Dragon quirts are built around a weighted core and full foundation of artificial sinew, then reinforced at the handle area in dacron. The tip is completed with a leather tail attached to the 6 Plait point via a French grapevine knot. The handle pommel is lead weighted and finished with a 9x8 pineapple interweave knot and a convenient miniature loop.
The quirt is waxed in paraffin to protect the finish, this wax also provides additional resistance to weather and to picking up dirt during use. The length of the whip is measured from the pommel to the area where the tail is attached.