The Crop

Thanks to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the crop has become rather pop­u­lar in the bedroom!

Here’s a rid­ing crop from JT’s Stock­room (the link opens in a new win­dow for you). Here are some quirts from Tex­o­maWhips. JT’s Stock­room (now sim­ply called The Stock­room) is one of my favorite providers of inex­pen­sive but high qual­ity bondage equip­ment. I have no rela­tion­ship to Tex­o­maWhips, but their pho­tos look great!

A quirt is rel­a­tively short. Roughly half is han­dle, and half is the whip. The han­dle might be wooden, or might be leather and flex­i­ble. A quirt has two or three rel­a­tively wide blades. The ones I have seen have all been rawhide.

With a quirt, the whole thing is flex­i­ble and floppy. A rid­ing crop, by com­par­i­son, is stiff.

Rid­ing Crops

The cane, because it is so flex­i­ble and whippy, can be dif­fi­cult to land accu­rately. (I con­sider this a fea­ture.) Pic­ture an area the size of a thumb­tack. To hit that area — and ONLY that area — with a cane, requires a fair degree of exper­tise, and not every­one has that.

A rid­ing crop, on the other hand, is stiff. It’s easy to con­trol and use. If you can han­dle a hair­brush, you can han­dle a rid­ing crop.

Even though it’s stiff, it is still thin and whippy like a cane. That means you can be care­ful, and that also means you can cre­ate some inter­est­ing — ah — effects.

One style is to have only the slap­per strike the tar­get. You can do a very rapid slap-​​slap-​​slap, per­haps gen­tly and per­haps not.

Because the stiff­ness of the crop allows you to be accu­rate, you can take a swipe at the tar­get. Instead of slap­ping i the breast, you can swipe across the nip­ple, for a very nice effect. (I also enjoy remov­ing clothes­pins with the rid­ing crop.)

Like with the cane, you can slap-​​slap-​​slap the rid­ing crop any­where and everywhere.

You can use the crop for full strokes across the bot­tom, just like with a cane. The effect is fairly sim­i­lar, espe­cially with a longer crop, and you need to take sim­i­lar pre­cau­tions — be care­ful about wrap­ping, cut­ting the skin, strik­ing too high, etc. I per­son­ally don’t use the crop that way except for variety’s sake. What­ever I can do with a crop, I can do bet­ter with a cane. (That is, what­ever I can do with full strokes of a crop, I can do bet­ter by using the cane.)

What makes a crop a crop, is the slap­per. Dif­fer­ent crops will pro­duce dif­fer­ent effects. Crops can be very effec­tive, and can be espe­cially effec­tive in those hard-​​to-​​reach places.


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