FAQS

International customers, please check exchange rates before ordering. They vary on a daily basis and if I give you a $ or € price today, it will be different tomorrow. I will only quote and accept payment in UK pounds sterling.

I will require 100% of the cost upfront to confirm your order and purchase in the materials I will need,

Postage, I will endeavour to post any orders out within 5 working days of payment. Post usually goes out once a week, towards the end of the week.

The website is not automated, and does not automatically update the order status.

Tracking details available on request.

Where possible,  every shipment will go out by a tracked and signed for service, this is not available in all countries, but the next best possible royal mail service will be purchased.

International post can vary in delivery times, please refer to the Royal Mail websites for estimates of delivery times to your country.

If you require a next day delivery, please enquire before placing your order, it may not always be possible.

I accept paypal

Already one or two people have asked me to make pieces in the the style of other makers. Please refer to my writing “Copying ”

All my metal handles are bought in and cannot be modified. Very important to note, they are not insertable, they are not solid stainless steel, but chrome plated alloy or steel. This is not something that should go in your body!

The wooden handles are varnished with polyurethane, also not to be used as anything other than a handle.

Whips 

What is a Stratagem Foundation?

A stratagem foundation is a particular technique for applying binding to a whip.

It is designed to function with the taper of the core and bellies. Applying the golden ratio to its positioning.

The formulas are adjusted to suit each type of whip. Some for smoothness of flow and others for the same with more stiffness for control.

They are carried out in multiple passes through the length of the whip. To achieve a specific degree of stiffness through the whips taper.

The result is superior handling properties through the result of a great deal of time and work out into the layers between the whips plaiting as well as the plaiting.

Why have a plaited fall?

Generally with a traditional hitched fall. The plaiting of the whip will cease to amplify the energy of the whips motion when it reaches the fall hitch.

A plaited fall of dyneema or nano cord will continue that amplification through the entire length of the whip, passing right up to the cracker.

Like the whips main body, this is achieved by the plaiting which tightens on one side and loosens on the opposite when a wave is passed through it.

The taper is also continuous and uninterrupted. This results in no recoil of the whips handle when it is cracked as the energy is dispersed properly through the end of the cracker.

What is a “golden ratio belly”

This is part of my design aspects for all bellied whips. I use the mathematical golden ratio to determine the length and taper of the bellies.

They are designed to work with the stratagem foundations positioned between the plaited layers.

The method to how the calculation is applied is a secret that I keep to myself.