Whip Anatomy

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Core: The innermost part of the whip.

Belly: The layers of braiding inside of the whip.

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

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

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

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

Cowhide: A type of leather used for making less expensive leather whips

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