IF we look it up in wikipedia (where else?) that’s what we gonna find:
The nagaika нага́йка, pronounced [nɐˈɡajkə]) is a short, thick whip with round cross-section used by Cossacks, borrowed from Nogai people, hence the original name “nogaika”, or “Nogai’s whip”. It is also called камча, kamcha from the Turkic word “kamci” for “whip”. The latter word is also used for short whips of Central Asian origin.
The nagaika was made out of leather strips by braiding. It was possible to have a piece of metal at the tip of the whip.
The main purpose of a nagaika was to urge a horse. A metal piece was used for defense against wolves. According to Vladimir Dahl’s “Explanatory Dictionary of the Live Great Russian language”, this nagayka was called volkoboy (волкобой, “wolf-slayer”).
In modern times the descriptions of the military use of nagaika tend to be mythologized, and in the past the prime and predominant use was to drive horse. At the same time nagaika was known to be used against unarmed people.
I can only add that there’s more to nagaika than horse riding tool or even improvised self defense weapon. It’s been a symbol of manhood, a gift of honor to a man, a wedding gift (as a sign of household authority in absence of man it was a hanging on a door in a woman’s part of house), and a life long companion to a a cossack warrior!
Nowadays it’s still popular as a traditional part of cossack uniform, self-defense and training weapon!
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Well, you may want to use it for defending yourself of somebody you care for against … say a stray dog or some aggressive unreasonably aggressive human without causing them and you injuries or legal troubles or at list controlling the impact. Wait, I even got a video on this topic, so go ahead and watch THIS VIDEO.
It’s as legal as owning a horse, or a leather belt for that matter. Since it’s actually a bunch of thin leather belts braided into a kind of piece of rope sometimes attached to a wooden handle. How do you regulate that? As far as I know there are no restrictions to owning or carrying one. As for using it … you discretion as a responsible adult (and you legal advisor if you have one) will answer that one best ))
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Once you’ve paid for you purchase, it’ll normally take me 1-2 business days to get the items ready and shipped by Russian International Poast service. Then I will send you the track number you can follow on pochta.ru site. For international shipping one item regular fee is 9.90$. If you need express shipment I can ship it by EMS or DHL and let you pick up their bill whatever it is.
All my whips are made of genuine tough leather and as such they’ve been treated already, with use especially when subject to water they may need some treatment by regular leather treatment products like wax or leather shoe spray.