Used by deck officers on Naval, merchant and whaling ships to prod slackers into action as well as discipline them. 13” plus the wrist cord. Thick Malacca haft with base knot and leaded weight opposite. Both terminals with fine sailor knot work covering. The weighted end worn from use. Serving as a weapon as well which could lay a sailor out in self-defense. Many crews comprised, at least in part, sailors impressed into service against their will breading slacking and treachery. The starter was the first line of defense and inspiration to follow orders.