Posted by Dale Dassel from iax-minden-ppp0006.iamerica.net on February 21, 1998 at 12:10:05:
In Reply to: Help with Whip Ordering posted by David M. on February 21, 1998 at 09:49:01:
: I am interested in whipping as a hobby, but I am new to it and have some questions. I've noticed that quite a few people here seem to really know what they are doing.
: Right now I am looking at an 8 foot Bullwhip (though maybe a 6 footer. However a lot of the details I am very unsure about. Should I get a short handeled whip, or a thinner heavy handeled whip? Does it even matter? Is it worth the money to buy a 16 plait whip, or is 12 good enough for all practical reasons? I am a beginner to whipping, but I would like to only have to buy one whip, even if it means paying more. How much should I expect to pay for a high quality whip? When I first have my whip should I oil it? Should I order a book on whipping, or can I make due with information on the Internet? Has anyone ordered a whip making kit, and if so, how did it turn out? I am looking into this far too much and should just buy the damn whip? Also, if anyone has had any bad experiences with an ordering company please let me know.
: I would really appreciate any response. I have been researching all I can on the Internet, but a direct answer is really nice sometimes.
: Thanks a lot,
I'm glad that you haven't bought one yet. I had bought three
ultra-cheap whips before I finally figured out what quality is.
First off, you are going to pay some big money for a good bullwhip
that will last a lifetime, if cared for properly. Expect to part
with anywhere from $300-$500 for a good quality bullwhip. Now,
speaking as a satisfied customer of David Morgan, I can tell you
that he is the foremost whipmaker in the United States. His whips
are top of the line, very well and solidly constructed, with great
handling characteristics. They are made of kangaroo leather, which
is the strongest, lightest, and most durable leather suited to the
strains a whip undergoes in use. It is recommended by Mr. Morgan
a beginner start with an 8-foot bullwhip. He sells twelve strands
(which is what I own), and some really great sixteen strands. The
number of strands doesn't really matter, though the more strands
a whip has, the better it looks (provided that is is built right)
A good whip will feel totally slick, and has a shiny appearance.
David Morgan's bullwhips are used in many Hollywood productions, as
an added bonus. If you are an Indiana Jones fan, then David Morgan
is your man. His whips are made for the Indiana Jones movies, as
well as Batman Returns, and the upcoming Mask of Zorro movie.
You can visit his website at: www.davidmorgan.com/CATALOGS/DM58+456?
983496036866981. I bought my whip last year from him, and we discussed
the properties of bullwhips, via the COMMENT option on his website.
He is a very nice guy, who has been making bullwhips since 1960.
David Morgan is truly an expert whipmaker and keeps this 200+ year-
old art form alive and well in the twentieth century.
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