Bullwhip 12 Plait

These whips are of exceptional quality, comprising of 4 and 8 plait kangaroo bellies with 12 strand kangaroo topset.

On leaving the rigid handle, the 12 plait starts as a herringbone plait for extra strength and rigidity at the point of flex when whipcracking and then tapers into a cowtail plait.

CIRCUS

The photographs of this stunning whip simply do not do it justice. The design is based on the whip used in Circus of Horrors stage show. Many performers now use white whips as they show up better on TV and stage sets than darker colours. They certainly stand out in a club setting. Here the whip thong is in one colour and the eye is drawn to the detail in the handle and wrist loop.

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Screaming Master bullwhips are constructed using traditional methods handed down over the centuries as the best technique in whipmaking for both strength, durability and function throughout the continents.

A 4 plait whip is produced by plaiting kangaroo strands over a twisted kangaroo leather core. This forms the first belly.

Then a "bolster" of carefully tapered leather is wrapped over this belly (optional dependant on weight and use of whip), over which an 8 plait of kangaroo leather is plaited forming the second belly.

Another bolster can then be added before the "topset" of plaiting is performed, this being the outer plaiting that you see, usually between 12 and 24 strands.

This effectively produces a whip... within a whip... within a whip. Very few people understand the amount of work, time, skill and energy it takes to make a quality whip.

The number of plaits in each belly can be increased if desired, such as a 8 plait first belly and 12 plait second belly for a higher topset, since the general rule of thumb is that the more plaits in a whip belly and topset, the more points of flex, hence the more responsive and accurate it will be.

I have spoken to many whipmakers in different countries as to whether adding a 3rd belly really makes much difference to performance and each has a different opinion, believing it a matter of personal choice. However, any whip can be made this way if you so wish (at added cost of course).

Handles can be made of wood, metal or carbon fibre - again a personal choice.