Cousin of whip and wolf

Cousin of whip and wolf

The need for self-defense seems to be one of the basic in human society. No one disputed the right to protect himself, his family and friends, as well as property belonging to himself, his beloved, property. However, over the years, this self-defense more and more fit into the strict framework of the law, and therefore weapon self-defense became somewhat less lethal and traumatic. And if previously there was a weighty club that could open the skull to the offender, then already in the New Age period such tricks could have lost not only property and health.


It is generally accepted that the Cossacks used some kind of auxiliary weapon as whips and wolves. The first is quite well known, but the top is a kind of reduced copy of the whip and was used precisely as an impact weapon, for example, during a hunt for predators. However, a nudge as a weapon of self-defense was unacceptable due to its size and shape, but a wolf cub could cause too severe injuries. In addition, some Cossacks at the end of a tight leather lash sewed a weighting compound. They did not dare to quit their own horse with such a cub: sometimes a single blow with it could kill a wolf. By the way, it is from here that the name of the volcano is (sometimes it was called the scavenger after the specified modernization).

How to teach a fool a lesson?


Due to the need for weapons for self-defense and the too high traumatic power of existing samples, a "fool" appeared (the emphasis falls on the second syllable). Because of her, in a certain sense, "kinship" relationship with a whip and a cub, she is attributed exclusively to Cossack roots. However, most likely, it has common Slavic roots, and only later did the Cossacks take root with their habit of certain liberties in the form of self-government of the villages.


Fool with a lanyard

The fool was made in two ways. Either an extremely strong wood stick was braided with leather stripes, or the whole fool was long and hard weaving from leather by analogy with modern rubber batons. Therefore, it is impossible to consider a fool as a lash for a horse. For example, fools do not have a pronounced pen.

Over time, the fool improved. Each decorated his weapon of self-defense to his taste. The brush at the end of the fools became more magnificent and longer. For special panache, skillful lanyards were woven, which, however, bore a special function - it was difficult for a fool to pull out of the hands of its owner. The weaving itself depended on the imagination of the author. The length of this gun could begin with 35 centimeters and reach up to half a meter.


The main thing is that the fool did not have a weighting of the wolf and could not cause serious injury in the form of a fracture. The traumatic force was reduced by leather weaving, although the fools were quite painful, but they could knock out a knife from the enemy or calm his ardor without dire consequences. In addition, the very presence of fools was not perceived as a threat due to the elegance and apparent modesty of this weapon. She was not striking like a whip or a wolf cub, the length of which began with 60 centimeters.

Direct application


Initially, the villages enjoyed great liberties. In particular, self-government was introduced in the villages, and the functions of law and order were assigned to the chieftain. So, in the Black Sea Cossack army, even the cumbersome and bureaucratic reform of 1842 could not break the habit of self-government from the villages. And in such a context, the fool was very welcome, so as not to disturb the high authorities with the evil the news about the inability of local authorities to restore order. The use of such a tool for law enforcement did not entail great consequences and remained somewhat private. Moreover, in spite of the prevailing stereotype, the Cossacks rarely removed the traditional checker from the wall, and its use was possible either during the war or in emergency cases.

One of the favorite entertainments at Shrovetide and Christmas time was fist fights. Of course, such training and entertainment events were held in accordance with strict rules. Inside the teams themselves there was a division into younger and older Cossacks, fighting at different stages. Also, atamans were chosen inside each team, and old veterans sat in a kind of jury, although they could recall youth if they wanted to.


Modern variation on the theme of fools

Naturally, sometimes one of the fighters, or even several at once, was covered by such a courage of a fight that they could not keep themselves within reason. That is why a pair of Cossacks with fools stood on the sidelines to quickly bring the fighters to a sense.

Oddly enough, but a half-forgotten fool is being made now. Fools weave special masters - nahajniki. Not to be confused with the scornful nickname of motley revolutionaries of the beginning of the last century given to them by Cossacks, who, following the orders of their superiors, dispersed "unauthorized rallies" by famous whips.

Now, of course, no one is braiding a tree. The core of modern fools is a twisted steel cord braided with genuine leather. Often, lead is used as a tip in a leather bag or braided in leather, which, of course, is not entirely authentic and close to a top. And, of course, weaving is now the most intricate. There are fools, as if sheathed in snake skin. At the same time, the fool looks much more “intelligent” than the hooligan western bit, and requires skill and, of course, responsibility.
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  1. Theodore 19 February 2020 18: 14 New
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    Well, in good hands, and you can kill with a pencil! But do these items not belong to edged weapons?
    1. CTABEP 19 February 2020 18: 45 New
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      No. Yes, and the bit does not apply. But it’s easier for her to kill or cripple. Although, the average household purchase - the knife is much deadlier and easier to carry, and the gas spray - generally fits in a pocket of shorts. Alas, now such a weapon is more likely only at home - for the collection.
    2. Lexus 19 February 2020 18: 49 New
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      Well in the right hands

      The “mummers” are no longer worthless “regents” just because the “hands do not grow from there,” but there’s more than enough thirst for “medals” and other “baubles”. In the fight against a real adversary, these artifacts are completely unsuitable, but to drive unarmed people is the very thing ...
      1. Catfish 19 February 2020 20: 01 New
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        Hi Alexey! hi Fool for a fool? In the current environment, I mean.
        1. Svarog 19 February 2020 20: 06 New
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          Quote: Sea Cat
          The "mummers" go to nothing more than worthless "regents" just because "hands do not grow from there"

          Not a reason for them is purely mercantile .. "mummers" always had privileges under the kings .. Take away privileges and there will be no mummers ..
          1. Catfish 19 February 2020 20: 10 New
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            Vladimir, thanks of course hi but the quote is not mine, but Alexei. But with you I agree one hundred percent. drinks
            1. Svarog 19 February 2020 20: 24 New
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              drinks
              Quote: Sea Cat
              Vladimir, thanks of course hi but the quote is not mine, but Alexei. But with you I agree one hundred percent. drinks

              Konstantin I apologize .. copied with an error hi
              1. Catfish 19 February 2020 20: 25 New
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                Trivia, there’s nothing to apologize for. hi
        2. Lexus 19 February 2020 20: 13 New
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          Kostya, hello! hi You know, I love weapons when they defend their homeland. But the fool in the hands of a fool will not lead to anything good. Then the doctors still have to pick it out from the “sweeper”.
          1. Catfish 19 February 2020 20: 24 New
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            With weapons you are right, it is.
            I don’t remember exactly the quotes from Virgin Soil Upturned, when Lyatyevsky said to Polovtsev: "... they fight only on swords, not on police herrings, a sample of which you so touchingly and tenderly pressed to your Persians."
            And then, he proposed to remove all the scrap metal in the barn, and leave the machine gun and discs. Pragmatic, his mother.
            1. Lexus 19 February 2020 20: 53 New
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              and leave the machine gun and wheels

              Iron arguments soldier , like you, in general. drinks
          2. Avior 19 February 2020 20: 55 New
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            Everything is thought out - no flies smile
      2. Constructor68 20 February 2020 06: 23 New
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        The article is about an interesting historical accessory, and in those who are fixated, everything is about one thing and therefore: courtiers, mummers ...
  2. dzvero 19 February 2020 18: 19 New
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    It turns out that the fool and the top with weighting agents are distant relatives of the cyst, or what?
    1. paul3390 19 February 2020 18: 31 New
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      Well - a wolf cub, and without any weighting material, breaks Lobovuha Zhiguli punches .. But with it - the police may have questions ..
  3. mr.ZinGer 19 February 2020 18: 28 New
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    There is a whip, there is a checker ...
    And then suddenly a fool ...
    In my opinion this is a souvenir for tourists.
    1. Lamata 19 February 2020 18: 38 New
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      The core of modern fools is a twisted steel cord braided with genuine leather - such a attach, the opposite side will be reasoned quickly.
      1. mr.ZinGer 19 February 2020 19: 01 New
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        It is clear that this product is the forerunner of the "democratizer", only to the Cossacks it is unnecessary.
        There were serious people there, they didn’t like half measures.
        1. Lamata 19 February 2020 19: 30 New
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          no, it’s the very thing to drive a drunk Cossack, I’m gagging in the ass. repeat
  4. Lamata 19 February 2020 18: 39 New
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    Name - DurAka _ very good, symbolic. Thanks to the author.
  5. Undecim 19 February 2020 19: 28 New
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    Federal Law of December 13.12.1996, 150 N 02.08.2019-ФЗ (as amended on August XNUMX, XNUMX) "On Weapons"
    Article 6. Restrictions on the circulation of civilian and service weapons.
    The following are prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation:
    1) turnover as a civil and service weapon:
    throwing throwing weapons, brushes, brass knuckles and other items specially adapted for use as weapons, with the exception of sports equipment and these items of cultural value and used for cultural and educational purposes;
    The construction described by the author from a steel cable (a steel cord is the cable) braided by leather is just an impact object adapted as a weapon.
    1. Lamata 19 February 2020 19: 56 New
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      I agree, it falls. and if you push that this is an economic item.
      1. Undecim 19 February 2020 20: 03 New
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        The forensic expert will abut. That's how he rebukes, so the court will take into account.
    2. Lamata 19 February 2020 19: 58 New
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      It’s interesting that both Karaganda and Rostov-on-Dnu observed one similar trend, the boys began to carry not just bats, but also balls and the cheapest form for baseball))))
    3. pmkemcity 20 February 2020 06: 20 New
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      Quote: Undecim
      having cultural value and used for cultural and educational purposes

      And yato was thinking - where can this be adapted ...
  6. Krasnoyarsk 19 February 2020 19: 35 New
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    = Not to be confused with the scornful nickname of motley revolutionaries of the beginning of the last century given to them by Cossacks =
    Why "contemptible"? Normal, right. And why are revolutionaries "motley"?
    Where and when do revolutionaries appear? There and then, where and when the people can no longer tolerate the bullying of the authorities. So, revolutionaries are not a product of the people, this is a product of power.
  7. Avior 19 February 2020 20: 01 New
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    . The core of modern fools is a twisted steel cord braided with genuine leather. Often, lead is used as a tip in a leather bag or braided in leather.

    Isn't that a cold weapon? With all the ensuing from this?
    1. Lamata 19 February 2020 20: 06 New
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      as a weapon of objects of impact-crushing, from the comment by Undecim
      1. Avior 19 February 2020 20: 15 New
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        Yes, I already read, thanks
        I wrote my post right after reading the article, this question just begs
  8. Region-25.rus 19 February 2020 21: 59 New
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    As I understand it, modern "mummers" will disperse such demonstrations?
  9. Nikolaevich I 20 February 2020 00: 46 New
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    "Nagaecniki"! I heard such "indignation" of the Cossacks that the Cossacks didn’t carry with them "everywhere and just in case"! Too "specific" was such a "gadget" for this! Those same notorious "revolutionaries" confused Kamchu whip with a whip! A baseball bat was also mentioned here, but instead of it you can use, sometimes, a Chinese "simulator" in the form of a steel twisted spring in a plastic shell ... winked
  10. Raven-d 20 February 2020 09: 14 New
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    This handmade thing is very pleasant. Hang on the wall to admire the creation of your own hands. Yes, as I understand it, unlike bits and armatures, not to kill her and not to mutilate (except her eyes), which is extremely useful in a hypothetical conflict.
    But in the car I prefer to carry a 22 "pipe with two couplings on the" handle "and a 35" ball valve at the supposed (God forbid) impact end. While the pipe was rescued exclusively in unscrewing bolts and so on. And the bits about which they wrote the leash entourage. practicality 0. And yet, yes, there is a small hatchet too, but this is exclusively for barbecue.
  11. dokusib 20 February 2020 09: 43 New
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    I know a nut, I know a scourge, I know an arapnik, I know a whip. About fool I hear for the first time. The photo in the article depicts whips, they are also stacks for riding. The manufacturing technology described in the article (braiding the skin of an elastic core) is a whip manufacturing technique.
  12. cat Rusich 21 February 2020 00: 39 New
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    "Fool" is simply the ancestor of rubber batons. Only until the 60-70s of the 20th century, law enforcement agencies of many countries used purely wooden models of clubs. In 1881 in St. Petersburg they wanted the police to adopt "wooden clubs" instead of dragoons, the emperor refused. As a home-made version of the "fool" - a hose with sand clogged from both ends.