As was pointed out by a couple of commenters, a wooden hairbrush is a good (and classic) spanking instrument. I have used a few hairbrushes on Evan's bottom in my time, and I like them almost as much as my spanking paddles. I like my spanking paddles slightly more, however. First, my paddles are heavier: very thick, solid wood. While I am sure one can find a heavy wooden hairbrush somewhere, many that are available in drugstores are not very heavy. It can be a lot of work to spank hard using a lightweight hairbrush, even if it's made of wood. I know when Evan feels his spankings (he squirms and complains a lot), and in order to make him really feel it, I have to work hard with a light hairbrush. My paddles have a stronger impact with less effort on my part. Second, I really like my hairbrushes for their intended purpose. I have actually broken a light weight hairbrush on Evan's behind, and I don't want to do that again. I will never break my paddles on Evan's behind: they are much too sturdy.
One advantage of a hairbrush that some of you have pointed out is that you can leave hairbrushes out in plain sight, and no one will know how you use them. Although this is true, I am more open than that: I like it when people see my paddle in my purse, and then they think about what it's for. That embarrasses Evan, which I enjoy. I am not embarrassed at all by the fact that I spank him.
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I will write more soon. I will leave you with a few additional stills from a second otk spanking that we filmed. The first picture shows Evan over my lap about to receive the first spank. I like his toes to be pointed away, so that the top of his feet are relaxed on the floor when we start. This way his legs are relaxed and his bottom is not clenched when I smack it. I prefer the sound and feel of a good spank on his relaxed bottom: the sound is not as satisfying (more of a thud, perhaps not as loud?) when he is clenching his muscles. I have him keep the position with his toes pointed away as well as he can throughout the spanking. If he moves away from it, then we start over (and over), until he can maintain it for a long-ish continuous spanking (of 40 or 50 hard spanks).
The second picture is just the third spank in this spanking, and already he has broken his position. This just means a longer spanking for him.
And on the fifth and sixth spanks, he just squirms more. He complains that I spank very hard, but of course that's the point. His bottom was bright red at the end of this one. I will show you evidence of that later.