Monday, 13 March 2017

Selecting your new whip and Fetlife


So I'll start with a nice picture and a nice paragraph, above is Murphy, he comes to work with me every day and I always refer to him as the apprentice, he's a nice little chap and just the other day I looked round and there he was sat on top of my work bench in front of all the kangaroo hides, once I finished laughing i took a quick pic with my faithful old blackberry, very handsome he looks...well i think so anyway...

A hybrid bull whip in kip, rosewood handle with brass end, cracks a dream

I made a mistake the other day, I signed into Fetlife, that dreadful, awful, dreary place where everyone thinks their way is the one true way, or they are grammar Nazi's waiting to pounce upon you should you dare to be human and miss a comma or god forbid make a spelling mistake, new businesses that just sit on there waiting to say, "I could make you one of those" or "Look what I've done, I'm so clever, please feed my ego and tell me I'm clever" If folks are on there chasing work then there is usually a reason for it, a big ego that needs stroking or they have no work or whatever, none of it is good. Well they claim 1,000,000 members yet its the same 3 or 4 hundred that post over and over, so I'd like to believe that most on there are nice folks and don't post because they have a similar opinion to mine and don't want to get involved with it all...it does have some small uses like the calendar of local events if you fancy a night out..


Anyway yet again I digress, I signed into fetlife and low and behold right on my front page a discussion about how to pick\select your first whip, and I say low and behold because in a very few short answers it had become a slag fest, some posting's were the usual suspects, some I was surprised to see joining in, I'd of thought better of them, some fella who obviously has a mahooosive, ginormous ego and thinks he's the worlds best whip cracker and on and on it went, spattered in amongst it was some good info/tips on selecting your first whip but I feel probably lost in amongst all the slagging off, yet again no surprise but what a shame

Kip hide at the top, the next two down kangaroo pocket whips and the last one a tiny kip hide hat band.


So I thought I'd blog about selecting your first whip and as I have a really high google listing on my sites maybe folks will smile at my dog, skip my anti fetlife rant and take some notice of what I'm about to write...

Tip One...try before you buy, that is very near impossible with a whip maker as most have a long waiting list and make everything bespoke, however, get yourself off to a local munch or one of the markets, BBB, LAM, Twisted etc etc folks with whips are usually quite generous and will let you handle their whips, this way you can decide what feels nice to you, looks nice to you etc etc, most events you'll find folks that have whips they'll let you crack, so its a start...

Tip Two....Try all whips, Kangaroo hide, synthetic, kip hide, a kangaroo hide whip is an investment so rather than make a very expensive mistake and ruin a quality whip consider synthetic, or kip if you are anti nylon/Dacron, you may be influenced by where you use it, indoors then just my opinion but I'd always take leather over synthetic, outside and synthetic really does come into it's own, and hey we are all different there are those out there that prefer synthetic to leather, you obviously have the Internet or you'd not be reading this so research, research, research...

Tip Three....talk to people and try to avoid beginners mistakes, as an example and this is just one example, often in the early stages weight is in the mind associated with quality and that really couldn't be further from the truth, take 2 whips made by reputable whip makers side by side, the same style of whip, same length etc etc, one is really heavy, the other feels really light in comparison yet both are similar in diameter, then the core of one is filled with lead shot and very little leather, that'd be the heavy one, the other has a little shot and plaited bellies with bolsters, there is no other way that one can be heavy and one not, go for the light one, it will last you a life time...there is an old Australian saying " A whip is like a man, no guts, no good" never a truer word written...

Tip Four...try to keep in mind that just because a guy or gal has 20 whips does not make them an expert, expert cracker, yes very often that is the case, but whip experts, no, though they often think they are,  so try to get a few answers off makers and crackers alike

Tip Five....don't rush in, take your time, nothing worse than investing in a pair of 6 foot stock whips at a £1,000.00 only to find your not taking too it, they don't relate well to play, they are too long for clubs, and if you've had your initials or name plaited in or gone for a loud colour combo they'll be a hard sell...

Ok hope that helps a little, good luck

Tony