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Stock whips are not suitable for SM play unless in the hands of an expert.

I have problems with a statement like this. How is one to become 'expert' and by what means can one tell whether one (or another) is skilled enough in using a stock whip before they use it? Could we elucidate please? --Interesdom 12:52, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Good point, I am tring to differentiate between someone who has the ability to crack a whip and someone who has the experience to use it safely, say Alex Cobra. Balzac 14:07, 27 December 2007 (UTC)
It is quite difficult to use a whip properly. It took me years.--Taxwoman 22:10, 27 December 2007 (UTC)
Although expert is wooly, I can't think of a better term to use. Balzac 00:20, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
How about something along the lines of "...unless one has practised enough (on inanimate objects) to be confident of hitting a 4-inch spot without missing it and at the same time to strike a sheet of stiff paper without splitting it." (I do NOT count myself as being good enough: while "expert" with a whip, I trained years ago to use a whip as weapon (e.g. able to strip bark off an oak tree) and still don't trust myself on flesh.) --Interesdom 17:10, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Split a sheet of stiff paper? Only if it's resting on a very soft surface.--Taxwoman 22:58, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
What would be good as a practice target to be able to strike without splitting it? Standard printer paper? Toilet tissue? This is a genuine question for me, as well as seeking some better definition for Wipipedia. --Interesdom 16:54, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

I used a paper bag full of potatoes.--Taxwoman 22:19, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

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