SensaVox

The ElectraStim SensaVox E-Stim Power Box

Vendor: ElectraStim

It is becoming a bit of a tradition that after each E-Stim Special I am getting inundated with questions about toys I have not reviewed yet. Despite having already reviewed half a dozen different power boxes there are still popular models out there which I have not covered. This review should answer a few of these questions.

Construction

Like most premium e-stim power boxes the SensaVox comes in a sturdy black carrying case. The inside is lined with foam which has cut outs for the power box, a (spare) battery, the audio adapter and space for cables and accessories. If use the SensaVox just with batteries when playing outside your playroom there is enough space for some pad electrodes, conductive loops, e-stim sounds and even a small bi-polar electrode. But when you open the case for the first time, it is packed with stuff: First there are the essential things like the actual power unit, two 2mm right-angle plug to 2mm pin leads, a 9V battery and an adaptable power supply for all four major socket systems (EU, UK, USA and Japan). The explore the audio features it comes with a line-in cable, a 3.5mm female-to-female adaptor for enhancing the line-in’s cable length, a microphone, a CD-ROM with audio files and manuals in multiple languages. Of cause there is printed a full colour manual in English. For a detailed overview of the box’s content read my unboxing.

The ElectraStim SensaVox with all the Standard Accessories

The SensaVox is one of the larger power boxes measuring 145x81x34mm and weighing 245g equipped with a battery and ready for play. The case is made out of a black polymer with now flex so it has a quality feel. The control panel is charcoal coloured with a bit silver dazzle.

In the top left corner there is the power button. In the left corner you find the Boost button which will increase the output power by 25% as long as it is pressed. Between the two buttons is the modify knob which modifies the selected programs. Below the two buttons at the top there is a red LED segment display and a knob below them on each side. They are to control and display the output level of the two channels. If the channel fires a red LED below the know flashes. Just below the middle of the front there are two arrow buttons flanking a blue LED segment display which are for selecting and indicating the program which the two channels will fire.

The SensaVox with all LED Indicators and Display Turned On

The socket for the power supply is located on the left side of the SenvaVox. On top are the 2mm sockets to plug in the leads for the two channels. On the right side are two 3.5mm sockets. The left one is for the line-in, the right one is the microphone input. The back side is covered with a sticker which not only labels the sockets on the side but also provides an overview which program corresponds with the program number. On the bottom of the back there is the battery compartment.

Playing with it

To get the box ready for action, press the power button, wait 2 seconds for the self-test to finish and then you are good to go. For safety reasons connect the leads first with the electrodes and then plug them into the box. The SensaVox will always boot to the first program. Also, regardless of the position of the knobs controlling the channels’ intensity or the modification they are always (re)set to zero when starting the box or changing the channel. When the channels’ intensity is zero, you can twist the knob counter clock-wise without changing the intensity. I would recommend always turning the know to the 6-o’clock position which with all my other power boxes is associated with the zero position. When starting from this position it takes four complete turns from 0 to the max level of 99. So when starting out at the zero position you have some rough idea in the intensity region you are by just feeling the indicator of the knob. When you turn the knob to quickly the box won’t recognize the input so pace yourself a bit. When you want to punish your sub quickly, press the boost button which will increase the output power on both channel by 25% as long as the button is pressed.

Program Number Program Name Sensation Modify Know Effect
P1 Smooth Continuous output with a prickling sensation Changing of the frequency
P2 Caress A synchronous pulse on both channels which sweeps up and down Adjusting the sweep rate cycle between 0.25 and 20 sec
P3 Swinger An asynchronous pulse on both channels which sweeps up and down Adjusting the sweep rate cycle between 0.25 and 20 sec
P4 Burst Burst of selected intensity and then dropping to zero again. The intensity can only be adjusted during the burst Adjusting the burst rate cycle between 0.25 and 10 sec
P5 Alternate Alternating firing of the channels. The intensity can only be adjusted when the channel is active Adjusting of the alteration rate cycle between 0.25 and 10 sec
P6 Stepper A pulse increasing/ decreasing in three steps. While one channel increases the other decreases. Variation of the pulse frequency
P7 Shooter Channels are shooting alternating pulses Number of pulses per burst can be selected between 1 and 72.
P8 Auto Climb Channel 1: Once intensity is selected, the output drops to zero and starts climbing to the selected level, keeps it for 2 sec, drops to zero and start over.

Channel 2: Continuous output.

Climbing rate per intensity level can be adjusted between 0.05 and 5 sec
P9 Climax The pulse during starts out with a high frequency and low intensity and slows down with higher intensity at the end of the cycle. Cycle rate can be adjusted between 5 sec and 6 ½ min
A1 Channel 1 Modulate Channel 1 fires according to the microphone input Increases sensitivity
A2 Channel 2 Modulate Channel 2 fires according to the microphone input Increases sensitivity
A3 Both Channels Modulte Both Channels fire according to the microphone input Increases sensitivity
L1 Channel 1 Modulate Channel 1 fires according to the line-in input Increases sensitivity
L2 Channel 2 Modulate Channel 2 fires according to the line-in input Increases sensitivity
L3 Both Channels Modulte Both Channels fire according to the line-in input Increases sensitivity

Detail of the Sockets for the Two Channels with the Adaptor to use 3.5mm Leads plugged into Channel 2

The SensaVox is one of the more powerful power boxes out there. While using the same electrodes with other power boxes I have to set their intensity to between 30% and 40% of the max output before the stimulation becomes noticeable. With the SensaVox this was the case already at between 10% and 15%. I especially enjoyed playing mind games with the boost button. It is a great basis for barter games: Either press it as long as the sub agrees to something or leave him the choice of increasing the intensity or feeling the boost. The max output compares to most elaborate power boxes but the low threshold allows for a fine adjustment and varied play.

Detail of the Sticker with the Program Names

Having been on the market for almost 10 years the programs and modification possibilities are not as sophisticated as on a way larger and more expensive ET312b. It does also not feature fancy stereo audio processing or remote control over the internet as the E-Stim System 2b. Still I love the SensaVox very much. It has no full text display which requires pressing multiple buttons at the same time to induce different levels of modification. It is easy to use and thus easy to explain to new top. The programs are fun and cover all the desired sensations. Neither I nor my testee panel really felt it was missing a stimulation pattern.

One thing which puzzled all testee panel member and me were the different audio sockets for the microphone and the line-in. Cheekily we plugged the microphone into the line-in socket and vice versa – and didn’t recognize a difference. So if you ever spotted a difference between the two sockets, please send me an e-mail.

Conclusion: Powerful and easy to use power box with many way to modify the stimulation.
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Powerful and finely adjustable Knobs don’t react when turning quickly ElectraStim 389€
Boost button
Diverse programs
Audio Input
Comes with many accessories for audio play

Fist Mitts “San Francisco”

The Meo Padded & Lockable Fist Mitts „San Francisco“

Vendor: Meo

Construction

In order to create a tight and confining bondage experience these mitts have two distinct parts which are covered by one large piece of leather. The upper 2/3 is thickly padded. The padding covers a leather-lined pouch. It is so short and tight that when putting the mitts on the sub is forced to form a fist. The lower 1/3 is a wide cuff which covers the entire wrist. There is a wide strap of Velcro going down all the way to the pouch for opening the cuff wide, allowing for easy entry and tight closing of the cuff. Onto this part a belt is riveted. Between the rivets there are two welded D-rings per mitt. The belt is closed with a roller buckle and can be locked with locking posts. The mitts come with a pair of keyed alike locks.

Detail of the Locking Posts, Roller Buckle and D-Rings

Playing with it

The first thing you notice when you put these mitts on is the tightness. If you don’t form a fist while putting them on the locking belt won’t close. With other restraints people with slim fists can wiggle out despite the belts being tightly closed. But with these mitts the opening of the pouch is so tight that one the fist is locked in place there is no getting out creating an inescapable bondage experience. The tightness comes with a price though: The mitts are one size fits all. If the sub has larger hands (glove size 8 ½ and up) or his hands don’t collapse much he will have really problems getting these mitts on. The hard clinging of the large hands can cause circulation problems over time despite the mitts being quite comfortable.

Detail of the Velcro Cuff Adjustment

Through the forced fist forming and the thick padding these mitts effectively render the sub’s hands useless. He might be able to somehow hold a large, not to heavy object like a gym bottle between his hands so he can take of his hydration on his own. But that is as good as it is going to get. With the hands being rendered useless this just leave the feet and mouth as a means to escape from these mitts. I put one of my testees in them who is a real escape artists but he could not open the restraints so the locking posts are really just a nice psychological touch, adding to the felt bondage experience. Your sub won’t get out of them anyway.

The thick padding – especially at the front – and the loss of the power to grab things made these mitts quite popular with the pet players in my test panel. Like animals most the absence of thumbs force the pet to rely on his handler to grab things. The padding is thickest at the top so the mitts are good for walking on all fours. The leather is a bit stiffer, more dressed and treated than I wanted it to be on high quality bondage gear; I prefer a more natural feel with a rich leather scent. But this sturdier kind of leather treatment is good when playing outside like at street fairs when rough surfaces like tarmac or gravel would damage softer leather.

Conclusion: Very constrictive bondage mitts
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Really and strongly constricting bondage mitts One size fits all might be too small for people with large hands Meo 129€
Thickly padded
Leather quality could be a bit better
Lockable
Disclaimer: This toy was sent to me by Meo for an honest and unbiased review.

 

Bad Dragon Dildos

From left to Right: Terra, Scorn and Nova

Vendor: Bad Dragon

Sometimes a review encourages more reader questions than I hope it would answered. This was the case almost a year ago when I published my review of three Bad Dragon toys. In the first months I was inundated with e-mails, DMs and messages on Recon and PlanetRomeo asking my opinion on different models, colors, etc. So I got in touch with the guys at Bad Dragon and asked if they would be kind enough to supply me with the three most often inquired about dildos in sizes my fist-savvy testee panel would be interested in. A few weeks later a parcel with an XL Nova, an XL Terra and an L Scorn arrived at my place.

Now, a few months later, they have been thoroughly tested. And since the review is so eagerly anticipated by many readers, I find it fitting to be the first one after my little summer break.

Material

In the past two years silicone has become my personal material of choice when it comes to anal toys. Sadly silicone is a bit difficult to handle so not many toy manufacturers use it to make anal toys. Bad Dragon has been making silicon Dildos since 2008 so they really know what they are doing especially when it comes to their elaborate color designs which getting them right is a challenge of its own. If you want to snatch a little bargain and can live with a little flaw, take a look at their “Flop” section where they sell not-perfect toys with a discount.

Every Bad Dragon anal toy is made out of Platinum silicone. It is called this way because platinum is the catalyst used in making the silicone. Unlike other catalysts like tin, platinum makes the silicone withstand acid and heat.

Detail of the Color Options and Effects of Bad Dragon Toys

Silicone is an awesome material for anal toys. Its surface is perfectly smooth which makes taking the toy a bit easier than “rougher” materials. Even more important is the big advantage when it comes to cleaning. Since the silicone is non-porous on a microscopic level bacteria have a hard time to establish themselves. Being resistant to almost everything and heat Bad Dragon toys are best cleaned in hot water with dish-soap or vinegar-based cleaner and then sprayed with a sanitizer. If you want to be completely sure, you can even autoclave them. Since you really and thoroughly can get them clean and sterile they are perfect to be used on multiple partners without having to fear disease transmission – if cleaned properly between usages.

The smoothness comes with a bit of a price though: Especially highly viscose lubes tend run down so I would recommend slicker lubes like Elbow Grease H2O Thick Gel. Since the silicone oil in silicone or hybrid lubes will disintegrate the silicone of the toy, only use water or oil based lube with Bad Dragon toys!

Depending on your personal taste and experience choosing the right firmness is important. Platinum silicone will never be as firm as rubber or vinyl can be. So if you like to torment your ass with brutally forcing toys in (not that I would recommend this kind of play for health and safety reasons…) silicone toys might not be for you. For all the other people Bad Dragon offers three degrees of firmness: Soft, medium and firm, though their XL toys only come in soft and medium (which personally I find a bit of a shame). When ordering for the first time, I recommend ordering their firmness sample package in advance so you get a rough idea how the toy will feel. Though when choosing the firmness, keep in mind: The larger/ ticker a toy, the firmer it will feel. Also: The softer a toys, the easier it will collapse when riding it. I highly recommend the split firmness with a hard base. It gives the toy a firmer stand and makes it easier to grip so it improves the play alone and when a top shoves it up your ass.

A less practical but more aesthetical decision is choosing the right color of the toy. Silicone has the advantage of being easily colorized and usually doesn’t discolor over time. So Bad Dragon – in a time where most anal toys where solid black, red or blue – took toy coloring to an entire new level. Their new website features a configuration tool which lets you play around with almost infinite color and effect combinations. Furthermore each month and for special events like Pride or Halloween they introduce unique color patters which are available for a limited time. To stay informed follow their Twitter feed or subscribe to their newsletter.

Detail of Nova’s Suction Cup

Choosing the right Bad Dragon

Bad Dragon is famous for getting the inspiration for their toys from fantasy creatures, mostly dragons but also werewolves or chimeras for example. So they offer vide variety of shapes, textures, length and diameters (currently 61 different models).

When deciding which dildo to get keeping in mind which diameter you can currently take is a good starting point. Since the designs are proportionally scaled up from S to XL, you have to be also depth experienced to take the full maximum diameter which usually sits right above the base in form of a knot.  When browsing through the different models keep in mind: The softer the material the easier it will be to take (see above). The more textured, the harder it will be to take (see below). But the texture is also the fun part: The sphincter is an area with a high concentration of nerve endings so the texture (more or less) gently teases them, making textured toys more interesting. The heavier the texture, the quicker the ass will be worn out so save heav

ily textured toys for the end of the scene. Putting them at the end has the advantage of the sphincter (hopefully) being relaxed and loose. Riding heavily textured toys too vigorously with a tight sphincter can lead to injuries!

Each dildo can be outfitted with two special features: The suction cup and the cum tube. Unlike suction cups on other toys where a separate cup is attached to the base of the toy, Bad Dragon’s suction cup is integrated into the toy’s base. This not only looks nicer but increases the size of the cup and thus the suction. Also the cup won’t come off when often and heavily used, like I had with other dildos. The suction is so strong that even the large and heavy toys stick to dry, smooth perpendicular surfaces and still stick when being ridden vigorously.

Detail of the Texture of the Nova

The cum tube is a tube in the middle of the toy attached to a syringe through which water-based (cum) lube (like the one from Bad Dragon) can be shot, simulation an ejaculation. Since the last review the spilt opinion of my testee panel has not changed: Some loved the feeling of a liquid splashing inside their colon. For some testees and me, it didn’t do much. And since the cum tube makes the toys more difficult to clean, I went without the cum tube.

Playing with the Toys

Terra the Amazon Wyvern XL Soft Shaft

When wanting to venture into the realm of more textured toys, the Terra is probably a good starting point. With the gently tapered glans the Terra is quite easy to take. Two gently risen scales allow for some sphincter stimulation until the diameter increases for the knot. The ridge at the back of the knot is a bit rugged but not too extreme. Since there is only one textures area at a specific height level (either both sides or the back) slow teasing play is interesting with this dildo because different areas of the sphincter get stimulated at different depth levels.

Detail of the Nova’s Texture

Nova the Breeder XL Medium Shaft

I would consider the Nova a toy for the more experienced ass players. The glans is a bit duller than the Terra’s and its rim is equipped with dull bumps so it is a bit more of a challenge. The shaft is textured with three deep ridges with a steep slope at the rim. They make the Nova an equally interesting and challenging toy for fucking: Taking it is somewhat easy because the ridges gently open the hole up. The steep slopes however really challenge the sphincter when pulling the Nova out. Running down from below the glans’ frenulum all down to the base is a ribbon is rather highly raised bumps. Three testees of mine had the perfect anatomy for these bumps running over their prostate, driving them insane when getting fucked with the toy.

Scorn the Wyvern L Firm Shaft

Detail of the Scorn’s Texture

The Scorn is unlike the two previous toys. The most noticeable difference is that the base is perpendicular to the head. Also, the dildos is short and thick. The glans takes up approximately a quarter of the entire length and steeply increases in diameter. Below the glans the diameter increase again quickly making this a toy for more experienced power player. Adding to this categorization is the texturing: From the frenulum down to the base run deep ridges, the rest of the shaft is textured with veins and bumps. Since the toy is curved almost a quarter of a circle, taking it takes some navigation and practice even for depth experienced fistees. Because the L is already rather large and you can get it in the firmest silicone, this toy will produce the most “stuffed” feeling and the texture is felt the most intense of all the Bad Dragon toys I own.

ToyTorture’s Wishlist #3: HML Leather Straitjacket

The HML Fetish Leather Straitjacket

Straitjackets were among the first professional bondage tools  which made the step from pervertable into a pure kink item. In his first catalogue from 1977 Maurice Addison (founder of Fetters) already sold a leather straitjacket. While medical straitjackets out of canvas like Posey (or the Max Cita models which are actually made for BDSM) are favored by some for their authenticity and through the flexibility of the canvas even tighter bondage experience, the leather straitjacket remains a classic and desiderate for many bondage enthusiasts.

Detail of the Quilted Elbow Padding

The reason for that is manifold. First there is the material. For many people through restraints and hoods leather is connected to BDSM. The smell and sensation of the material touching the skin is enough to get a fetishist aroused. Additionally the sheer weight of a leather lined jacket with straps and solid D-rings adds another level to the bondage sensation. Being made for play, leather straitjackets can have features like nipple flaps, cockrings, plug harnesses or D-rings for attaching the sub to bondage furniture. Last but not least straitjackets are some of the most complex pieces of leather bondage to manufacture. Functional and aesthetical finesses like padding or quilting increase the amount of work that goes into every single piece making them almost a piece of art but definetly a piece of craftsmanship.

Detail of the Straps to Tighten and Adjust the Straitjacket

For that reason straitjackets next to sleepsacks tend to be the single most expensive piece of bondage gear most people ever buy. There are cheap alternatives out there – mostly from Asian manufacturers – but I would not recommend them. Most of them are made out of thin and stiff leather, likely contaminated with Chrome-6, are equipped with un-welded D-rings and have only few straps, they don’t really deliver on the promise the words “leather straitjacket” invokes.

With an only just three figure price point the HML Fetish leather straitjacket combines all the aspects of a serious leather straitjacket without breaking the bank (too much). It is made out of high quality, thick yet soft nappa leather which will hug the sub’s body once the straps are tightened. With quilted elbow padding and tit flaps it comes two things as standard which with other straitjackets are an extra.

Detail of the closed Tit Flaps

The downside of this straitjacket is the lack of any D-rings but the one above the crotch. So you are a bit limited when wanting to quickly attach the sub to bondage furniture. But knowing the guys at HML Fetish if you ask them they will put D-rings wherever you want them or alter this piece of bondage equipment to your personal preferences.

The HML Fetish leather straitjacket comes in sizes from S to XXL, is handmade in Germany and regardless of the size costs 995€.

ToyTorture’s Wishlist #2: Steelwerks‘ „The Vault“ Chastity Cage

The Creature Cage, one of Steelwerks more Extravagant Designs

As often I endorse “big” kink companies’ products because they are the major sources for high quality gear as much love I have for small, creative and innovative companies. These companies venture off the path of mainstream kink to supply a small niche group with gear tailored to their demands. By doing so unique designs who intrigue me get created. And if they are skillfully created, I am sold. The products of Steelwerks are a good example for this.

The Torture Puzzle, a True Extreme CBT Device

I have often said that I am not into chastity for two reasons: First I like to jerk off and only few tops trigger in me enough submission for the desire to arouse to surrender my libido to them. Second my soft dick is too large to fit comfortably into the common chastity devices like a Bird Locked, Holy Trainer or CB6000 (yes, I have tried all of them). The Bon4 Steel I reviewed a few years ago was ok for the week I wore it but I could not have worn it longer. So if I ever would embark on the journey of long term chastity it would have to be a custom device. I have tried friends’ Carrara or Latowski belts which though not made for me were too bulky and stiff to fit my professional life which leave traditional cages for me. And this is where Steelwerks come into play.

The Schandmaske out of Polished, Anodized Titanium

Just looking at their designs and savoire faire is stunning. It is the perfect fusion of handmade craftsmanship and state of the art technology. Especially the later enables them to handle materials not used by other chastity cage makes like titanium, on request even polished or anodized (as a trained jeweler I know that such surface treatments are not trivial to achieve when they should be flawless). Browsing through their gallery is like looking strolling through an industrial design exhibition: The products range from somewhere between contemporary industrial and experimental art over hardcore CBT which makes me cringe just looking at them to strikingly minimalistic piercing accessories (which still take away your ability to jerk off).

The Vault Chastity Cage with all the Accessories Supplied with it

As mesmerizing their more exotic designs are, I am a form follows function guy. So if I had to choose one of their cages it would be the Vault. The sleek tube design looks bland compared to others – the Creature for example. But it promises to combine comfort, security and daily usability. Furthermore It comes with many accessories like a PA lock (planning for the future), different urethral tubes which should take care of the piss problem almost all PAs have or a scrotal security ring for my beloved ball stretching and CBT.

A useful accessory I would recommend with every order is their S-Key Key ring. As hot as the idea of being locked without any chance of escape is to most chastity subs sadly reality can unexpectedly and unpleasantly shatter the hotness of the headspace and the cage has to come off. With more common cages which are locked with a small padlack this is just a bold cutter away. With the Steelwerks design this does not work. So carrying around a key which is secured by an individually numbered seal is the way I would go while the original key is well secured under the watch of the key holder.

Since every Steelwerks chastity cage is an individual bespoke piece they have no price list. Just contact them for a quote. I know that they are well stocked with orders so if you want yours by Christmas it is wise to get in touch with them sooner than later.

Unboxing the E-Stim Systems Pebble

When it comes to e-stim the most reader questions are actually about power boxes. There are so many different ones out there it is hard to figure out which it the right one for you. So ever since E-Stim Systems launched their new mid-range Pebble a stream of questions about it kept coming in. E-Stim Systems was kind enough to send me one of their new power boxes and I will review it later this year.

The Carrying Case of the E-Stim Systems Pebble

First let me show you what is stored inside the nifty black carrying case it comes in.

The E-Stim Systems Pebble

The most important part is the power box itself. It measures roughly 116x77x38mm and has convex sides so it fits and rests well inside a hand. The controls are symmetrically laid out: On top there are three rotary controls. The left and right for intensity of the corresponding channel and the one in the middle to modify the sensation of the selected program. Below them are two soft touch buttons to shift through the 9 programs. Next to them on the right is a list of the 9 possible channels with a blue LED next to it which is on when the channel is selected.

The Battery every Pebble comes with

The Pebble can only be powered by battery and is comes with a Duracel Industrial 9V battery which is actually my choice of batteries to power my e-stim boxes.

Two 3.5mm Jack to 2mm Pin Plug Leads

Since the Pebble is a dual channel box it comes with two 150cm long 3.5mm jack to 2mm pin plug leads. Two 2mm pin plug leads make sense because the Pebble comes with…

With the 4 Pad Electrodes you can have Fun right out of the Box

… 4 pad electrodes to have fun right out of the box. However since most of E-Stim Systems accessories’ sockets are for 4mm banana plugs I would have wished for at least one of those leads.

The Pebble Comes with a Nifty Quick Start Guide and Information on the Lifetime Guarentee

To get you started right out of the box, the Pebble comes with a handy Quick Guide. It is also useful when you hand the box to a top who doesn’t know the box yet. Though he then has to try the different programs through trial and error…
There is also a post card informing you about the life time guarantee which E-Stim Systems provides all his power boxes with.

The Pebble’s Manual

Last but not least there is the informative manual.

The E-Stim Systems Pebble with the Entire Box Content

The Pebble has been sparked so much interest I was barely able to give it a short test run on myself until one member of my testee panel “demanded” it for a thorough test drive. He is in the market for a power box and wants to get an educated opinion.

ToyTorture’s Wishlist #1: Rope from Twisted Monk

After the ToyTorture’s Top 10 Toys miniseries a common topic in reader questions were: Don’t you have all the toys you want? And what would be the toys you would like to have? And while yes, I do have a lot of toys and the list of toys I would like to add to my collection and play repertoire is getting shorter, there are still some I really would like to own. This new mini series is really going to be mini (because it will end with my summer vacation next week) and not going to be exhausting, it will give you some ideas I feel my playroom is missing until I can call it complete.

One of the things most people find surprising when they enter my playroom is the fact that there is not a single piece of rope there. I have gotten shoe laces for CBT, tension belt, Velcro straps, belts,  carabineers  and many other bondage hardware to create elaborate bondage setups out of the plethora of leather restraints at hand. But not a single length of rope. That has two reasons: I am quite clumsy and quite impatient. So I am lacking the kind of skills and time required to put a person in a similar bondage I could do with three restraints and some clips. This is me talking as a kinky sub who sometimes top.

But as a toy tester I know that rope is one of the most essential, most accessible and most affordable kind of toy out there; many kinkster start out their journey into BDSM with it. Because of that I once wrote an article about rope. Yet still I get many messages each month asking which rope to buy and where to buy it. Most kink store sell un-branded rope so it is hard to make a suggestion. An exception to this rule is rope by Twisted Monk which is special for many reasons. Founded almost 15 years ago he made it his mission to provide the scene with quality rope out of established and sometimes exotic materials (as an e-stim enthusiast I really want to try his conductive rope!) in almost all colors of the most common hankies. With small but important and useful extras like very thorough whipping at the end or middle marks you can tell the ropes are made by an experienced and enthusiastic player himself. Rope bondage institutions like Midori or Shay and Stefano trust Twisted Monk products for their classes which tells its own story about the quality.

Though many things speak for rope from Twisted Monk I sadly had not had the chance to play with it myself. A couple of months ago Regulation added them to their store which should improve purchaseability in Europe. Getting rope from Twisted Monk would be one of the many instance where getting a toy for reviewing challenges me as a kinkster to explore new forms of play and finally put the my books on rope bondage to good use.

You can buy various kits, single length and accessories directly from Twisted Monk but Regulation and Mr S carry a small selection of kits too.

Dr. Sado Silicone Sounds

The Dr. Sado Silicone Sounds

Vendor: Meo

Construction

The sounds are made out of black high quality silicone. They are very flexible, quite soft and have a smooth surface without a seam you sometimes see on silicone anal toys for example. Their front is a bit tapered for easy insertion. At the end there is a cube shaped appendix which keep the sound from slipping in all the way and make controlling the toy a little bit more easy even with lubey fingers. The total lengths of the sounds are 350mm and are available in diameters from 3.5mm to 11.5mm. The larger the diameter the larger the cube at the end so the insertable length decreases a bit with raising diameter.

The Dr. Sado Silicone Sounds are so flexible you can tie various knots into them

Playing with Dr. Sado Silicone Sounds

These sounds are perfect for intense sounding scenes. The length in combination with slightly squishy material allows playing with parts of the urethra a metal sound could never reach. The friction and stretching sensation deeper inside than any metal sound can reach alone is interesting enough for experienced sounders. Since the silicone sounds are a little bit more ridged and through the cube at the end more easily controllable than a catheter tube they are good toys to prepare a novice for this kind of play. Once deep inside the sounds are long and flexible enough to play with the bladder’s sphincter and once penetrated with the inner side of the prostate. Since a sterile environment is paramount when fisting (see last paragraph) I would not recommend stimulating the prostate on both sides with a sound and a finger up the ass at the same time. Despite being made out of super smooth silicone the surface is still a bit “dull” and will never be as smooth as metal so I recommend using more lube than usually.

Detail of the Sounds‘ Tapered End for Easy Insertion

For choosing the right sound size two things should be considered: A too thin sound will be “spikey” and a little bit more difficult to insert; a too thick one won’t fit because the urethra has not been pre-stretched far enough. I have gotten three sounds with the diameter of 4.5mm, 5.5mm and 7.5mm which cover the most common diameters for sounding.

I would not recommend these sounds for beginners, especially when sounding on your one instead of getting sounded. When having lubey fingers through their length they are a bit hard to handle at times. Since they are light and a bit soft they have to be pushed in actively, requiring the sub to know the difference between a “good” and a “bad” stretching pain. For beginners I recommend stainless steel sounds. Simply put them into the tip of the dick until the first sphincter and let the weight of the sound do the work of gradually sinking in.

Detail of the Cube Shaped Appendix which prevents the Sounds from Disappearing into the Dick

One of the most important things when it comes to sounding is sterilization. Failing to play with sterile toys and lube and in an unclean environment can lead to nasty infections! Since these sounds are made out of silicone flaming them is not an option. To be absolutely after using them, wash them carefully with dish soap and then put them into boiling water for 10 minutes. Store them carefully apart from each other and not touching other toys in a clean environment to prevent plasticizers from harming the silicone. Right before I recommend cleaning them again. Silicone attracts dust as almost nothing else and dust doesn’t belong in a urethra! After washing them just with water and drying them, they should be sprayed with a skin-friendly sanitizer and wipe it off afterwards using a paper towel. For inserting them into a urethra use sterile lube. Friends of mine have been very satisfied with Meo’s VERYDEEP sterile lube. However since I am overly cautious, I do not trust sterile lube once opened, so for every scene I use a new sachet of sterile lube you can buy in pharmacies. I would only recommend using water-based lube and thus relube regularly during a long scene. Silicone lube will break down the material of the silicone sounds. Furthermore the ingredients of medical water-based lube are designed to be absorbed and processed by the human body so after some time there will be no lube left in the urethra unlike silicone lube which can linger than until everything has been pissed out.

Conclusion: Long and flexible sounds for intense play of sounding pros.
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Very long and flexible to stimulate parts inside the penis a metal sound could never reach Difficult to control when lubed up despite the cube appendix Meo  36€ – 49€
Appendix which keeps sound from sliding into the dick completely
Silicone attracts dust easily so more scene preparation required than with metal sounds
 Disclaimer: This toy was sent to me by Uberkinky for an honest and unbiased review.

 

ElectraStim SensaVox Unboxing

The carrying case in which the ElectaStim SensaVox comes.

After three E-Stim Specials there stream of questions which box is good doesn’t stop. So one box after another I am trying to still your thirst of opinion on the basis of every good e-stim scene. As a nice surprise after a very stressful week at work I got the ElectraStim SensaVox in the mail yesterday.

The interior of the ElectraStim SensaVox carrying case.

It is their top of the line power box. So let’s see what can be found in the black, foam padded plastic case which has a little storage compartment for leads and toys, a battery and the jacket-adapter.

The ElectraStim SensaVox E-Stim Power Box

The SensaVox itself measures 143x78x33mm and weights 200g without a battery. On the top left there is the power soft-touch button, in the middle the rotary control to modify the programs and on the top right the boost button. Below them symmetrically laid out are the rotary controls for the two channels and the display for the intensity setting. Right in the middle of the box the are the two soft-touch buttons for the program selection and the display for the current program is between them.

The ElectraStim SensaVox’s Power Supply with the Adapters for different Socket Systems

The box can either be plugged into the socket. It comes with a power unit with adapters for the four major socket layouts.

The Battery which comes with the ElectraStim SensaVox

If you want to be mobile like on parties, it can also run on battery. So when buy on the run to a play party you can have fun out of the box.

Two 2mm jack to 2mm pin leads

Since it is a dual channel box it comes with two 120cm long 2mm plug to 2mm pin leads.

The Line-In Cable

To fully take advantage of the audio features of the SensaVox it comes with 205cm long 3.5mm jack line-in audio cable with gold plated jacks to connect your MP3 player with the box…

The 3.5mm Female-To-Female Adapter for Enhancing the Line-In Cable’s Length

a 3.5mm female to female adapter if you have you want to use the output of your stereo system and need to enhance the line-in cable length…

The Microphone which can be plugged into the 3.5mm Audio Socket

and finally a microphone to catch the sub’s or surrounding’s noises.

The CD-ROM with E-Stim Audio Tracks and Manuals in multiple Languages

For a first glimpse into the potential of box’s audio features there is a CD-ROM with a few audio tracks to be input into the box. It also contains the manual in French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.

The SensaVox’s Printed Manual

The printed manual only comes in English and is full color. After a short into of how the box works, there are in-depth descriptions of every program and the way they can be modified. If you don’t have the manual with you and are in doubt there is a stick on the back of the box with a program list and a guide for which cable the different sockets around the box are.

The ElectraStim SensaVox with all the Standard Accessories

I can’t wait to spend some quality time with the SensaVox. With extensive audio features and 9 programs it promises to be great fun.

ToyTortures Top 10 Toys: HML Fetish Bondage Harness

The HML Bondage Harness

A couple of decades when most people were into BDSM, they were into all three pair of the acronym: Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission and Sadism & Masochism. People like me who just enjoy play (back than called “work”) without any aspect of being disciplined or submissive were the minority. This strict hierarchic attitude also reflected in the gear worn: One had to graduate from brown to black leather. Also there were different models for masters and slaves, the latter being equipped with anchor points for bondage. Especially in the last couple of years harnesses – especially chest harnesses – became a kinky fashion accessory (which despite not having the torso for it am also guilty of doing). I am definitely not a slave but I was always intrigued by the functionality of a slave harness.

So I got really excited when strolling through HML Fetish’s small yet exquisite store in Bremen I stumbled over a harness with D-rings. It follows the design of a traditional “slave” harness with jockstrap like straps around the ass and over the crack so the slave can only wear the harness and still be somewhat clad in leather. But what is more important for me are the D-rings: With one each on the shoulder and on the side on the level of the chest and the thigh the harness is an effective tool to bound a sub to a bed or just attach restraints when standing or walking in a bar. The many different fettering possibilities inspired me to combine a bunch of other restraints into a straitjacket-like bondage setup.

Detail of the Roller Buckle with the D-Ring

The HML Fetish Bondage Harness costs 295€ and comes in sizes from skinny to extra beefy. To learn all about this special piece of bondage gear, read my in-depth review here. If you want to do the all leather look as a slave/sub take a look at HML Fetish’s leather chastity harness.

Episode 1: Mr S Bishop Head Harness

Episode 2: ErosTek ET232

Episode 3: E-Stim System Electrodes

Episode 4: DeTails Flogger Set

Episode 5: Fetters Handlock

Episode 6: Sheets of San Francisco

Episode 7: Oxballs Ball Stretcher

Episode 8: Doxy Die Cast

Episode 9: Mr S Ultra Blindfold