Blacksnakes developed from the old shot loaded team whips. They are the traditional
whips used in Montana and Wyoming. While for the most part working cowboys there
do not use a whip constantly as do Australians, they prefer a blacksnake when
moving cattle to or from the high forest summer pastures, or when moving range
bulls. The blacksnake or shot whip has a heavy shot load extending from the
butt well down the thong. The whip is flexible right to the butt.
Once commonly carried in the saddlebag by cowboys of the old west, the pocket
snake has not been available for many years. The pocket snake is primarily a
whip for occasional use, as in loading cattle. It has a smaller butt diameter
than the blacksnakes (approximately 5/8 inch), and will roll up small enough
to be carried in a pocket. The shot load extends well down the whip. 12 plait
kangaroo overlay, finely cut. Wire wound butt. Length is 6 ft. plus fall. Color
is Natural Tan. The pocket snake is our own production.
Whip Maintenance Kit
A whip maintenance kit is now supplied with each of our long lash whips. This
kit consists of a spare fall,
5 crackers and a 6 oz. tub
of Pecard Leather Dressing,
with directions for fall and cracker replacement.
We endeavor to keep up with the demand for our quality kangaroo whips, but
sometimes we fall behind. If we cannot ship within three weeks of receipt of
your order we shall advise you of the probable delay. Normally, the whips we
bring from Australia are in stock but supply is subject to conditions there
and occasionally there are delays.
For more information ...
Please follow the links below for more information concerning our whips, braided
goods and related information.
Your First Whip for Sport Cracking
The Art of Whip Cracking
of Fine Leather
Attaching a New Whip Cracker, Replacement
Frequently Asked Questions
Whips and Quirts