There are so many options, what whip should I get?
Firstly, what are you using it for? There are three main types of whips (though there definitely are sub-types) – Bullwhips, Stockwhips and Snakewhips. There are advantages and disadvantages to all three types.
Bullwhips – These are the standard whips. They are easy to use, easy to learn on, and give a really nice balanced feel, allowing you to learn all kinds of moves. These whips are perfect to learn on, as their stiff transition and weight allow motion in the hand to translate to the whip. For the beginner and/or advanced, the standard bullwhip is perfect for any situation. For those who are wanting a heavier whip, the thick bullwhip might be the one you’re looking for, or if you are wanting to get a whip for your child, the small bullwhip is made just for them. If you are starting out, this bullwhip is also a good starting point!
Stockwhips – These whips have a flexible connection between the handle and the whip itself. This allows for very light whips that can be cracked with the flick of a wrist, making redirecting cracks easy but flicks harder. The stockwhip is found here!
Snakewhips – These have no handle, and are generally slightly heavier than a bullwhip. They are slightly stiffer at the base, giving the hand better control, but don’t have a solid handle to grab onto. On this whip, redirecting moves are harder, but flicks are easier. If you are looking for a very heavy snakewhip, the super snakewhip is perfect. On the other hand, if you are looking for a whip for travelling, the standard snakewhip is perfect for this, as they can be coiled up and fit easily into a bag!
Are whips dangerous?
While whips aren’t the most dangerous items out there, the end of the whip travels at the speed of sound or faster! With a well placed hit this can cut skin, and more importantly, can potentially hit the eyes and cause permanent blindness. Therefore, it is recommended that all beginners wear some form of eye protection before using a whip, as a safety measure. If you are worried about hitting yourself, a jacket and pants will prevent most of the pain if you hit yourself.
My whip is broken! What do I do?
If your whip (from me) is damaged, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with images of the damage, and a description of how they got damaged. If the damage is due to faulty construction during the making of the whip, I will repair it for free. If it is damaged from other sources (cracking on concrete, dog got to it, etc), from the images I will give you an estimate of the cost for repair.