A cross between a paddle and a strap. Used originally in Scotland for discipline of school children.



This device, has two or more strips of leather, cut to a specific length, with a handle, which makes it more than a strap.

Straps are generally a length of leather, without a handle.

Usually these are doubled over, and are made from smooth leather, such as a man's belt.

The strap is usually gripped at the buckle end.

The Tawse, on the other hand, has a handle.

Originally, it had a strip of leather, the end cut into two.

These ends were generally about 2 inches in length, creating a finger type end.

It was the ends, which were used to strike the offender.

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