Here are relevant references from the Books where the slave whip is mentioned.
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"I have a knife!" cried out Aphris.
"Obviously," said Kamchak. He then got up and walked rather heavily over to one wall of the wagon and took a slave whip from the wall.
He faced Aphris of Turia.
"Sleen!" she wept. She threw back her hand with the knife to rush forward and thrust it into the heart of Kamchak but the coil of the whip lashed forth and I saw its stinging tip wrap four times about the wrist and forearm of the Turian girl who cried out in sudden pain and Kamchak had stepped to the side and with a motion of his hand had thrown her off balance and then by the whip dragged her rudely over the rug to his feet. There he stepped on her wrist and removed the knife from her open hand. He thrust it in his belt.
He came about, and stood before me. I watched him unclip the blades of the slave whip.
I regarded this action with much uneasiness.
He lifted the whip before me, the blades dangling. "What is this?" he asked.
"A whip, a whip!" I said.
"What sort of whip?" he asked.
"A slave whip!" I wept.
"And what is it for?" he asked.
"The whipping of slaves," I said.