Alright! Where to begin...
First of all I was a very happy man from the moment on when I saw her name as sender on the customs paper (I'll tell all about the customs hassle on the respective thread by Pokkis).
So when I finally got it in my hands I was excited like a child, really just like Christmas came early (and I'm not just being nice). I was driving home from the post office (after tearing open the box in the car) and I was so excited I didn't even notice I had the radio on the religious channel singing halleluja : D
The first thing that popped out was that it was a lot bigger than it seemed in the pictures and the beautiful cherry handle also! It was a positive surprise and I found the whole whip convincing and right to my taste indeed, Rachel I've been told by others that you really nailed the colors to look like "my colors".
The plaiting, the seams - very professional I'd say. It has an even taper and no visible drop points, gaps or bumps I would notice.
It handles very well for my taste; it's nice and light for it's size but has a good front heavy feel to it. It can give a light snap and a loud bang; I think it's very responsive. At first I was wondering about the short tassel on the cracker but it cracks great regardless of my beliefs.
In conclusion - I honestly don't have anything negative to say about it. It's my first cow whip and the light binding will need some getting used to. I'd like to add that it had a real nice feel "straight out of the box" and I didn't get the feeling for the need for some extensive breaking in.
I really like it and I will be using it and having a place for it on the wall!
I'd love to film myself using it but the next few days will be the most important ones on the Christmas market and we're not out of there until 7PM and it's dark outside before 4PM! I'll find the time at some point anyway but It won't until later in the year or beginning of January at the latest.
Absolutely love it! Thank you Rachel and thank you Pokkis for arranging The Swap and you're welcome to try this one out also and I'd love to check out Graig's whips too so I'd be happy to have A Whip Swap Swap-out!
Over and out!