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Original Stokes Katana Bullwhip
First created by Lauren Wickline here at MidWestWhips as a concept whip for sword and whip wielding martial artist David Stokes, this bullwhip combines the best of so many schools of martial arts.  With a standard 12" handle on all bullwhips over 6ft, this whip performs with extreme speed and accuracy and can easily slice through everything from tough skinned vegetables to soda cans.  The butt knot is lead loaded so you can also hold the thong and use the knot like a flail, the thong is strong enough at 12 plait to use in Hapkido grappling techniques, and the 12" handle is also long enough to use as an Escrima stick.  Though whips have traditionally been stereotyped more as long range weapons, this bullwhip was built with close combat in mind as well to create a surprisingly well-rounded and stunningly unique weapon. 

For more pictures, please visit the Stokes Katana Bullwhip Photo Gallery Page.

Katana Handle Side View
The handle portion of this whip is finished with a kangaroo hide traditional tsukamaki sword wrap over a specially shaped handle foundation.  This is what Stokes had to say about the unique handle: "I actually think it's BETTER than a traditional round bullwhip grip because you can close your eyes, grab this whip, and IMMEDIATELY know where the thong naturally coils.  It gives immediate hand orientation..."

Katana Bullwhip Fall HitchThis signature series bullwhip comes standard in all black as shown in the picture with only the white kangaroo underneath the tsukamaki (in place of the same kawa).  For no additional charge, you may change the white to any other color we have in stock, standard or special colors.  The menuki, or small emblems shown underneath the wrapping are up to the customer to provide, if desired.  If no menuki are provided, the whip will be completed with a plain wrap. 
Katana Whip Butt KnotOrdering Information
If you are interested in owning a MidWestWhips Stokes Katana Whip, please contact us for pricing and our current wait times.  This whip will always be custom made to match its new owners' preferences and background, just as the katana swords were in feudal Japan historically.  Standard lengths include 4.5ft with 8" handle, 6ft with 12" handle, and 8ft with 12" handle, though other lengths are available upon request.  



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