat rawhide.

  2. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Tom thanks. I hadn't heard that one about the butter but sounds good. Butter comes from cows right?
  3. gregorio


    Nov 9, 2007
    I have a nylon whip, if done correctly they can be great.

  4. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    Haha I know. I know too much actually. You can expect my blackmail ransom anytime. :)
    That's paracord right?
  5. gregorio


    Nov 9, 2007
    Yup, that's paracord. The paracord has the inner core removed so it is flat and has metal shot.
  6. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    The whip making suppliers sell shot, unfortunately I haven't found one that sells everything I need for a roo bullwhip. The spike nail (or better, spring steel rod), shot and other supplies can be sourced from all over, but it would be better for me to start with a kit that includes instructions, I think. On the other hand, I never had a decent sheath before I needed to have one (so I made it). Maybe I need to start thinking about moving down under, or surround myself with alligators. :D
  7. harronek


    Nov 29, 2013
    How much of a Roo hide do you need to make a whip ?
    Can you not source it over there ?
    Do you want me to do some research on suppliers over here ?

  8. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    They aren't actually that expensive, around $100 US for a hide. I'm not sure how much lace that would make, but I assume it would be quite a lot. Most of the hides I've seen ship directly from Australia, but I haven't looked into what they ship for. Obviously most (all?) come from your neck of the woods, but I haven't priced hides that are domestically available.

    I think my biggest question is how wide is the lace used, and how many meters are needed for an average 8' whip. I think it would be far better for me to just buy the lace rather than lace my own hide. I have one of those wooden strap makers, but don't relish the thought of lacing out whatever I'd need.

    Thanks for the offer though Ken! I truly do appreciate the helpful nature of the kind folks in this forum.
  9. rooster68


    Aug 29, 2014
    Hi. I personally have never made a whip but I did have one made by Michael Murphy from Australia three years ago. It's a bull whip made from kangaroo leather and its a beast. Mr Murphy is a world renowned maker and user, plus he holds a few World records for cracking. I know you can find information on him, through the web and there is a lot of info on using and making the whips. Maybe some of that information could help you out. :D

    Hope this helps,
  10. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Strig now ask Ken how endangered roos are in his neck of the woods. Then ask why roo hide can't be shipped to the Peoples Republik of Kali. Its verbotten here. Oh I remember cause gansta s use it to make bandoliers for their 30 round mags! Must be the reason.
  11. trentu


    Mar 2, 2006
    I make them from nylon but have not invested in the leather yet. Just make them for family and friends. I make them from paracord mostly( seven strands removed) I would suggest this for your first whip so you get a feel for how much braiding there is and how sore your hands will get. A fun and very easy professional cracking whip can be made from athletic tape, ball chain and nylon braided rope attached to a PVC handle. Very accurate and very loud. Check out "How to Make a Bullwhip by Adam CWM on youtube. Great video.
  12. Trapper336


    Nov 22, 2008
    I made a short one from full para cord with a deer leg bone handle started with eight went to six and finally down to four strands. Its pretty ugly but it pops. I have been thinking of trying to do one made like a furled fly fishing leader but it is still on my list of things to try. Maybe somebody has tried it already.
  13. Cody Hofsommer

    Cody Hofsommer

    Dec 2, 2011
    I have made several, back when I was in high school. I made several Australian stock whips and one shot whip. I have several books on them, one by the guy that made the indania jones whips. They are a lot of work, and a lot of fun. The ones I made where four layers. A twisted leather, covered by a 6 plate braid, covered by a wrap of leather, covered by a 12 plate braid. I stRed one with a 36 plate, but quite when I couldnt get the braid to look as neat as I wanted. I can find the book tomorrow if you want. Maybe even some pics of one of them.
  14. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    That'd be cool. :)
  15. Cody Hofsommer

    Cody Hofsommer

    Dec 2, 2011
    While and whipmaking by David W. Morgan is a good one, lots of pics, lots of history, theory, and good reference. It doesn't spell it out for you though.

    Whipmaking, A Beginners Guide by Denis Rush spells it out, but all the illustrations are drawn. He is guy that made all the Indy whips. They used several for the movies. This book tells you step by step how to.
  16. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    Thanks brother, I found a copy of the Rush book on Amazon. I didn't realize that there were so many!
  17. Jmann8686

    Jmann8686 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 2014
    Ron Edwards has a good book as well on whip making. I have made one from Latigo hide. It was special. I didn't skive the edges just cut the hide and did a 4 plait whip. Found a straightish stick and attached it to the whip. Cracked it a few times and hung it off of a cow skull in the shop. I have two red hide whips and a roo hide whip. It is one of my goals this year to braid more. I want to do whips and wallet chains.
  18. hawaiianhawk


    Dec 25, 2009
    I've made two using paracord: one bullwhip, and the second a snakewhip (lacking a solid handle). Lots of fun to play with and not really hard to do if you have a good vice and lots of paracord. I used the tutorials from Nickswhipshop on youtube and got all the information I needed from them. They crack very loud and are a good wrist workout, too. The fact that the snakewhip is flexible all the way down to the end means it can roll up and fit in a large pocket, too...

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