A bullwhip is a type of single-tail whip that has a stiff (e.g. wooden or metal) handle, attached to a tapering body (also known as the thong), followed by a single thin strip of leather called the fall, and finally a twisted string thread called the cracker or popper.
A bullwhip differs from a stock whip in that in the latter, the handle is connected to the body via a flexible joint called the keeper; in a bullwhip, the handle is either integrated into, or rigidly attached to the body.
A bullwhip differs from a snake whip in that the latter has no handle.
A bullwhip differs from a signal whip in that the latter has no handle and also no fall: the popper is braided directly into the end of the body.
The best bullwhips have a body made from kangaroo hide.
Bullwhips in BDSM play
Bullwhips can cause severe injury and should be used with extreme care. According to Wipipedia, they are not suitable for BDSM play unless in the hands of an expert. Wipipedia has a rolled-up bullwhip in their logo.
References and further reading
- Conway, Andrew (2000). The Bullwhip Book. Greenery Press. ISBN 1890159182.
- Conway, Andrew (2005). The New Bullwhip Book. Loompanics Unlimited. ISBN 1559502444.
- Morgan, David (March 2004). Whips and Whipmaking (2nd edition ed.). Cornell Maritime Press. ISBN ISBN 0-87033-557-X.
- Dante, Robert (Oct 2008). Let's Get Cracking! The How-To Book of Bullwhip Skills (1st edition ed.). R Dante. ISBN 1440406235.
- Edwards, Ron (1999). How to Make Whips. Cornell Maritime Press. ISBN 0-87033-513-8.
- SnakeWhip.com - Quality Whips by Victor Tella
- Bullwhip pictures
- Bullwhip.net - Bullwhip artist Robert Dante
- The Whip Artistry Studio - Non-Combative Whip Arts
- Single-tail whip links
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