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The Scourge consists of a handle (in our case, made of bamboo) and several straps or cords that are used for scourging. The Scourge may otherwise have at the ends of nodes or weights of metal, which are usually provided with barbs, so that they will hurt badly the skin of the Scourged. But our version is quite harmless.
The typical scourge has several thongs fastened to a handle; cat o' nine tails: naval thick-rope knotted-end scourge, the army and civil prison versions usually are leather. The scourge, or flail, and the crook are the two symbols of power and domination depicted in the hands of Osiris in Egyptian monuments. They are the unchanging form of the instrument throughout the ages, though the flail depicted in Egyptian mythology was an agricultural instrument used to thresh wheat, not implement corporal punishment. The priests of Cybele scourged themselves and others. Such stripes were considered sacred. Source: Wikipedia
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.