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In Africa, the Sjambok (Sham-Bawk) is a unique self defense whip. One part cattle prod, one part whip, and one part riding crop, this means of self-protection is traditionally made from a stout leather rod that is meant to be swung rather than cracked like other whips. 

Leather is great, but it doesn’t last forever. Instead, our modern take on the Short Sjambok keeps the design of traditional sjamboks but ups the ante! Instead of a leather whip, our sjamboks are made of polypropylene and just as formidable as the traditional version, which would have been made of thick hippopotamus hide. Its considerable reach, lightning speed, and devastating impact have built it quite a reputation as a means of self-protection against dangers of the wild such as deadly venomous snakes (and snakes of the two-legged variety as well). 

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 Sjambok’s lash does all the work. This makes it quite easy to master in a short amount of time, as not nearly as much skill is required to wield it effectively – unlike traditional whips, which are almost as dangerous to the wielder as it is to anything else! 

Our classic sjambok features a thick, beefy lash injection molded from polypropylene and equipped with a soft, comfortable Kraton handle designed to resemble braided leather. This synthetic Sjambok rivals the look and performance of even the most expensive original sjamboks you’ll find anywhere. What is more, since it is made entirely from super tough plastic, our sjambok is impervious to the elements and will never break, crack, shrink, or mildew like leather is prone to do.

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Key Features:

  • Modeled after an African styled whip
  • Great for self defense
  • Swung instead of cracked
  • Made of impressively sturdy modern materials


  • Made of polypropylene
  • Handle made of Kray-Ex


  • Weight: 13.5 oz.
  • Handle: 10.75 Inches
  • Tip: 0.5 Inch
  • Overall: 42 Inches


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