Terminology

  • Belly:  An inner plaited layer of a whip. Like a whip within a whip.
    • Double-plaited belly:  whip interior having 2 bellies separated by bolsters.
  • Bolster:  A precisely tapered and fitted solid piece of leather bound to the belly, used to provide shape and density to the whip. 
  • Plait:  pronounced plat not plate. The act of braiding or one of the strands of a whip.
  • Thong:  The main body of the whip
  • Stock:  The wooden handle of an Australian stock whip.
  • Fall:  A thin strip of leather attached to the point of a whip thong to which the cracker is attached.
  • Shot bag:  A tube of leather filled with fine lead shot that is used to weight a signal whip or snake whip.
  • Turks Head:  The decorative knot used at the termination of a whip handle.
  • Popper/Cracker:  the part of the whip that makes the crack when it exceeds the speed of sound. Crackers can be made of many materials, the most common being nylon twine or thread.
  • Overlay:  The outside layer of the whip.