In an anti-CP article by the director of the John Howard Society, the caption reads:
“The ‘paddle’ or strap used in Canadian penitentiaries and Reformatories … is perforated, so that the soft flesh of a man’s buttocks is drawn up and torn with each stroke. He usually can’t take more than a few strokes at a time”.
Warden Allan of Kingston Penitentiary had a more innocent, aerodynamics-related explanation for the holes, to do with keeping the strap flat so that it did not turn and cut the prisoner.
Our beautiful but wicked replica is made of firm, heavy 10 oz (4-5 mm) dense Oak Bark Tanned Harness Leather of the finest quality. The paddle measures 20 inches by 3 inches including a 7 inch moulded leather handle that is cross-laced at the back, making for a very comfortable grip. The blade is 12 inches long with six 1/4 inch holes to deliver a little extra sting. It is approximately 1/4 inch thick.
The paddle is ideal for using with the culprit standing or bending over a bed, desk or chair. It is as comfortable for the top as it is uncomfortable for the bottom! Its size and weight make it the perfect deterrent for naughty boys and girls, especially when hung on its 3/4 inch nickel D ring for all to see.
As with all our implements, it is hand-crafted from beginning to end, made with care and attention for the perfect piece. It is bevelled and burnished to a glass-smooth finish, with a saddlers crease around the edge.
Nick, The London Tanners
ATTENTION: All our products require professional use to prevent unwanted injury. The London Tanners are not liable for any injury.
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