Bullwhip 16 Plait

These whips have a choice of carbon fibre or steel handles. The handling benefits from the 2 belly Australian style construction, a 4 plait and an 8 plait kangaroo with bolsters and a perfectly tapering 16 plait topset to finish into an 8 point tip. The cowhide fall is around 2ft (60cm).


This whip is a beautiful example of a one-colour whip, and is evidence of Screaming Master's accomplished plaiting and tapering technique.



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.