aesthetics of this design were inspired by an illustration by the
artist Sardax (www.sardax.com).
One of our clients wanted one just like it, but for the sake of
suppleness and durability, built of the tarred cod line we use for
the Viper and St. Christopher. This called for some
compromises between fantasy, art, and practicality. Trusting the
accuracy of the artist's eye, the original item was probably a recycled
single-tail leather whip -- unbraided and rebraided -- with knots
along its length. We chose a hard handle for greater control and
decided to exaggerate the taper and regularize the spacing of the
knots. At 36" overall it's very controllable.
are two ways of using the heavier Colts; both are enormously
punishing. If the punisher stands directly behind
the punishee and "rolls out" the Colt
as if it were a single-tail whip, it will not make an audible crack,
but the tapered thong will concentrate the whole force of the blow
at the tip -- which will make deep single bruises and may break
skin. If the punisher stands alongside
the punishee, striking across the back or butt with
the first three or four knots, great pain and livid red marks are
to be expected in addition to the bruising.
is almost no way to use this implement gently or teasingly. The
difference in size has as much to do with the hand of the one using
it, as it does with the severity. Bigger is bigger.
So the Short version has been extended to 42" and the
Large one is now a full 48" overall, tip-to-tip
We recently decided to design a heavier version of the Short Colt
and added our Signature handle for greater control in use.
It is thicker in all sections and is for those who play hard!
notes for those who care about such things:
design draws inspiration from two 19th Century naval instruments
of punishment. In the British Navy, formal punishment was always
administered with the nine-tail Cat. However, sailors on duty who
did not move quickly enough to suit their officers were encouraged
to greater zeal and activity by "starting." "The
merest sign of hesitation in carrying out an order was enough to
merit several stripes with a petty officer's "colt" (whip)."
customer recently wrote to say:
"I just received
the Codline Colt (large) whip that I ordered. As always,
the workmanship is suburb and top of the line. I can't wait to try
it out. BY"