BDSM 101: Canes (how to choose and use a cane)

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BDSM 101: Canes (how to choose and use a cane)

Newbie BDSM-ers might think of caning as old-school punishment, but using a cane in an impact play scene is an amazing tool and can leave some phenomenal marks!

(Original information from https://www.uberkinky.co.uk/essential-guides/impact-play-guides/beginners-guide-to-caning.html)

Types of canes

The greater the rigidity, weight and diameter of the cane, the deeper the pain and thud against the skin. In contrast, the lighter, longer and more flexible the cane, the greater the sting in its tail.

Natural fibre canes

These are porous so not the best for sharing!

Rattan

  • Flexible and lightweight
  • Can have a big sting!
  • Wrapped rattan canes encased in leather can add depth to the sting
  • Often have a natural slight curve

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Bamboo

  • Often mistaken for rattan
  • When dry it is liable to break and splinter so not ideal for beginners
  • If it breaks, it often breaks lengthwise leaving very sharp edges so keep it moist

Reed

  • Similar to rattan but without joints and usually not varnished
  • Extremely narrow so create a huge stinging sensation
  • Leaves impressive stripes on bottoms!

Synthetic fibres

These can instil so much fear, especially if your submissive hears the whoosh as you swing it without hitting them!

Fibreglass

  • Typically white and often opaque
  • Lightweight and relatively easy to control
  • Slightly less flexible than some other (natural) materials so the impact can be painful and deep

Lucite

  • Completely see through and available in a variety of different colours
  • Very rigid with a hard thud
  • Tendency to break  with sharp edges
  • For experienced caners

Plastic

  • Relatively flexible and easy to control
  • Ideal choice for beginners so you can perfect your aim
  • Smooth and solid
  • Makes a beautiful cutting sound through the air as it moves towards the ‘sweet spot’ and lands with a sting

Derlin

  • Hard like rubber and heavy
  • Very thuddy
  • Much harsher than rattan
  • Only for the extreme players

Carbon fibre

  • Less flexible than rattan
  • Very deep stings
  • Common breakages because of their rigidity,
  • Electro conductive, so why not turn up the voltage and introduce a violet wand do your play?

Techniques

The way in which a Dominant/Top strikes the skin will determine the sensation felt by the bottom. This could range from lifting the cane right before the moment of impact (for a stingy hit) to pressing and holding the cane down after the moment of impact (for a thud). Alternatively you may choose to let the cane bounce off the skin, or come in from an angle to graze as well as sting the skin.

Sting & Thud

There are two sensations associated with caning; stingy and thuddy. Canes are more commonly linked to a stinging sensation; however some more rigid or heavier canes will deliver an almighty thud. This technique, as its name suggests, simply means alternating between the two. Not only does it give the bottom a break when one of the sensations becomes too much, it will keep them on their toes and ensure that they never get complacent.

Scary Swish

We’ve all heard it! That sadistically satisfying sound as something cuts through the air. Well, when it comes to caning, this can be particularly gratifying. Simply move the cane quickly through the air, making cutting sounds to build up anticipation and fear.

Surprise Surprise

This technique is all in the wrist action; quickly and gently tap your chosen ‘sweet spot’ in a consistent rhythm. The strikes should be soft and gentle, barely hard enough to sting the skin. Once the bottom has relaxed into these gentle hits, start tapping a little harder. You will find that they tense up at first and then relax back into the rhythm. Without breaking the rhythm, give the bottom a hard whack. Continue with the gentle taps, next time startling them with two hard hits, and so on. Gradually build this up so that every tap becomes a hard whack. This can also be used as a very effective warm up technique when transitioning to caning.

Happy Ending

The bottom is likely to be floating around somewhere in subspace during your caning play, so how you bring them back to reality is extremely important. If it’s time for the scene to end, or you’re ready to move onto bigger and better things, choose some way of involving them in the decision. Some Tops ask their bottom to choose a number between one and twenty, advising that this is how many more hits they can expect. Others simply dictate the amount, or have the bottom signal in some way when they are happy to finish. Whichever method you choose, it will allow the bottom to come to terms that their punishment is nearly over.

Cane Care & Storage

Firstly, all canes must be cleaned thoroughly after each use, but this is particularly important if sharing with multiple partners (only share non-porous canes). Canes can be sanitised thoroughly in a bleach solution (one part household chlorine bleach to nine parts water) or with a disinfectant. Additionally most synthetic canes can be washed through in the dishwasher (although we recommend you check this beforehand), or sterilized with antibacterial toy cleaner/alcohol swabs.

Canes made from rattan, bamboo and reed need a little bit of added care to keep them from drying out and breaking. To help them retain moisture you can choose one of two options; either soak in salt water or steam regularly. If this is not done, canes will become dry and brittle meaning that they are more likely to break upon impact. A cane that breaks on the body has the capability to cause serious injury. Varnished canes are sealed and therefore do not require the same treatment.

Canes should always be stored either hung up or suspended, rather than in your tool box or lying down. Also avoid storing in any way that the tip can be damaged. You could even keep rattan canes, or those made from other natural fibres, hung up in your bathroom to absorb some of the moisture.


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