Canes, however, are--for many people--more severe than other spanking implements. While I enjoy the pinks and reds that spanking paints bottoms with, I am not a fan of welts or bruises. Some pains I find delicious, other pains...well...painful. Perhaps, had canes been prevalent as tools of childhood punishment during my youth, I would have more of a nostalgic connection toward them, but, at present, they are simply instruments of pain in the eye of my psyche. Additionally, like crops, their use puts more physical distance between players, leaving a bit less of an energetic and emotional connection between people (with the exception of, for lack of a better term, "lap canes"--shorter, to be maneuverable in an OTK or other closer situation).
Don't get me wrong; I am not wholly against canes or crops. Both of these types of items have their uses. Canes make sense to me within a relationship in which true physical punishment is received--a kind of relationship I would like to find. Crops are fun toys. Both can be erotic--crops are great to use on a spread-eagled, blindfolded girl (in numerous ways !), and I would expect canes to be very exciting to those who were raised in places where canes were used for punishment--but I, personally, find them less erotic than spanking (in truth, I distinguish, mentally, between spanking and caning).
Bottom line (pun intended): I have used the cane, but it's just not the same.
Anyway, enough of that. Half of my childhood was spent on a ranch in California (moving back and forth between parents). When my father died, and I became administrator of the estate, I spent 6 months living on it again, during which time I paid a visit to the farm store, and purchased a selection of actual riding crops.
(from firmest to most flexible)
Length: 19.5” + handle (rubber grip)
Very firm shaft; no give
Open duck-bill end: l = 2”, w = 1 ¼”
I like this one for its rigidity and narrow tip. The way the whip end is open, rather than looped, makes a different sound, and sting as well.
Length: 1 yard, + handle (rubber grip)
Width: tapers 1 cm – ½ cm
Firm shaft, but a little flexible
Loose whip end: l = > 6”
Unlike most crops, this does not have a wide leather tip. Instead, it has a short, braided string, to give it an extra sting, similar to the short whip-sticks that carriage drivers use. On a human, it can be used for the typical specific sting like a normal crop (albeit a stronger sting!), or as a narrow cane.
Length: 17” = handle (rubber grip)
Bell-shaped loop end: l = 1 ½”, w = tapers 1” – 2”
The widened, bell-shaped leather on the end of this crop changes the aerodynamics, and therefore, the feeling of the impact.
Length: 20” + handle (rubber grip)
Shaft is braided plasticSofter suede loop end: l = 2”, w = 2” –notched corners
This is the only crop I own that is not "authentic"--not actually sold to use on horses. This one was purchased in an adult fetish store in New York City. The notched sides of the end of the loop give this crop yet another aerodynamic, as does the more flexible shaft and more mobile suede end.
Length: 24” + handle (rubber grip)
Shaft is braided plastic—a little more flexible than #1
Stiff leather loop end: l = 3”, w = 2”, & 1 cm notched hole
This crop has a notch in the center, which, if you flick it quickly enough, will whistle a bit--enough to let the spankee know it is coming...
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The bow in the center of the shaft changes the impact of the cane, depending on which way the cane is facing.
Width: 1 cm
Hard rubber or plasticFairly flexible
I used to think the use of this was like "spanking with a cane". It's heavy, so gives a cane-like sting, combined with a paddle-like "thud".
"Intense Impact" Cane
Width: Tapers 3/8” – ¼”
Solid plastic shaft—rigid, but with some give
This is my latest acquisition. I found it on Amazon, for less than $20. They gave it that title--it's what I meant by a "lap cane". It's short, easy to hold, and could easily be used for an over-the-knee spanking.
Thickness: < ¼”
Sanded, with rounded edges
This is simply a thin, flat, narrow strip of wood that I found lying around the house--one of those moments where you have no idea where the thing came from, but want it. I sanded the sides, edges, and tips. It's light, and feels something like a ruler, but can't be used too hard without breaking.
Width: > ¼” - < ¼”
Very light aluminum
This is a car antenna that had broken off ("whip antenna" is the technical term, not my doing). I would never decide to use this on someone, unless they wanted or needed, and could handle, severe pain. This is the kind of implement that, if misused, would easily break the skin, which I would never want to do.
Most of these I have never used, except in play or demonstration--a quick couple of flicks with each crop, to see how they differ. Some I would like to use in certain situations (I do like to use the cane in a "schoolgirl" scenario, but have far less interest in having it used on me than most of my toys), and others I have no interest in using, but they fit well in the collection.
More to come.........