Nathan griggs tube and leather stock whips

Learn about the parts of a whip and how to look after a whip from the following links...

The cracker
The Fall
The handle
The Hitch
The Keeper
The Thong
Tube whip maintenance
leather whip maintenance
Whip safety

FAQ’s


What do I use my whip for?
How fast is a whip traveling when it cracks?
How are whips measured?
What size whip should I buy?
What is the best type of whip?
How often do I need to oil my whip?
What do I use to oil my whip with?
How do I make leather dressing?
How long does a whip last?
Does a tube whip work as good as a leather whip?
What is a ‘cracker’ and how do I make one?
How do I attach a cracker?
What is a ‘fall’ and how do I put a new one on?
Will the whip harm me when it hits me?
Are you the originator of the tube whip?

What do I use my whip for?
A stock whip was originally designed to control stock but stock whips are now probably used more as a hobby than to control stock. It is a very entertaining sport, so if you were wondering if you should buy a whip, well I reckon you should. Why not visit the products on this site.

How fast is a whip traveling when it cracks?
When a whip cracks it is moving faster than the speed of sound, which is around 760 miles per hour (340 metres per second) so the sound you hear is a sonic boom.


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How are whips measured?
A whip is measured by the plaited section of the whip which is called a thong.

What size whip should I buy?
Depends on what you want to use it for. If you want to do fast tricks then a light whip of about 5' long is good. For people no taller than 160cm(5' 3"), a 5' whip or shorter is good. If you are taller than 160cm(5' 3")get a whip between 5' and 6'. However, if you are using your whip for stock in an open paddock, usually 5.5' or longer will do the job. If you are using it in a yard, the whip is usually around 5' to 6'. If you want the whip to crack really loud, then a whip 8' or longer is the way to go.



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What is the best type of whip?
A kangaroo leather whip is the best type of whip you can buy but the price for a good kangaroo leather whip can cost you from $200 right up to $1000 or more, but if the whip is looked after it should last a lifetime, depending on how much you use it.

How often do I need to oil my whip?
Every day use

A whip should be oiled occasionally. If you use your whip every day in dry weather, then you will need to oil the whole thing at least once every two months, however the fall and about a foot of the thong should be oiled every month. If you get the whip wet then you may have to oil it more often.

Twice a week use

If you use your whip once or twice a week, then oil the whole thing at least once every four months, if you get your whip wet then oil it more often.


Once a fortnight use

If you use your whip once a fortnight then oil the whole thing at least once every six months, the fall and about a foot of the thong every 3 months, if you get your whip wet then oil it more often.


Once a month use

If you use your whip once a month, then oil the whole thing at least once every 8 months, if you get your whip wet then oil it more often. Click through to whip maintenance.


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What do I use to oil my whip with?
Any sort of leather dressing does the job but a dressing with lots of bees wax in it is better. You can go to a saddlery shop and get leather dressing for whips or you can use shoe polish. You can also make your own leather dressing.

How do I make leather dressing?
A common recipe is:
Four parts clean fat, one parts bees wax, two parts glycerine, a little kerosene or eucalyptus oil - melt together, put it in desired tin (one that will not melt). Set aside to cool and stir the mix a couple of times as it is cooling to stop the ingredients from separating. If you can’t find glycerine just use the bees wax and fat, mutton fat is suppose to be one of the best fats to use but any clean fat is good. The eucalyptus or kerosene oil is put into the mix to prevent rats and mice etc from chewing the leather.

A good way to clean the fat is by putting about half water half fat in a pot and boiling it, set aside to cool. All the particles which are no good will sink to the bottom and all the fat floats. Scoop off the good clean fat.

How long does a whip last?
A good whip will last a lifetime if it is looked after well. Click here for a bit of information on how to look after a whip.


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Does a tube whip work as good as a leather whip?
A tube whip works as good as a leather whip. A tube whip has a little more weight than a leather whip so when you pull it back it is easier to crack because of the weight. A tube whip also has the advantage of being able to use and crack in any weather condition, unlike a leather whip that will perish if it gets wet too often. Tube whips are also less expensive than leather whips.

What is a ‘cracker’ and how do I make one?
Click here to find out.

How do I attach a cracker?
Click here to find out.

What is a ‘fall’ and how do I put a new one on?
Click here to find out.


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Will the whip harm me when it hits me?
Yes, it can harm you. Therefore when practicing it is recommended to wear safety glasses and a broad rim hat to protect your face and eyes. If a whip hits your body, it will hurt but you will get over it. Click for more information.

Are you the originator of the tube whip?
Yes, I first came up with the idea in 2007 and marketed my first tube whips in mid 2008 and I have been perfecting the idea ever since.

 

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Parts of a stockwhip