WHIP FINISH TOOL

bonnie2

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Hi, looking for older ( vintage ) whip finish tool. rotating ......barrell black plastic handle with 2 brass cap ends if anyone knows the whereabouts or has spare would love to buy'
best regards
 

bear

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Maybe the OP should have posted in the "Wanted" section however, he has given a description as to what he wants... not what everyone else is using.
Agreed, but as no one had replied, I thought I’d link a virtually identical tool from his description, other than the black handle 👍
 

pentlandflyman

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If it's second easiest to your fingers, why not just use your fingers? :unsure:
used to do it by hand but started using the whip finish tool in the early 90's and haven't looked back, i tried using the fingers again recently and couldn't do it. i now have a lovely collection of whip finish tools, the c&f being my favourite just now. to be honest the speed and neatness i can get with a tool cannot be achieved by my fingers.
 

Cap'n Fishy

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. . . and, would you believe, South of the border, we use a knife and fork to eat.
Yeh - we use them too.

I just find it strange that people who don't use a tool to put a neck-tie on or to tie their shoe laces, and who tie grinners and blood knots and water-knots and Davy knots and all sorts of others without a tool, choose to use one to finish off a fly. :unsure:

Col
 

pentlandflyman

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Yeh - we use them too.

I just find it strange that people who don't use a tool to put a neck-tie on or to tie their shoe laces, and who tie grinners and blood knots and water-knots and Davy knots and all sorts of others without a tool, choose to use one to finish off a fly. :unsure:

Col
not everyone has a steady hand and not everyone has perfectly smooth manicured fingers. fine thread and a tiny area to whip finish onto is a bit different to a tie, shoe laces or nylon fishing line. if you can use your fingers well done have a gold star for your chart, some of us prefer/need a tool though. i am sure you own a car ? you have legs so why don't you walk everywhere ?
 

Cap'n Fishy

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... the speed and neatness i can get with a tool cannot be achieved by my fingers.
I'm faster* and neater with my fingers, so that probably explains why I'm skeptical about the tools.

*Not having to break away from forming the head, stop, pick up the tool, engage the thread, and then re-start, is a contributing factor to being quicker with fingers. You just carry on in a continuous process... wind, wind, loop, whip whip... finish. ;)
 

Cap'n Fishy

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Embra
not everyone has a steady hand and not everyone has perfectly smooth manicured fingers. fine thread and a tiny area to whip finish onto is a bit different to a tie, shoe laces or nylon fishing line. if you can use your fingers well done have a gold star for your chart, some of us prefer/need a tool though. i am sure you own a car ? you have legs so why don't you walk everywhere ?
If the folk who used a tool said they use it because they are all thumbs and have hacks on their fingers and a touch of the Hattie Jacques, or failing eyesight, I would say: fine, if I were you I'd probably use a tool as well.

But that's not what they say. They always say the can do it fine with their fingers, but they prefer a tool.

Col
 

easker1

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Highlands
Yeh - we use them too.

I just find it strange that people who don't use a tool to put a neck-tie on or to tie their shoe laces, and who tie grinners and blood knots and water-knots and Davy knots and all sorts of others without a tool, choose to use one to finish off a fly. :unsure:

Col
Didn't know you could get them?o_O easker1
 

PaulD

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South Northants
Yeh - we use them too.

I just find it strange that people who don't use a tool to put a neck-tie on or to tie their shoe laces, and who tie grinners and blood knots and water-knots and Davy knots and all sorts of others without a tool, choose to use one to finish off a fly. :unsure:

Col
When I started tying in the 60s I learned to finish with my fingers, it was quick convenient and I saw no reason to 'fuss' with a tool. After many years my fishing and fly tying needs changed, I was needing to tie successively smaller patterns, below 18 and into the 20s. I eventually discovered the Matarelli tool and soon found how good it was to position and secure fine threads ahead of tiny hackles or in very confined spaces. It's a useful tool.
 
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