So, I get to the very end, literally trimming the ends of this cat and count only 8 tails. I know I cut 9 pieces. This has never happened before in 19 years, and will not happen again, so I'm dropping the price a little. Totally wonderful Cat, just not a Cat O Nine. This piece is made from a nice thick bullhide on a wider handle (approx. 1 1/4" dia). On a scale of 1 to 10 (Velvety Soft to Very Heavy Thud) this would be a 9.