Guest Columnist Lila Night: A Spanking Star’s Thoughts on Hand Spankings, Leather, Paddles, and the Cane

We here at Cherry Red HQ are delighted to feature the lovely fetish and spanking star Lila Night as a special cherry red guest blogger, discussing the pro’s and con’s of various spanko implements.

Where to find Lila? You can see her in butt-blazing action on RealSpankings and Real Spankings Institute, and check out her personal website at

Lila was also featured in a super cool, quite detailed interview on this blog Here. In addition, the beautiful Miss Betty from RealSpankings was interviewed as well Here.

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Thank you very much to Lila Night for taking the time to write this special guest blog post:

Written by Lila Night:

Instead of always diligently studying for school or finishing chores, I’ve put a lot of thought into spanking.

Recently, I’ve been thinking (critically, mind you) about the different types of implements and how best to use them in a given situation. And so, here are my thoughts on hand spanking, leather implements, wood toys, and canes, which, as groups, are the building blocks of a healthy spanko life.

First off, hand spankings. While not every person who dabbles in spanking ventures off into the territory of wild and exotic implements like fancy-handled canes and special-ordered paddles made from the wood of a particular tree only found in the depths of Laos, everyone who’s had a spanking, any spanking at all, has had a hand spanking.

Because even the toughest spanker still has nerves in his/her hands, the pain involved with a hand spanking, though sometimes significant, can still be endured by even the most nervous of first time spankers.

As such, it is often with a hand spanking that spankos first experiment with the wide world of spanking.

A hand spanking also offers advantages in position and spontaneity. Requiring no special equipment or specific positions to lessen the likelihood of an injury, the hand spanking could very well happen at any time, provided the willing participation of a spanker and spankee. The classic over-the-knee works wonderfully with a hand spanking. For the more adventurous, the position possibilities of this type of spanking are limited only by imagination and those silly laws of physics.

There is minimal danger of permanent damage with a hands-only approach. For those non-masochistic spankos among us, it is the ideal spanking; it can provide enough pain to bring about that wonderful adrenaline rush without making it (too) difficult to sit down afterward. For the erotic aspect of discipline roleplay, it can serves as “just enough” of a real situation without dampening the players’ enthusiasm for the fun that might follow afterward.

Pros: lower pain level for the sensitive types, flexibility, easy to do, great for beginners, and fun for all
Cons: tiring for spankers without hand-calluses, difficult to produce very large amounts of pain, sweaty palms

Leather provides a wide range and variety of implements, from soft straps and belts, to stiff, nearly paddle-like toys and crops. Sensual floggers, also leather, can provide a delicious little sting, but aren’t really up to the task of serious bottom-busting play. Regardless of the type of implement, leather can provide both higher levels of pain along and fine control over a wide range of sensations.

Flexible leather, at different weights, can dish out high amounts of punishment with minimal risk of breaking the skin, which of course means that the play can usually last a lot longer.  Straps in a variety of lengths can fully redden a spankee’s bottom and crops can be used on those harder-to-reach-but-super-sensitive areas.

The sheer number of possibilities of leather means that experienced players can experiment with an astounding range of pain, sensation, and titillation. Plus, there’s nothing quite like sliding a belt out of pant loops for roleplay.

Although leather wins the day for sensation, it is a bit more limited in positions. Unless the spanker is extremely talented or has a small enough stiff leather paddle, otk is a no-go. With more flexible, longer implements, a spankee also cannot have his/her legs too far apart and a spanker must control the swings very well to prevent any unpleasant wrap-around (though this is made up for with the creative uses of a well-controlled crop in a spread position). But unlike wood, a flat on the belly position is possible.

Pros: huge range of implements, more control over sensation, suitable for most experience levels
Cons: somewhat limited positions, vegan protest

School-style paddlings are as popular as ever and no proper paddling could do without wood implements. Wood generally delivers a higher-impact punch and has a great intimidation factor that the other implement groups lack. Also, a well-made paddle is a lovely work of art.

You can find paddles in the long, school style form and in shorter, cheek-to-cheek version. Additionally, domestic scenes benefit from the use of wooden spoons and hairbrushes.

You can even find some scary-looking monsters filled with holes, possibly painted in bright, unnerving colors (these ones sting!).

But when it comes down to it, a paddle is a paddle and this group lacks the variety of leather. However, what is lost in sensual control is made up for in pure no-nonsense spanking action. Not surprisingly, the paddle is a favorite for discipline roleplay.

Thin-bladed paddles (usually seen with thicker handles) sting, but are generally light enough to prevent heavy bruising. Thicker paddles, most often possessing a uniform thickness, give a more “thuddy” sensation.

Like the feelings produced with wood, positions are also much more limited, especially with large school-style paddles. Bent over is usually the safest position, which helps avoid errant, eye-smarting blows to the tailbone. The area covered by large paddles is also curtailed and the lower bottom will experience the brunt of the spanking, as will the right side if the spanker is right handed (opposite for leftie spankers).

Since there is greater control with small paddles, more even coverage of the posterior can take place, and a few more positions. And never fear, otk is more than possible with cheek-to-cheek paddles.

Pros: higher impact, intimidation
Cons: limited variety, splinters

As paddles are in the US, canes in the UK are a staple of school-style punishment. And with “six of the best” laid out in neat sequence on a fleshy bottom, it’s easy to understand why. The welts look wicked, but they usually fade quickly, which make canes an ideal choice for those who only want the pain to last as long as the punishment (this isn’t to say that canes can’t leave nasty bruises, though).

The whistling sound a cane makes as it sails though the air toward someone’s posterior is intimidating, to say the least. I personally shake with nerves at the thought of a cane being used on myself.

In my experience, canes can be used first, followed by a variety of implements with the spankee being no worse for the wear. They can also be used on the thighs and the soles of feet. They are lightweight and all share a nearly-identical design, which means that the sensation, though flexible in the parts of the body they can be used on, is fairly static.

Pros: neat-looking welts, intimidation factor
Cons: sensation limitations, chewing gum


As always, play safe! If you’re interested in spanking, but have no experience, hook up with someone who does. You can also find great resources for beginners in your local kink community.

For more on Lila, surf on over to her website, and check her out on RealSpankings and Real Spankings Institute.


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5 thoughts on “Guest Columnist Lila Night: A Spanking Star’s Thoughts on Hand Spankings, Leather, Paddles, and the Cane”

  1. Very nice and informative post. I laughed out loud at the “Cons- sweaty palms” in discussing hand spankings. Noone wants swass. Lol!

  2. Hello Lila

    Glad to have come across this. Helpful content, well written. More more more please!

    All the best, David L

  3. Wooden paddles should never never leave splinters. If you’re getting splinters, you’re likely using pine paddles or something like that. I would be mortified should my paddles leave a splinter.

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