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Cold Steel – Sjambok
Occaisionaly I get a REAL mean streak in me – especially when one of my precious charges is being particularly naughty!
Cold Steel has a very nasty whip-like solution called a ‘Sjambok’.
In Africa, the Sjambok (Sham-Bawk) is a cattle prod, a whip, a riding crop and a means of self-protection. Unlike most western style whips, the Sjambok is not plaited from thin leather thongs. Instead, it is carved whole out of very thick Hippopotamus hide. Its considerable reach, lightning speed and devastating impact have built it quite a reputation as a sure defense against deadly snakes. Since the Sjambok is swung like a rod or stick and not cracked like a conventional western style whip, the weight, speed and flexibility of the Sjambokâ€™s lash does all the work and little skill is required to wield it effectively.
Today Hippo hide is pretty scarce and not commercially viable, so Cold Steel has produced a synthetic version of the classic Sjambok. Featuring a thick, beefy lash, injection molded from polypropylene and equipped with a soft comfortable Kraton handle designed to resemble braided leather, their synthetic Sjambok rivals the look and performance of even the most expensive originals.
This little meany comes in 42 and 54 inch lengths. As you can see from the photo it IS flexible. It is like weilding a stiff leather cane. It feels and marks like a cross between a whip and a cane. It will leave behind cane-like welts and will mark through clothing. It does not take much strength or force to weild a Sjambok – so do use common sense and caution!
If you are into knife play you need to go and visit the Cold Steel website. They also have a selection of DVD’s available for self defense techniques with many of the specialized products that they sell.
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