Carnie-Jacks – A Piece of History

The introduction of the traditional “Midway Plaisance” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair led the way to the development and evolution of “carnivals” across North America.  This side segment of the World’s Fair may also by default be attributed with the introduction of the Carnie-Jack which became a popular style blackjack among carnival owners and workers.

Traditional Black & White Carnie-Jack

Original Carnie-Jacks are rare and hard to find, but DD Whips is now recreating this piece of blackjack history in traditional or custom colors and specs.

The Joker-Jack

For more information on the pieces already produced, check out The Carnie-Jack page. Also, click here on Blackjacks in Stock to see what is currently available for sale.

If you are interested in having your own custom “Carnie-Jack” made for your collection, drop me an email at ddwhips@gmail.com or fill out the form below.

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The DNA-Jack

Here is a custom blackjack I recently designed for DNA Tattoo Studio in Newquay, England.

This piece is similar to a Bucheimer 8981. It is 8.5″ long, weighs approximately 10 ounces, and has a spring core.

It is made with black cowhide leather and has a 12-strand handle with a black head and heel knot with a red accent stripe. There is also an additional red knot at the base of the head.

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Both the tip and base have red leather accents.

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But what makes this piece truly unique is the wrist loop.

The wrist strap has a double braided red core with a black DNA overwrap, making this a one-of-a-kind piece.

There isn’t another blackjack like this on the planet.

As every person is unique, you too can have a unique piece made just for you so you can be the only one in the world to have one like it. The only limitations are your imagination — or mine.

If you’d be interested in having something custom made, shoot me an email and I’m sure we can come up with something truly spectacular.

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The “Bad Detective”

The “Bad Detective” is a Big Hoss original 7-inch, spring core braided leather blackjack. This is called the “Bad Detective” because it is similar to the old Bucheimer smaller models that were issued to detectives because they were easy to conceal yet still carried a pretty good punch.

The “Bad Detective”

This is a fully-functional, original Big Hoss design. For more information on this blackjack, check out Blackjacks In Stock.

Check out all my Blackjacks In Stock as well as my Blackjack Gallery.  If you’re interested in this or any of my pieces, feel free to contact me using the form below.

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The Biker-Jack

The Biker-Jack is a 9 1/2″, Spring Core, Black Kangaroo Leather Braided Blackjack.

The Biker-Jack

It has a stainless steel motorcycle chain band and braided wristloop.

Stainless Steel Motorcycle Chain Band

This is a fully-functional, original Big Hoss design. For more information on this blackjack, check out Blackjacks In Stock.

Check out all my Blackjacks In Stock as well as my Blackjack Gallery if you’re interested in this or any of my pieces.

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The Magnum-Jack

The ultimate in blackjack stopping power. The Magnum-Jack is 12″ long and weighs in at 17 ounces.

The Magnum-Jack

This core is made of steel cable, rather than the traditional spring. The cable makes it firmer than a spring at this length while still maintaining great flexibility.

Flexible Steel Cable Core

It also has a larger knot at the heel of the blackjack. This allows for a better grip for maintaining control with this large piece and is more proportionate for its size.

Larger Heel Knot

This is a fully-functional, original Big Hoss design. For more information on this blackjack, check out Blackjacks In Stock.

Check out all my Blackjacks In Stock as well as my Blackjack Gallery if you’re interested in this or any of my pieces.

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A Little Something About Blackjacks – Part 2

I was introduced to Backjacks when I was contacted by a customer who wanted me to rebraid a core of a Bucheimer 894. I told him that I had never rebraided one, as all my batons were made from scratch and I had never made a Blackjack. He mailed me the core and another Bucheimer blackjack in fairly good condition that he wanted me to duplicate in kangaroo leather. This first blackjack took a long time to do, as I was not familiar with the process. Once finished however, it was perfect. I thought it came out pretty nice and so did the customer.

My First Rebraided Blackjack

After this first blackjack, I wondered if there was a market for quality Blackjacks, so I did a little research. It turns out there is a market, as there are a lot of collectors. Most of the blackjacks I found for sale were originals back from years ago. These were typically in poor shape and pretty expensive.

Other than the used originals, I also found cheap knockoffs from China. These have poor braiding and a small spring in the middle of the handle. It appears as though the entire handle is a spring, but the majority of the handle is actually rigid. If held at the end of the handle the bend would only be in the middle of the handle where the small spring is. These are being sold on eBay as “old, American-made but in new condition,” but they aren’t. The seller claims he got them from a police surplus or had it sitting is a sealed chest since 1980. I’ve seen these bid up as high as $124.00. You can pick these same Blackjacks up on-line for as little as $15.00 plus shipping. I guess its buyer beware.

I started making black cowhide 894’s and there was definitely interest, as each one sold in less than three hours. Then I thought I ‘d try making one in brown. It sold as well. Then I tried other colors, other models, then two or more colors, and even kangaroo leather. All had immediate interest.

Finally, the natural progression was to have fancy braiding, rings and anything else I could think of. I also had people contact me with their own ideas and began making custom pieces according to their specifications. You can look at my site and see how far it has come with the various ones I have made. All my blackjacks are fully functional no matter how fancy it may appear.

Being an American invention, I never thought these would be popular anywhere but in the USA, but I was wrong. I have sold in six countries. I suppose there are weapon collectors all over the world.

My customers seem to come in two types. Those that like the traditional black or brown and those that want unique one-of-a-kind items that no one else has. I encourage anyone who has an idea about a Blackjack to shoot me an email. I’d love to hear about it. 

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8981-Style Bucheimer Replica Blackjack

This 8 1/2″ black cowhide leather blackjack is similar to the old Bucheimer 8981. Continue reading

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