I got tired of those flimsy mass produced fly swatters that barely make it through the summer. So this is what I came up with.
The leather head is made of 5-6 oz. leather attached to an 18" wooden dowel. The handle is an 8 strand braid with lace at the end that doubles as a cat toy.
This fly swatter is rebuildable, should you get a little too aggressive with the flies and break the dowel, it can easily be replaced with a 3/8" or 7/16" dowel.