In Africa, the Sjambok (Sham-Bawk) is a cattle prod, a whip, a riding
crop and a means of self-protection. Unlike most western style whips,
the Sjambok is not plaited from thin leather thongs. Instead, it is
carved whole out of very thick Hippopotamus hide. Its considerable
reach, lightning speed and devastating impact have built it quite a
reputation as a sure defense against deadly snakes. Since the Sjambok is
swung like a rod or stick and not cracked like a conventional western
style whip, the weight, speed and flexibility of the Sjambokís lash does
all the work and little skill is required to wield it effectively.
Today Hippo hide is pretty scarce and not commercially viable, so Cold
Steel has decided to make a synthetic version of the classic Sjambok.
Featuring a thick, beefy lash, injection molded from polypropylene and
equipped with a soft comfortable Kraton handle designed to resemble
braided leather, our synthetic Sjambok rivals the look and performance
of even the most expensive originals. Whatís more since itís made
entirely from super tough plastic itís impervious to the elements and
will never break, crack, shrink or mildew like leather is prone to do.
Keep a Sjambok handy in your vehicle. Lay it across the dash, stash it
behind the seat or toss it in the bed, trunk or boot. Hang one on the
wall near the door of your home, shop, barn, coop or kennel. And donít
forget to loop one over your saddle horn every time you go riding, as
our Sjambok is sure to be the most useful and effective whip you have