The materials I use for my whips are leather, horsehair and metal. Various other craft goods -- such as leather glue, technical glues, waxed twine, lead shot, braiding soap or saddle soap -- are either needed to cure the leather, to achieve secure joining or to built up knots. The main goal is to produce extremely sturdy, well-balanced whips and floggers which do not need being thrown in and are easy to target-play with. Just as important is the feel and the importance of each whip. As I test all my whips myself and regularly gather feedback from my customers, I have turned to certain types of leather which are best suited for these purposes.
1. The flogger tail leathers
...are suedes and splits of calf, cow, pig and various wild animal species (deer, chamois, etc.). The standard is a medium heavy split of 1 to 1.5 mm thickness. Common colors are black, brown, rust and bordeaux red. All are dyed through.
2. The cattail leathers
...depend on what feel and importance is aimed for. Medium heavy Nubuk and Nappa leathers in cow, calf and water buffalo are most often used. Water buffalo gives the tails a slight stretch on impact, very similar to latex, which adds sting to the whip. Heavy bull and cowhide makes whips with high impact and lots of bite. A certain variety of thin water buffalo hide creates whips which are all sting and reported to be severer in that respect than latex or chain. Suede/split leather tails are thuddy and abrasive. Kid and sheep leather are ideal for beginners and genital/breast cats. Very harsh whips are made from salt-cured saddle leather.
3. The handle leathers
...are usually thin hides of kid, calf or water buffalo in Nappa finish, mainly chosen for grip and colors. Also available are patent leather and coated leather (silver, bronze, gold).
The tail hair for horsehair floggers is available in the natural colors white/grey, tan/sorrel and black. Usually on stock are black and tan/sorrel