Thursday, 31 October 2013

New Line...Nylon Floggers

The above is a picture of a 550 para cord 16 plait handled Bull hide tailed flogger, it's not the first nylon flogger to be made here at Essentia but it is the first I have photographed, the reason being I am about to add them as a new line to both Essentia Nylon Whips and also to Essentia Floggers.
Nylon has seen massive growth here in the UK and Europe in the last 5 or 6 years, I have blogged about my on line tutorials on another post on this blog, I think I was the first and mine were free, originally done for The Australian Plaiters And Whip Makers Association it wasn't long before they were all over the Internet and I have had many emails saying thank you, between the tutorial and the Ron Edwards books people have gone on and learnt a craft and started small businesses, not long after Steve Huntress did an E-book and he too gets similar emails thanking him. Since then Rhett Kelly very generously did a DVD on how to build a traditional Florida Cow Whip and I have also done a DVD on how to build snake and bull whip in both 12 and 16 plait, little wonder then the explosion in nylon whip makers.
Back to floggers I haven't seen as much done with floggers and what has been done is not really original, including the one above, that one is build using exactly the same methods as I use to build the Beautiful Kangaroo hide Floggers over at EssentiaFloggers. The secret to a good flogger no matter what the handle is made from is balance, a flogger that is too light will soon give wrist, elbow and shoulder ache, and the same goes with one that is too heavy, the difference being it'll give you all those problems but much quicker, generally speaking once a flogger becomes unbalanced due to the overloading of tails this if done deliberate rather than from a lack of knowledge becomes what is know as a mop, a mop is a different beast used in a different way for only short periods of time so is perfectly OK.
A Woody Mop with 100 tails.
There are many ways to balance a flogger, the guy's who make wooden ones do it with tail length and weight versus handle length and weight, with some using lead shot poured into a drilled cavity in the pommel end, myself I add a generous bunch of tails then counterbalance the weight by using lead as a knot foundation beneath the pommel end Turks head. As I have received a lot of email asking me to do a range of nylon floggers I'm sure there are many out there discovering there is a lot more to building a flogger than nailing a load of leather to the end of a stick. If a product is cheap there is usually a reason for it.
I can't recommend this link as I have not physically
seen the work, but it does look good and very
innovative too.
So why nylon, for me there is no thinking about it, if I were to buy a flogger then it would be a high end plaited Kangaroo hide one, my 2nd port of call would be to visit my mate Jack and buy a beautifully wood turned one, then I guess nylon but very very much dependent on the maker, my reasons for starting a line is demand, I long ago learnt you can't only sell what you like you have to sell what sells and also I have to recognise that different folks have different budgets, so there you have it, a new line added.

Nylon Flogger Construction.

An  English Oak turned handle, bolstered and over laid with a 16 plait in GSA 550 Military Grade Para Cord, a generous bunch of tails added to the business end and finished with a cover knot, at the pommel end a concho is fixed in place and lead added to give the perfect counterbalance, again a cover knot to finish this stylish piece.