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The ultimate guide to BDSM whips and floggers

Bondage floggers and whips make up an important part of virtually any BDSM play session. If you or your partner have some experience with kink, it is usually not very difficult to choose a sex whip or flogger. However, those who have just started to explore BDSM play should remember that the choice of toy and technique makes a world of difference when it comes to the sensations you experience.

What Is the Difference Between a Whip and a Flogger?

Floggers and whips are actually two different types of toys. BDSM whips are usually the toys of choice for experienced users. Whips usually come in a wide range of materials with each toy featuring one or more tails. A whip is one of the most intense flogging toys, and it may cause a significant amount of pain to the receiver.


Experienced BDSM enthusiasts often advise beginners to experiment with BDSM floggers first. Basically, a flogger consists of a handle and falls. Falls are usually made out of strips of soft material such as leather, nylon, rubber, or others. The flogger handle is often called a hilt. It can be wrapped in leather and feature a ball that separates it from the falls. Floggers also often feature another ball on the opposite side. This ball is called a pommel and it has a ring or a loop that allows you to hang the flogger on the wall.

Main Types of Floggers

Bondage floggers can be broken down into groups according to several criteria. One of the most important is the material of the flogger. The material can make a lot of difference in the sensation the flogger provides. Leather is the most popular material for floggers. Here are some types of leather floggers you may encounter on the market:


  • Suede floggers are usually soft and flexible. They are used to deliver a thud mixed with a sting.
  • Oiled leather floggers are usually stiff. They deliver moderate to severe sting, so these toys are generally preferred by experienced players. The sensations delivered by these floggers are so intense that people often prefer using other toys for warm-up and cool-down.
  • Combo floggers are made of a combination of leathers. Usually, this includes suede and oiled leather to deliver both thud and sting sensations.
  • Elk leather floggers are quite soft. They are used to deliver a medium thud and light sting. These floggers are a great choice for a warm-up before more aggressive play.
  • Deer leather is thin, light, and soft. Floggers made from it cause a very light thud, so they are perfect for partners who do not like severe pain. They can also be used at the end of an intense play session for cool-down.
  • Rabbit floggers are even softer than toys made from deer leather. They often have fur which makes it impossible for them to cause any sting or thud. These floggers are a perfect choice for people who prefer sensation play.
  • Buffalo skin is very heavy and thick. It is three to four times thicker than cowhide and buffalo floggers are used to deliver a deep thud with little sting. However, if your partner is easily bruised, it is best to avoid these floggers.

Non-leather floggers can be made of a wide range of materials. The most widespread toys are:


  • Fabric floggers – these are among the least painful. They are an excellent choice if your partner is not into pain.
  • Rubber floggers. These toys are easy to sterilize, so they are often chosen by people who use one flogger for multiple partners. At the same time, they deliver a higher level of intensity and sting than fabric floggers.

You can find most of these toys in sex shops or online on websites like Anoeses. Our store features a large selection of premium-quality leather floggers that will quickly become your favorites.

Width and Number of Falls

When choosing a flogger, it is important to consider the width of its falls. Most floggers are 1”, ½”, ¼”, or ¾” wide. The width of the falls will significantly influence the sensation experienced by the receiver when he or she is hit with the flogger. Wider falls deliver more thud, while narrow falls deliver more sting. 


Deer, elk, and suede floggers usually come with floggers that are ½” wide. The typical width for oiled leather falls is ¼”, so the toys deliver more sting, however, you can find toys with other fall widths as well.


Floggers can also be distinguished according to the number of falls they feature. Most toys have 20, 30, 40, or more falls. The more falls a flogger has, the more thud it delivers. Floggers that feature a large number of falls allow the receiver to experience flogging sensations over a wider area. On the other hand, floggers that feature fewer falls deliver a sharper, more localized sensation.

FAQ

How do I choose a flogger?

When choosing a flogger, the first thing to consider is the sensation you want it to deliver. Explore different kinds of materials and choose the one that best fulfills your desires. You may also want to read some reviews or talk to people who have already used the flogger you want to buy.


Next, think of your budget. You can find a flogger at any price point. Professional, weighted toys may cost several hundred dollars. But it is also possible to find a good flogger for a playful evening for less than $50.

How many falls does a flogger have?

A flogger can have a different number of falls. Floggers that feature 20 to 40 falls are most common, however, you can find other types of toys on the market. The fewer falls a flogger has, the more it will sting the receiver. 

How do you clean a flogger?

After using the flogger, wipe the toy with a soft, barely damp cloth or brush it with a soft, dry brush to remove surface dust. You may need to clean it a few times. Then, apply some saddle soap with a damp (not wet) sponge. After cleaning, hang your flogger to air-dry.

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