The well-known whip has another name - wolf cub. The origin of this name is associated with the purpose of this weapon for hunting wolves and foxes. The hunt was carried out on horseback, which determined the length of the wolf, i.e. Nagayki - about one meter. The shock part of the whip is made heavier, and the handle is rigid. Making a whip with your own hands is not complicated, so you can make this ancient military weapon based on video and practical recommendations.
DIY Nagayka: typesClassic Don Nagayka
Since ancient times, the whip was considered a military weapon, although initially it only adorned the ceremonial uniform of the Cossack. Later it was used in the battle as an auxiliary to gunpowder, a weapon, and also a tool for punishing the guilty Cossacks. In peacetime, the whip began to be used on the hunt.
There are two types of carnivores: Don and Kuban. The Don Nagayka is characterized by the presence of a handle 30–40 cm long, a lash 1.5–2 meters long, and a hand-thick one. She strikes hard, and this sharpness is achieved through the ring connecting the handle and the lash. Kuban is characterized by a shorter handle (20 cm), which is woven into the lash itself, so it takes the same shape with it. Unlike Don, it is suitable for applying alkaline strikes.
RecommendationsAn example of modern materials - textolite
For the manufacture of sticks of whips, solid varieties of wood are traditionally used - beech, oak, ash, acacia. The material should be strong, but light. Of modern such materials, textolite, ebonite, but not light metal alloys, can be used. For the manufacture of a whip, it is recommended to use natural rawhide. It must be soaked before weaving in ordinary water - the weaving process will become much easier, and after drying the skin, the weave will become stronger.
To determine the correct size of the whip, you need to extend your hand in front of you, and rotate the whip in an upright position: it should not reach the face of the person rotating it.
The shape of the slap (leather bag at the end of the shock of the whip, in which the load is placed to enhance the impact) should be trapezoidal, this is the most convenient form. It’s best not to make a slap one-piece, but leave room for lacing. This is necessary in order to be able to remove the weight from the pocket. For cargo, it is recommended to use a piece of lead the size of a 5.45 mm bullet, or directly from a hunting rifle bullet.
For the modern version of the reinforcement, you can use a metal cage with bearings, worn on the handle. The hole at the end of the stem through which the ring is threaded is sealed. The ring is attached to the lash through a carbine.
How to weave a whip with your own handsDiagonal weave
Kuban whip was traditionally woven from raw beef skin. The flap was divided into four bands, tapering down. Weaving began with a handle where horse hair or a wooden stick was inserted. Gradually, the hair or wand was braided by strips of skin, and a loop (lanyard) was made at the base. Further, the striking part of the whips was interwoven, where horse hair was also inserted. A special leather pocket was made at the end of the boot, where a bullet or other heavy load was placed. The handle was often decorated with fringe or other decorations.
In modern conditions, not everyone is able to get horse hair, so there are many more ways how to make a Kuban nail on your own. Here is one of them:
- For the base, a nylon cord 80 cm long and 10 mm thick is taken, as well as an aluminum tube with a diameter of 12 mm.
- The tube is wrapped with a nylon cord, one end is inserted inside it to a depth of about 10 cm. Each layer is superimposed with waxing so that the nut is waterproof.
- Then strips of leather are cut, this can be done using a conventional clerical knife. In order for it to be enough, a length of 80 cm will require 1.5 m of skin for a whip.
- The strips are cut so that each of them tapers 1 mm from the bottom after 25 cm from the beginning. Strips should be 8 pieces.
- Using a cutter, each and strips must be processed.
- The strips are screwed to the base so that first they are wound that go from left to right, and then the opposite. The end is fixed with threads.
- After this, direct weaving begins: two right and two left checkerboard are intertwined in front, the next will go behind. The weaving pattern can be seen in the photo.
- Where the slap knot will be located, a thickening is done.
- The tip of the handle is sealed with a piece of leather, and fringe is made on it.
- The lanyard can be removable or non-removable.
You can watch the video in more detail how the Cossack combat Nagay weaves with its own hands.
Don donkey do it yourselfDon Nagayka with a hut
The process of how to weave the Don whip is a little different from making the Kuban one in that the whips have a different design. For the handle you will need a thin wooden handle 30-40 cm long. Similar to the manufacture of the Kuban whip, cut strips of leather with a narrowing down. As the core, you can use the same skin as for the braid, only two stripes are taken, twisted around its axis to give a round cross section and elasticity. A small load is added to the slap, braided inward. A fringe of leather is attached to the end opposite the slap. When the slap and the main part are woven, you can proceed to fasten the latch to the handle. An ordinary ring from a bunch of keys may well serve as such a lock, only it should be large in diameter. Then a handle is made: a hole is drilled in the center of the stick, in which strips of leather are fixed, covered with a tight thread on top. Handle weaving is carried out in the same way as in the manufacture of the Kuban whip. The hole is closed with a piece of leather, attached to the whip with a ring-retainer. Arapnik is ready.