I've been enjoying this site for long and have finally found enough time to write a first Instructable by myself.
I'll will share with you how to make a real paracord bullwhip.
It should not be that hard for those of you who know their way through ropes, knots and braiding. I wouldn't recommend this as a beginner project though. It involves careful and regular braiding of up to 12 strands a bit over 12 feet long, which can be a bit messy or frustrating if you're not familiar with manipulating such lengths of cord. You will also need to know ( or be willing to learn) some 'advanced' knots to make it look nice, and I won't cover that lengthly point in this Instructable since there is already a lot of resources on that topic on the Net. I however do plan on doing a few other Instructables on that topic if people are interested in it.
We will be making a 2.50m ( ~8.2ft) whip, from handle tip to fall, not including the cracker.
Take your time with this one, you'll get what you give. It took me maybe a week or so worth of evenings to complete it.
The result was well worth it, this thing cracks loudly and easily as expected and it ended up being a very rewarding project.
I'd like to thank "Bullwhipcracker" for his nice info about whip making that served as an inspiration for this project and saved me some headaches about figuring out the correct lengths for the different steps. I was unable to find a homepage or anything that links directly to his work to give him proper credit though.
Now, let's get to the fun stuff :)
Update: Here's a short vid showing that it's indeed the real deal.
First things first, for this project you will need :
- Paracord ( lots of it ) I started with 60m (196 ft.) and had maybe 15m left after I finished. But better be safe than sorry on this point :) - 2m (6.5ft ) of some light chain, the kind you find on lamps or that holds your sink plug. - Duct tape and/or electrical tape - 1 "Big" Nail ( Big meaning that it would do the trick as a handle ) - Some medium width string to tie the cracker - Something that cuts ( my trusted Surge in that case) - Something that makes fire to neatly melt the ends of your butchered paracord. A Zippo is a nice choice, it will get you a nice flame and stand on the desk by itself while you use both hands to melt/cut the paracord over the flame. - Measuring tape - Patience
Optionally you might find useful to have: - Some kind of marlinspike needle for dressing the fancy knots. - A file or some kind of grinder or Dremel tool to cut grooves in the "handle" - A spot to tie the whip to while you're plaiting ( holding it between my knees worked well in my case ) you could also use a lightly tightened vice.
Also this project works with mainly gutted paracord so you will end up with vast amounts of unused inner strands.
Let me know if you think making a hammock, net or bag out of them would be an interesting Instructable :)