Tantus Hank

Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Em over at SexToys.co.uk, I managed to snag myself a lovely new Tantus toy to play with this weekend, none other than the Hank dildo. If you’re not already a member of the Vibe forum then it’s definitely worth going and signing up, as they’re currently giving away some great toys to lucky members, but you need to be quick as the demand is high. Anyway, I couldn’t let a free toy go by without writing a review, so check it out after the jump!

The Hank is a rather modestly sized dildo; next to some of my other Tantus toys such as the Goliath and the Max O2 it looks positively tiny, but the old adage about good things coming in small packages is certainly applicable in this case. Outside of the world of pornography and oversized sex toys it would be wrong to really label the Hank as “small”, as statistically it does come in at the size of an average penis, so as such it’s  well suited to someone seeking realism in a toy.

The Hank measures in at 6 1/2″ in length, with 5 1/2″ of that being insertable. In terms of girth it has a circumference of 4 1/2″ around the shaft, which increases slightly to 4 7/8″ at the head, giving an average diameter of 1 1/2″ throughout. It’s definitely not the sort of toy you need to worry about being intimidated by, especially if you’re considering it as a beginner, as it’s a pretty comfortable size.
The dildo is made from the same high-quality premium platinum silicone that Tantus use in all of their toys, which is completely odourless. It’s without a doubt one of my favourite materials, and it has a nice degree of flexibility in it, as well is some give in the surface, allowing you to bend it about and squeeze it with relative ease. The finish on the Hank is very similar to that of the O2 range, with a smooth shiny surface for the head of the dildo, while the remainder is matte and velvety-soft to the touch.
The Hank is a realistic dildo – in shape at least, if not in colour tone. Like other realistic Tantus dildos it comes in a pale “cream” hue, which really is cream and not just another way for saying flesh-tone, but I rather like it. The head of the dildo isn’t too large, and aside from the coronal ridge on the front it’s quite streamlined with the shaft. The head is probably the least detailed area of the dildo; aside from a groove to mark the meatus it’s kept fairly simple, and on the underside the head blends seamlessly into the shaft without any sign of a frenulum. The shaft of the dildo features a lot of veining running vertically along the surface, and while the veins are reasonably pronounced they’re also quite rounded and feel very soft to the touch, unlike in the Goliath. The whole shaft feels quite uniform in shape, with a circular cross-section as opposed to an ovoid one, which is a little more regular than you would except in an actual penis, where typically it’s thicker along one axis than the other. The shaft has an upward curve, though not an extreme one. It looks slightly more curved than it is, as the bottom of the shaft isn’t completely perpendicular with the base, but in reality it’s quite subtle. The base of the Hank is comprised of a pair of testicles at the front, as well as a wedge-shaped lip to the rear which helps to give the dildo its stability, and balances the unusual centre of gravity produced by the curve. The base enables the dildo to be stood up either during or in between use, it’s also wide enough to make the dildo safe for anal play, and finally there’s just the right amount of material to make a comfortable handle to grip onto during thrusting. Unlike in the Max the balls are tucked up quite close to the base of the shaft, which is a design element that I prefer over the more droopy appearance. If you look closely at the balls they are a little odd in a couple of regards. Firstly they’re disproportionately small compared to the size of the rest of the dildo, and they also have a rather knobbly and angular shape. The other thing to note is that the surface of the balls is quite pitted and textured, presumably to give the realistic appearance of a wrinkled scrotum, but it looks more like cottage cheese than anything. While it is something to comment on, really unless you’re planning on entering your dildo in a beauty contest then it’s not an issue, and they perform their function perfectly adequately. I’m not going to hold a pair of ugly balls against the Hank, when admittedly testicles aren’t perhaps the most attractive thing at the best of times.

When it comes to using the Hank the dildo is nice and easy to insert, and the shiny head helps it to glide inside the body with very little resistance. As the head isn’t too bulbous and has a slight taper to it it’s great for anal use, especially for beginners who would want to avoid anything larger than this. The streamlined head does mean that you don’t get that “pop” that’s often associated with using a toy anally, but slight flare of the corona is enough that you can feel a little bump as the muscle passes over it. Once inside the toy does feel incredibly comfortable, and you can squeeze against it as hard as you like with your muscles, and the soft material will cushion and absorb the pressure. You also get the sense that the material is flexible enough to conform to the shape of your body, and not the other way around. As you go deeper with the toy you’ll encounter the matte surface of the shaft, which has a little more drag to it than with the shiny head, but which holds lube very well. This difference is noticeable when thrusting with the toy, especially if you typically only use shiny-surfaced dildos, but personally I didn’t find it that significant; the Hank still glided smoothly and felt pleasant. The veins running along the shaft aren’t something that you can really feel during use, at least they’re not something that you can feel specifically. It’s possible that the texture of them, along with the matte finish, combines to produce that slight feeling of drag, but I think they’re mostly aesthetic. As you play with the dildo for longer you’ll notice how pleasantly warm it begins to feel as it absorbs your body heat, which helps it to feel more realistic. One thing I was sceptical about was whether or not the slight curve in the shaft would be enough to stimulate the prostate at all, and I’m pleased to say that it does. It’s not the most intense stimulation, but provided you angle the curve the right way when inserting the dildo, you can feel the head of it glancing against the prostate with every thrust, which actually feels quite nice. This feature helps to compensate for the fact that the dildo isn’t that thick. Typically I prefer something that feels a little more filling inside and stretches the muscles a bit on the outside, but the light teasing of the prostate with every thrust definitely made it enjoyable enough to keep playing with. One of my favourite things about the Hank is actually its short length, which means it’s very easy to insert it all the way down to the base. If you’ve be using it by squatting over it and riding it, then it’s possible to take a pause and just sit on it, without having to remove it. Another pleasant discovery I made in this process is that it’s also possible to wear the Hank like a butt plug. The base of the shaft narrows quite a bit as it reaches the balls, and when you have the dildo fully inserted you’re able to grab this notch and squeeze it with your muscles in order to hold the dildo inside. It’s even possible to walk around like this, just as long as you don’t use too much lube, which can be quite amusing.

The dildo is very easy to clean after use. Like any toy it can simply be washed with anti-bacterial soap and hot water, but as it’s silicone and non-porous it’s also able to be sterilised. This can be done by popping it into the dishwasher, wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution, or by boiling it in a pan of water for a couple of minutes. When caring for your silicone dildo it’s also important to only use water-based lubricants.

Overall I’m really pleased with the Hank, and I’d definitely be inclined to recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality realistic dildo in a realistic size, and especially as someone’s first dildo. It’s another great product from Tantus that’s really worth the price. The only thing I would say, however, is that if you’re someone who values size above all else, then the Hank may be too small for your needs.

You can buy the Hank from SexToys.co.uk

It’s also available directly from Tantus.