are a pliable lash or thong that are traditionally used to control or drive animals. They are also highly appealing to BDSM practitioners, who are known to use whips during sexual “play times” to enhance sexual pleasure. Whips have been in existence for centuries. Ancient Egyptians used them to drive and discipline slaves. In modern times, whips are used on cattle farms to control livestock. Whips also figure extensively in films and are associated with many known cinematic characters such as Zorro, Indiana Jones, and Cat Woman. There are many types of leather whips namely, stock, bull, pocket snake and signal. BDSM advocates using whips since they are unique, connote power, and generate a stinging and burning sensation. When buying whips for BDSM, choose one that have more than four plaits (braided leather). It should be noted that the majority of good quality whips will have no more than eight plaits. Check if the plaits are wrapped tightly, which can be accomplished by lightly twisting the fall. To be sure, buy good quality whips made by reputable companies such as David Morgan and Wheeler. As we all know size matters, and whip size is no different. However, this does not mean that bigger is always better. What is recommended is that you get one that will meet your needs and preferences. When cleaning your whip, you should not use liquid treatments or neatsfoot oil. These products contain animal fat that promote the growth of fungus and bacteria which will eventually cause the leather to weaken. Whips should not only be used exclusively to draw blood in BDSM plays. You can use whips to rub down certain body parts (such as the back, neck, and bottom's lips) of your partner. They can also be used to produce welts, scratches and marks. Allow your partner's bottom to recover when hitting it with a whip. Whips move pretty fast and as a consequence, recovery may take time. Remember too that whips don't necessarily have to make a cracking sound in order for them to be effective. Whips are dangerous and should be used with caution. Practice is essential and you should not attempt to use one with a BDSM partner until you have mastered whip use. When using a whip, make sure you have enough space for swinging. Once you have drawn blood, never forget to clean the wound and the whip. Whips made of nylon are easier to clean than ones made of leather. You can use antibacterial soap, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide when cleaning nylon crackers. Leather whips on the other hand cannot be fully sterilized and so it will be useless if you use a lot of sterilizing agents when cleaning one.