"How do I choose which type of leather is right for me?
What do I look for in a 'thuddy' vs. 'stingy' feel?"
The biggest part of this question comes down to who will be feeling the flogger most often. Will it be used on one person mainly who likes a certain type of flogging, or will it be used on a range of people and need to be versatile? The most versatile of the types of leather that most floggers are made from is cowhide; it can be a great starting off material with how soft it feels, yet has enough substance to it to last through a scene on its own. Here is some information about the other leather types we use:
- Deer: being a game animal, deer hide is usually rather soft and spongy in texture as well as being incredibly light. Typically this hide works great for warm up or cool down, but doesn't pack enough weight to make heavy masochists swoon.
- Elk: very much like deer hide in look and feeling, elk is a little thicker than deer and delivers a sensation of pure thud (and typically more noise than a bruise developing impact)
- Heavy chap: technically a type of cowhide, this hide is a bit thicker than standard cowhide and a bit more dense as well. When cut wide this hide creates a wonderful thud, yet when cut thin or angle cut on the tips, this hide can leave a lasting sting as well.
- Bull: thicker than heavy chap, this hide sure can pack a wallop! This hide is one of our most popular assist heavier players for its ability to take the scene that much further with less work from the top.
"What do I look for in a 'thuddy' vs 'stingy' feel?"
There are actually a few different things that come to play with how much thud vs sting something delivers.
- First, the width the falls can make a huge difference. Super thin falls are typically stingy and the wider you cut the thuddier the falls get. Once you reach a certain width however, the falls start to become stingy again, turning back into more of a slapper kind of feeling.
- Second, the amount of falls affects the feeling. The less falls you have the more sting, the more falls you have the more thud you'll get.
- Lastly, the density and thickness of the hide helps determine how stingy something will be. If you have a hide that is thick and dense, you'll usually get a sensation that is thuddy with sting off the back-end of a strike. Thick and not dense (like elk) is typically all thud. Thin and dense will be stingy, and thin and not dense will be thuddy.