Friend & fellow whipmaker Rhett Kelley recently blogged about the dishonest practices of a current nylon whipmaker. It seems that a certain whip’s construction from this ‘whipmaker’ wasn’t what was advertised, according to a customer of theirs. In a nutshell, the goods didn’t match the sales pitch. This person’s identity is unknown to me, as well as the customer, which is probably for the best. I’m glad Rhett took the time to write the post & call out the dishonesty. You can read Rhett’s post here, http://rhettswhips.com/2013/10/15/a-plea-for-integrity/.
Something like this can hurt those of us who stake our business on honesty. Handcrafted should mean honest. After all, without taking a whip apart, a person has no real proof of how that whip is constructed. They are relying on the honesty of that particular whip’s maker. As a boy, I remember hearing, ‘character is what you do when no one is looking’. Those are poignant words for whipmakers, too. As I haven’t been in contact with the aforementioned customer, nor seen or handled the whip in question, I really cannot add anything to what Rhett has said, at least not for now.