Topic: Is Australian type crackers underestimated ?
In most of the forums where I have read about crackers, the Australian ones, looks are often made of nylon, have been referred to as "a piece of rope" in rather condescending terms.
I have gradually bought quite a few whips in Australia. The first thing I did was peel the cracker off and store it and all the extra crackers I got in my drawer.
It typically looks like this, and when you crack your whip for the first three months, there is almost nothing but a small "puff".
However, I have gotten tired of tying knots up all the time and then I came up with one of my very oldest whips where an Australian cracker is sitting. It has become fluffy over the years - and has been sitting on since I bought the whip.
Therefore, I tried pulling the end of a brand new cracker over a wire brush until it became fluffy. It works.
I tested it on two heavy whips from Rachel - Amper Special Elite and 5 ft. Cowwhip, as well as on a very light Stockwhip from Simon Martin (7 ft. Whip Basics signature whip).
They give a super nice crack. Not as sharp and loud as a very thin B50 cracker, but deep and clear as if it signals "here I come".
This is a piece of advice and a recommendation for those who want a cracker that does not need to be replaced all the time but lasts for many years.