Canes used for discipline purposes come in different sizes, lengths and weights.
junior canes (light canes) Nursery canes these are normally about 8mm in diameter and 60cm long. These were used for the younger children hence the name junior. The nursery cane was used for pre school age children.
The senior cane .. A heavier type of cane 10 mm diameter 75-80 cm long
The Reformatory cane …. This is also had the nick name the Boarstal cane named after the Boarstal reformatory. This cane was 12 mm diameter and 90-100 cm long it was often used in severe cases and reserved for the older inmates.
The Singapore cane 13-15 mm in diameter and 1.2 m long This cane is used in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei for the judicial and prison punishment of adult criminals. It can cause deep wounds and permanent scaring.
Junior kaboo cane This is 6-8mm in diameter 75-85 cm long. This type of cane is quiet flexible therefore it is fairly stingy . It may not be as severe as a junior Dragon cane but it will whip down and sting.
Senior kaboo cane This is 8-10mm diameter 80-90cm long .They are quite thuddy without being as severe as the dragon canes. .
Junior dragon cane This is 6-8mm diameter 80-95cm long and are very stingy.
Senior dragon cane This is 10-12mm diameter 90-110cm long.. The density & thickness of these canes results in a very intense sensation, leaving clearly defined marks.
Effects of canning
Caning with a heavy judicial rattan of the Singapore/Malaysia kind can leave scars for years, where a large number of strokes are inflicted. However, this should not be confused with an ordinary caning with a typical light rattan (as formerly in English schools), which, although very painful at the time, would not leave lasting scars.
Caring for your cane )
Remember Your cane is a natural product. It can rot and warp if not stored in the correct manner. To keep your cane in tip top condition always store the cane in a tube or in a vertical position.
You can soaks canes in linseed oil. then they will whip down on any bottom with ease.
For a stinger cane attach a funnel to the end of the cane and allow Linseed Oil to soak down the cane over a period of a week or two. This will make the cane ultra flexible. a Koboo cane is in effect a honeycomb of tubes that run the length of the cane.
To make a cane extra heavy soak the cane overnight in a bath of water. This will increase it’s weight 2 fold and make a bigger impression.
Using a cane
If new to using a cane then practice first on a cushion .That way you will know how far the cane flexes. As a rule the end of the cane should directly hit the cheek furthest away and not curl around the thighs.
Do not hit the lower back or kidney area, doing so WILL cause serious injury.