Externally hosted image on flickr
Spanking: Sometimes Nothing Else Will Do The Job. "Motivational poster".

A paddle is a spanking implement that roughly resembles a paddle used for rowing and canoeing, only smaller, flatter, and with a shorter handle. Spanking with a paddle is known as paddling; it is the most common type of corporal punishment in U.S. schools.

It is usually made of a rectangular wooden board with rounded edges and two cutaways to form a handle by which it can be swung. The paddle may be the only spanking implement commonly left on public display, i.e., the emblematic Greek paddles that decorate the walls of most college fraternity and sorority houses.

In French, a paddle is called tapette. In German, there is no traditional word for this spanking implement, but contemporary spankophiles and (web) shops sometimes call it Paddel, which is a literal translation of the English word paddle.

Jokari paddling from amateur video Final Exam.


A leather paddle.

Paddles can also be round, oval, heart-shaped or in the shape of a hand. Some spanking paddles are based on recreational items such as the ping-pong paddle and paddleball design.

The Spencer paddle has holes drilled through the hitting end which increases the force of the impact by reducing its wind resistance.

Variants of non-wood materials include leather and plastic paddles, among others.

There are also spanking paddles without a handle (short boards) to be strapped to the hand (Spanking Buddy).

The Knoppler paddleEdit

A Knoppler paddle, according to Mistress Penny from Strictly Leather, a British BDSM and spanking toy maker, is a short leather implement "that was used to administer punishment in schools and prisons in Germany and nearby countries. Normally 12 to 16 inches (30 to 41 cm) long and approx 5 ″ (13 cm) wide, the slapper end is shapped with a square hitting area. It is usually constructed from leather but wooden versions have also been seen. The use of the knoppler paddle has now spread worldwide and was adopted extensively in North America possibly because of immigration from Europe during the early 1930s."

Independent sources confirming the existence of an implement of this name or design in Germany or other parts of Europe have not yet been found.

Clear Polyurethane PaddlesEdit

With the innovations in modern material science, new, high impact plastics are being used to make spanking paddles that are resilient and artistic. The first purveyor of these paddles was AZLicks, a company created by a Mechanical Engineer with a penchant for art and science.

With the saturation of the spanking implement market, finding original or out-of-the-ordinary Spanking tools had proven difficult. The introduction of highly customizable, clear, plastic implements may prove to be a new niche for the market.

Making a paddleEdit

Several homemade wooden paddles get a workout in "Punished Schoolgirl" (a video by Jameslovebirch).

For safety reasons, all edges of a paddle should be well rounded and the surface should be smooth and without any splinters. There are many companies in the U.S. that sell spanking paddles (see below), however it is not difficult to make a paddle yourself. You can follow e.g. these working steps:

  1. select a wooden board of desired material, quality and thickness
  2. saw the board to the desired width and length
  3. plane the surface, if necessary
  4. draw the handle and saw it out
  5. rasp all edges, rounding them well
  6. rasp the handle so that it feels good in your hand and gives best control
  7. if desired, draw holes, drill and countersink them (important to avoid blisters!)
  8. you may also want to drill a hole in the handle to hang up the paddle later
  9. sand the paddle well on all sides
  10. varnish the paddle on all sides

Paddle letteringsEdit


Externally hosted image on Handprints: Drawings Gallery #62


Externally hosted image on Handprints: Drawings Gallery #135

Sometimes paddles are lettered with a humorous slogan or poem related to spanking. Examples of paddle slogans are:

  • Attitude Adjuster
  • Heat for the Seat
  • Heat to the Seat
  • Apply When Needed
  • Board of Education
  • The Motivator
  • My Special Reminder
  • For the cute little dear with the bare behind (with a picture of a deer and a bear)
  • Don't get BEHIND with homework (photo)
  • S&M Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry (see video at SpankingTube.)

Examples of paddle rhymes are:

  • Never spank a child in the face - Nature provides a better place.
  • For boys who tease and girls who tattle there's nothing more handy than grandma's paddle
  • Dad's Rules: No Fussin', No Fightin', No Cussin', No Bitin', No Spittin', No Trippin' OR YOU'LL GET A WHIPPIN'
  • We show her we love her / We show her we care / When we spank our <NAME> / On her bare

Two examples of longer paddle poems (hosted on Handprints) are here and here. And here is another longer example.

Spanking videos and filmsEdit

See "paddling" page for lists of spanking videos and mainstream films featuring various paddles.


Main article: Spanking product shops


Gallery 2 (video stills)Edit

See alsoEdit


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