Whipmakers, who are also whipcrackers, tend to build whips which they like to crack. Every whipcracker has his or her own preference in weight, length & style of whip they enjoy cracking. Some like slow, heavy & thick bullwhips. Some prefer thinner, lightweight stockwhips. Others like snakewhips. The world of whips is comprised of various personal preferences. For myself, I don’t like heavy whips, but rather those that are lighter & faster for multiple cracking routines. I enjoy practicing two-handed routines with a pair of stockwhips; but for general whipcracking & targets, I prefer an Australian style bullwhip.
In my own experience, I’ve learned that many Americans enjoy slow & heavy bullwhips. The iconic “Indy Bull”, reproduced by many whipmakers, in both leather & nylon, holds the standard of being a moderately heavy to heavy whip, as introduced by the builder of the original Indy whips, David Morgan. Many American whipmakers follow this style of whipmaking. The Standard Bulls I build at Noreast Whips are built to my personal preference. I believe they’re better suited for multiple cracking, are light enough to allow the user to practice for long periods before growing tired, yet heavy enough to crack very easily & are excellent in the use of cutting targets. For those who enjoy heavier whips, I’ve developed several models in the Theme Whips section of Noreast Whips.
The Theme Whips are not simply Standard Bullwhips with different labels. Theme Whips & Standard Bulls are altogether different whips. The Indy Bulls (Raiders & Crystal Skull) aren’t just Standard Bulls with handle straps attached, plaited in colors which match closely as possible to those seen in the movies. They have more weight in the cores & modified bellies, resulting in a slower taper. They are heavier & slower moving. The Zorro Bulls also have more weight in the core & taper more slowly, yet with the longer 12 inch handle. If you’ve been thinking of getting a Standard Bull, but want a heavy whip, then a Standard Bull will probably not suit your taste. One of the Theme Whips may in fact be what you’re after & serve you better. There are more & more makers of nylon whips popping up all over the world. Before you buy a nylon whip, consider the whipmaker & what type of whips that he or she likes to crack. Hope this post has helped clarify some things.