Cat o'nine tails

A cat o'nine tails is a specific type of flogger consisting of a handle, often made of wood and wrapped with cloth, with nine lashes affixed to it.

The lashes are usually made of rope or of leather cords, and are braided or knotted. Generally more painful than many other types of flogger. The cat o' nine tails was commonly used aboard British Navy sailing ships beginning in the 17th century. Commentary: The original cat o' nine tails was made by unbraiding a section of the rope used aboard British sailing ships. Each rope was made of three sections twisted together, each section of which consisted of three cords twisted together, so the rope when untwisted had nine tails.

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