July 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm #2566
Hope I’m not doing any rule breaking but…
I want to buy a new flogger. I like a good sting and love welts but I don’t know that I’m quite ready for anything too intense. And is it a bad idea to buy online?
Any advice would be helpful!July 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm #2567
I suggest finding a maker in your area, or other talking with friends about who they recommend. An awful lot of online stuff is poor quality and/or expensive. Custom makers like myself put quality materials and invest time into the item to assure quality. Some of us even offer lifetime warranties on workmanship.July 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm #2568
If you have a bit of experience and know what you are looking for buying online is fine. If this is your first time buying a flogger you should use caution online shopping as many large commercial sites stock the same mass produced in foreign places stuff. However, there are plenty of flogger makers here on fet and many of us have our own websites or sell our wares on ETSY of other places.
If you don’t have a lot of experience wielding floggers it can be hard to know what size/length you will be comfortable with, if you can make it out to an event with vendors I would recommend it highly as it can be very helpful to pick up handle and swing a variety of things to figure out what you like.
If you have any specific questions feel free to email me.July 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm #2569
As has been said local is a great way to buy. One of the risks of online is dealing with the uncertainty of the person you are ordering from. There are quite a few of us on here that make what I consider high end toys that are not high end priced. But if you have never purchase from someone before there is always that unknown. How will he/she treat your order and make sure you are happy with your purchase. As Sovran said some of us do offer lifetime backing of our toys. Others, like myself, will tell you if you are not happy with it just send it back. If you are unsure ask for references. Engage with the person and make sure your toy is being made to fit your needs and desires. But if you can find someone local at least give that person a look. After all it is more fun to buy something you can see and feel.July 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm #2570
If you can find someone close to you, then that is always best. If you can’t find someone then try locating an event with venders nearby and visit them. Most will be glad to talk with you to help you get what you are looking for and even suggest materials and lengths of falls and handles. Buying in person offers you the advantage of being able to use it on your own bared arm or leg before purchasing, which is rather difficult to do on line.July 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm #2571
Many things effect the feel of leather and there is a big difference between leather and suede, while the width the falls are cut at is a factor so is the weight of the hide and type of suede/leather(cow, calf, lamb, bison, elk, etc.).
If you look through the makers listed in the sticky and see a photo you like perhaps you could ask them for a sample of the material to be mailed to you. I know I have/do send material samples it is very hard to judge the weight/thickness/stiffness/color from a photo sometimes.
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