started as something novel to do with a really interesting piece
of hardware and some strap leather, has evolved into a really satisfactory
The Hip Strap
is a piece of 13 oz. (.20 in/5mm ) bridle leather doubled and laced
to make a what is, in effect an 18 long strap almost 1/2 inch
thick. Its effect is surprisingly intense. This is not Prince Laurants,
insulting little strap. It will make welts and
bruises if well laid on.
include extending the section of deerhide cross-lacing, rounding
the corners of the square cut version and offering an
angled, sharp quirt tip as an option. To raise the level
of craftsmanship, the leather is now skived (thinned)
where it passes over the bar of the brass ring-and-slot hardware,
to fold flatter.
of the Hip Strap are 18 and square cut
can order it with blunt or angled ends; 16, 18 or 20
long. Available colors are Saddle Tan and Black.
This just in from the UK:
"The Hip Strap has a quirky, interesting look with the
brass loop and the leather band used to hold it together. It's relatively
thick and the double layered design gives an interesting dual impact
effect if you use it lightly. It's definitely short enough to use
OTK and easy to handle while still being an effective, if loud,
implement. We are all pleased with the effects and it has seen,
and will continue to see, regular use.D"