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You can really hurt someone with a whip. This is something where you MUST practice on something besides a live human.

Whips generally fall into two main groups. The first includes all single-thonged whips, such as blacksnake whips, buggy whips, and bullwhips which range in size from around 3 -12 feet. All will produce an intense burning sensation while the larger ones, if used without caution can cut skin like a knife.

The second main group is the multi-thonged whips, which includes a wide range of implements like the cat ‘o’ nine tails, two-tailed quirts, and other softer ‘floggers’.