A Focus On The Tawse
As leather toys go, a real Tawse, not a wannabe split leather strap, is just about the most fearsome, short range, toy that you can get. As The images above and below illustrate.
But it is not the Tawse used on the bottom, that this post will be focusing on but….
Although impacts on the buttocks, back of the legs and even the back can be far more satisfying than hand play, there is something psychologically thrilling and scary, seeing the blow coming in, that can really get the endorphins flowing. You might get a better idea of this from the following video.
The Tawse is about the most painful impact toy that you can use on the hands. If you used a cane to cause the same level of pain, you would be at risk of damaging all those small bones, that are found in the hand. The severity of the Tawse, relies on its proportions. Traditionally, the Lochgelly Tawse was 22 inches (about 56 cm) long and came in varying thicknesses to vary the severity level. But even the least severe was by no means skinny. The following images give an idea of the various thicknesses of Tawses
A light Tawse
A heavy Tawse
(I could not find an image of the thickness of a medium Tawse)
An extra heavy Tawse
And the following GIF illustrates what instructions a recipient might receive before having their hands Tawsed. Although the Tawse being used here is the traditional Glasgow, 3 tailed Tawse, this should whip up those stomach butterflies into a veritable storm, if this was seen through your own eyes 🙂
The impact of a Tawse on the palms is brutal, to say the least. The after effects are equally disturbing. It feels like the centre of your palm has developed a black hole, whose gravity field is dragging the rest of the skin on your hand into its depths. Even when people are only pratting about with this toy, you can tell that it causes a lot of real pain on the paws, as can be seen, in the following two videos.
An interesting break from work
And fun at the local pub
The Tawse Helped End The Use Of Corporal Punishment in UK Schools (Hooray!)
It was a court case about the use of the Tawse in Scottish schools that did not end the use of CP in UK schools, but it did start the ball rolling in that direction. Leaving the use of the Tawse firmly where it should be, only between consenting adults. The following video not only tells you about this but also has some footage of how a real Tawse is made, that I found very interesting.
It is the pain and body chemicals that make impact play so wonderful. But actually seeing it coming can add a psychological element that can increase the sensation tenfold.
I hope that this post has brought back good memories to those who enjoy hand Tawsing and perhaps, tempted those of you who have yet to experience it to give it a go.