Floggers

A Question of Taste:

Sting or Thud, which sensation do you want to instill? Many Dom/mes prefer to vary according the intensity and aim of the play, but sometimes the decision comes down to personal taste. After all play is both for the Dom/me and the submissives fulfillment. If you have yet to discuss the types of sensations that your submissive craves in percussive play, perhaps you should take the opportunity to do so… it could lead to and evening of scintillating discovery.

In general floggers elicit both types of sensations, sting and thud, but depending on how you create the tool and the materials used you can emphasize one sensation over the other.

Basics of Creating the Right Sensation:

  1. Sting is created by the use of thinner material, the lighter the material is in weight the more pronounced the stinging sensation.
  2. Thud is created by thicker material, and so the heavier the weight of the material used the more percussive the thud sensation.
  3. Length and number of tails will also be a deciding factor in whether your flogger stings or thuds.
  1. Long thin tails with split tips will definitely leave a lasting sting and that oh so deliciously enigmatic raised welting. Usually a set of 6-9 braided tails with split knot tip of a length of 12-14 inches will produce the desired effect. BE aware though that with a flogger of this length the distance between you and your submissive will be dictated by the type of hit you want exact. A hard lashing whip would not be appropriate with this length flogger if you are standing a foot away from your submissive…chances are you will strike too hard and also feel the sting of your flogging.
  2. Thud is best produced with thick bunches of .5 to 1 inch cuts of medium to heavy weight material. The bunches should consist of at least 18-22 strands and for mop type floggers anywhere from 35-65 strands. The length of a good thud flogger is about 12 inches not including the handle. Of course if you want distance to really be able to apply some pressure you can go for 17 inch long tails but any longer and you will find your flogger going limp before you can make a strike.

Just a side mention to save you time, doubling the intended length of your strand and adding and additional 8 inches will allow you to get more strands with less time consuming effort as well a provide a basic 4 inch length of handle for your flogger.

Types of Materials for Tails:

Sting:

  • Duct tape strips twisted and wrapped.
  • Vinyl cording.
  • Braided ribbon or cotton twine (the thin cording that has a silky feel usually found in Dollar Stores).
  • Old belts (leather or fabric) cut into thin strips.
  • Shoestrings (can be braided but they absolutely must be washed and hygenic).
  • 1.5 – 3 oz. leather cording (usually sold in bundles at leather goods stores for a reasonable price).
  • Black electrical tape strips stuck back to back.

Thud:

  • 3 oz.-5 oz. leather cords (sold in bundles).
  • Old jeans torn into strips and braided (if the jean is a heavier weave you do not need to braid it).
  • Corded rope (hemp, cotton, satin, absolutely no poly urethane covered rope or plastic rope).
  • Trashbags ripped into strips and braided.
  • A piece of vinyl cut into strips. (.5 – 1 inch width is best).
  • Old leather belts cut into thick strips.
  • Duct tape stuck back to back and then wrapped (try to keep the strands as thick as possible).

Some Basic Floggers:

Pillow Case Flogger:

This is a great beginning flogger and it is very easy to sanitize as it can easily be laundered. Basically you take an empty standard sized pillow case, color is your preference, so go with what you like. A pillow case flogger offers mostly ‘thud’ as opposed to sting so you can explore the psychology, sensation, and atmosphere of a flogging scene. Fold an empty pillow case in half 2 or 3 times along the short length and grasp one end in your hand.

Bootlace Mini-Flogger:

Take one pair of 6 foot long 1/8 inch wide soft boot strings. Cut both strings in half making four 3 foot long pieces. Round the hard plastic end using small sharp fingernail scissors. Be sure you round the end and not make it sharper, you can use a nail emery board to soften the edges slightly after you round them off. Gather the 3 foot lengths together and fold them in half, use a rubber band to join them at their midpoints. Remember this type of flogger produces more of a ‘sting’ than a ‘thud’, but be careful as a strong hit with this flogger can produce heavy welting, bruising, or bleeding.

Table of Measures

Sizes Dimensions | Length x Diameter | No. of Tails | Short  |  Medium  |  Long

Mini                      5”x3.25”                  8 to 12        8”-12”

Standard               9”x3.25”                 18 to 22      13”-16”    17”-20”      21”-24”

Double                  9”x3.25”                 35 to 45      13”-16”    17”-20”      21”-24”

Cats                      9”x3.25”                 9 to 12        13”-16”    17”-20”     21”-24”

Mop                      11”x4”                    65 to 100                                    21”-24”

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