A handle is an appendage to an object to be held in one's hand in order to use or move it.
Handles of spanking implements
Most spanking implements have a handle, or at least an end that is naturally used as a handle. The handle is usually made from the same material as the "business end" of the implement. Optionally, it can be brushed up with additional material, for a better handle shape and/or feel.
Typical types of such handles:
- wooden handle
- wooden core handle, wrapped
- metal handle
- metal core handle, wrapped
- leather handle (often two or more layers of leather sewn or riveted together)
- wooden handle around a leather core
- plastic handle
Types of wrapping material:
- soft leather wrapping, glued and/or sewed
- coiled leather string (square or round)
- plaited leather strips
- synthetic leather
- coiled string
- self-adhesive tape
- fabric tape
- padded self-adhesive tape (produced commercially for tennis/badminton/squash rackets, or bicycle handles)
Double loopy cane
Properties of a good handle:
- is in the right proportion to the rest of the implement in terms of weight and length
- is ergonomic and provides good grip with good control over the implement
- doesn't get slippery when the user's hand becomes wet (sweating)
- is strong, robust and well attached for a long life and maximum safety
- optionally, has a knob at the end
- optionally, has a hole or loop at the end, as a hanger
The part of the implement that is in highest danger of breaking is often the part where the handle joins the business end. This part should never be made weak. A shape such as a) in the figure to the right may look nicer, but a shape such as b) is strong where it is important, and much less likely to break.
If the implement is floppy (e.g. a strap, tawse or leather paddle), it may also be desireable to stiffen it somewhat at the part where the handle joins the business end, for example, with an interior spine if it is double-layered. Alternatively, the spanker can also put one or two fingers on the flap for floppiness control.
Less common cases
- wrapped or wooden handle for canes
- stiffened handle for straps and tawses (additional layers of leather or wood)