Whip Anatomy

Bullwhip by Witchcraft Whips

Handle: The place where the whip cracker is supposed to hold the whip.

Whip Handle by Joe Strain

Heel Knot/Butt Knot: The knot at the end of the handle.

Heel Knot by Joe Strain

Transition/Transition Knot: Where and how the handle connects to the thong.

Transition Knot by Joe Strain

Thong: The main, braided part of the whip, where the tapering occurs.

Thong by Joe Strain

Fall hitch: The place where the fall is tied on to the end of the thong.

Fall hitch by Franco Zoccali

Fall: A piece of leather/nylon/etc near the end of the whip that the cracker is attached to.

Cracker/Popper: The small twisted piece of rope at the end of a whip that breaks the sound barrier.

Keeper/Keeper knot: The knot that attaches the thong to the handle on a stockwhip. This is comprised of two interlocking loops.

Keeper by Swordguy Builds

Core: The innermost part of the whip.

Belly: A layer of braiding inside of the whip.

Bolster: A strap of leather which wraps around the belly of the whip.

Binding: A wrap of sinew, string, or other material used to add stability and rigidity to the whip.

Overlay: The final layer of braiding on the whip, which is on the outside.

Overlay by Franco Zoccali

Plait/plait count: The number of strands in the overlay of the whip.

48 strands prepared to be plaited by Witchcraft Whips

Nylon Paracord: A type of material used to make nylon whips. It is lightweight, waterproof, and requires almost no maintenance.

Nylon Bullwhips by Swordguy Builds

Roohide/Kangaroo leather: The best type of leather for making whips due to its flexibility and durability.

Kangaroo Leather Bullwhip by Joe Strain