Review: Leather Riding Crop from Passion Craft Store
Hit me, baby, one more time.
Kinksters have co-opted riding crops for percussive maintenance of humans, but many of the old design principles still stand.
Riding crops are like a hybrid of whips, canes, and paddles. You could call them a happy medium for BDSM impact play, especially for beginners.
What is a riding crop?
Riding crops were originally for training horses while riding them. The rider could grip the crop and tap the horse, urging it to move forward, without:
- Losing balance
- Marking the horse
- Hitting their own straddled legs
Form follows function; the critical features of riding crops reflect that, especially if you compare their silhouettes to whips with lashes.
Differences among riding crops, whips, et al.
Relative to full whips, riding crops tend to be…
Broader at the tip
Riding crops often have a thin, flexible “tongue” at the end. It spreads out the pressure more than a cane and reduces marks on the skin. On the flip side, riding crop keepers also tend to be narrower and more focused than paddles.
On the shorter side
A flick of the wrist is sufficient for a significant impact with a leather riding crop. Whips tend to be longer, demanding full-body weight shifting — or at least a vigorous arm swing.
Firmer and more structured
Riding crops contain a slightly flexible core inside the woven leather — often fiberglass, polycarbonate, or brass tubing. The one I have has fiberglass (fiber-reinforced plastic) inside. It’s firmer than a whip’s lash but springier than canes generally are.
Features of Passion Craft Store’s handmade leather riding crop
Passion Craft Store is an indie artisan shop based in Ukraine, specializing in handcrafted leather impact toys. They sent me a beautiful riding crop, wrapped with care in tissue paper and discreetly packed in a long poster mailer.
This riding crop has some SERIOUS bounce to it, bending back and springing forward with gusto. There’s an audible WHOOSH when you swing it. Sensation-wise, it ranges from light taps to stingy smacks. You can, of course, also lightly graze the edge of the flap against the receiver’s skin to tease them. Or focus on using the mid-shaft for more intense pain.
Leather tightly weaves over the handle and shaft while the “tongue” is sewn on. There’s also a wrist strap affixed by metal hardware. You have 12 leather colors to choose from — use one color throughout or pair two hues together.
Riding crop measurements
- Overall length: 29.5″ (75 cm)
- Keeper/”tongue”: 3.6″ (9.1 cm)
- Handle length: 7.9″ (20 cm)
- Keeper/”tongue”: 1.8″ wide (4.6 cm)
- Shaft diameter: 0.35″ (0.89 cm)
- Handle minimum diameter: 0.56″ (1.4 cm)
- Handle maximum diameter: 1.0″ (2.5 cm)
Overall, it’s long and lean for a crop but still easy to control, even for beginners to impact play.
Why shop handmade BDSM impact toys?
If you’re new to BDSM, you might be wondering about the perks of buying a handcrafted riding crop instead of a mass-produced implement. As with many cases, you get what you pay for.
Cheap BDSM impact toys aren’t necessarily worse sensation-wise, but they tend to be less durable and fall apart sooner. A carefully crafted, authentic leather riding crop is much more likely to last and hold up to intense play.
(As always, though, check your equipment for signs of wear and tear before use. And be sure to read through the safety info in the product descriptions.)
You also get more customizability. If the options on the website don’t quite strike your fancy, you can email Passion Craft Store’s owners, Igor and Alesya, for something one-of-a-kind!
Last but not least, you’re voting with your dollars, paying an artisan a fair price for their labor and experience. Buying handmade means funding a creative person’s joy and livelihood — take pride in that.
Hey! Passion Craft Store sponsored this post and sent me this handmade leather riding crop free of charge for a review. Thoughts here are mine and freely expressed.
I also can’t emphasize safety enough. Stick to impact play on body parts with ample muscle or fat, such as the butt and thighs. Avoid joints, bony areas, and the abdomen. Please.