Hi, I’m John Cantin, I make and crack whips

I started cracking whips after my martial arts instructor brought one out and asked “who wants to learn how to crack a whip?” I tried and tried and mostly just failed at it, but I was hooked too! Sending a piece of string traveling at over 760 MPH with a casual swing of your arm was incredibly fascinating, and I decided that this was a skill I wanted to learn!

I started looking into buying a whip, and was shocked to see how much a good whip costs. You can of course buy some crappy costume quality ones off ebay or etsy, but I was finding that what I wanted to get was going to cost several hundered dollars! During all that research, I did find out one other thing though; making my own whip out of paracord was a possibility... and down the rabbit hole I went! I made my first whip. It cracked well, but there were some cosmetic flaws that I thought I could do better on. So I made another, and another, and another... Eventually my wife said enough is enough, you have too many whips. Not really expecting to have any luck I made a feeble attempt to sell four of them… they were gone in two days, and I had 2 orders for custom builds as well!

Since then I’ve continued cracking, making, and selling whips.

Why Paracord?

I only use paracord for making whips. Although kangaroo leather is considered to be the “gold standard” for whip material, paracord whips have become very popular over the last few decades as people have become aware of the quality that can be achieved with this economical substitute. Paracord has several advantages over kangaroo hide too.
  1. It’s easily available in a multitude of colors and designs.
  2. It’s a significantly cheaper material.
  3. The strands require no preparation. When making a leather whip, the strands have to be cut, beveled, split, and stretched, all by hand.
  4. A paracord whip can be used in any weather and put away wet. A leather whip requires much more care and maintenance, and is rarely used in poor weather.
  5. It's vegan :)