Zizi Cosmic cock ring

Last week Jay from Esmale got in touch and asked if I’d like to review one of the new Zizi Cosmic cock rings. Zizi is the sister brand of Keep Burning, the European company that makes those silicone dildos I’m rather fond of, so I was keen to check out what their cock ring offerings would be like.
Grab the review after the jump.

I’m probably not the biggest cock ring aficionado in the world; you’re not likely to spot me walking around with a band of solid steel encircling the base of my genitals, but I do like cock rings which are a bit of fun, such as the Oxballs Cocksling/Nuttsling, and the Perfect Fit Cock Armour. The Zizi range is very much in this same vein, which is why I was happy to take on the task of reviewing a piece from it, and give my penis the chance to play dress up again.

The Cosmic is a two-part cock ring bundled up into one tidy little package and shaped like a lucky red figure eight, or even an infinity symbol if you turn it on its side and imagine what it might do for your erections. The rather simple premise is that the penis goes through one hole, and the testicles the other, giving two simultaneous points of contact for those who prefer to leave no part neglected.
Unlike the Keep Burning line of dildos which is made from 100% silicone, the Zizi range is made from TPR, and as cock rings are only worn externally this is a perfectly acceptable choice for anyone who might be concerned about material safety. The TPR is incredibly stretchy material, which is what makes it so suited for this application, and to illustrate that point I could probably expand it wide enough to fit the lower half of my leg through, despite it having an internal diameter of only 1″ at rest. Unlike many TPRs that I’ve encountered the Zizi lacks any discernible odour, which is a nice feature as sometimes it can be necessary to air these toys out for a while should your olfactory system be sensitive. The build quality of the Zizi is also impressive, and up the standard that I’ve come to expect from Keep Burning, though it does have one tell tale injection moulding mark hidden inside one of the rings, like a navel that all TPR products bear when they emerge from the factory.
The Cosmic is very easily to put on, in part because of how stretchy it is, but also because it only has two holes to worry about it’s far less fiddly than the Oxballs toys I’ve tried. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re erect or flaccid when you first put on the Cosmic, though it might affect the order in which you do things. With an erection it’s necessary to place one ring over the penis first, then stretch out the other to pull it over the testicles, whereas if you’re still in a flaccid state you can expand one ring and drop the testicles through it, before folding the penis down and slipping it through the other hole.
The Cosmic gives a comfortable fit whilst being worn, and you can feel it gently gripping around the base of the penis, though the impact is far less on the testicles. The scrotum hangs quite easily through the space in the ring, not experiencing much pressure against it at all. Compared to Oxballs products this particular design lacks a couple of things that I’ve come accustomed to, with the first being that snug fit you get from having an extra hole. Having separate rings for the penis and testicles, and not one that goes around both as well, means it lacks that comforting squeeze up against the perineum. The other thing is the way in which the testicles hang through the ring. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at first, but the Cocksling and Nuttsling both stretch the testicles away from the body to varying degrees, whereas with the Cosmic the testicles are largely free to dangle there unperturbed. For me it’s a product that feels nice on the whole, yet less enjoyable than others I’ve tried because of those absences. I feel more undressed in the Cosmic because the Cocksling is more like a piece of structured clothing and I can’t help but compare the two, but for anyone who isn’t too keen on the idea of any degree of ball stretching the Cosmic could actually be the perfect compromise.
In terms of the Cosmic actually doing its job as a cock ring, i.e. helping to retain blood in the penis, it performs this as well as you might hope for. The thick band of TPR squeezes the shaft enough for a few surface veins to pop out, thus restricting the flow of blood exiting the penis, but at no point does it feel too tight or uncomfortable. One advantage that the Cosmic does have over the Oxballs toys is that it’s less deep than the Cocksling, so you have more usable length in the shaft whilst it’s being worn, which is a plus for any shorter guys worried about how much of their penis will be sacrificed inside the toy.
Removing the Cosmic once you’re finished with it also mirrors the ease with which it’s put on, because again it’s not especially fiddly, and having only the two holes to worry about helps. Just beware that if you do have pubic hair it will get caught and tugged at as you try to slip your fingers through the rings to expand them again.
My bottom line with the Zizi Cosmic is that I prefer it less than other products I own in terms of how it feels. It is very much a personal preference though, and while I would be more inclined to recommend the Oxballs Cocksling to most people, the Cosmic isn’t without its upsides. It’s nice well made product from a good company, it’s much easier to put on than other products – especially if you have any dexterity problems – and it doesn’t take up too much space on the base of the shaft if  you’re concerned about size issues. If all of its features sound like something that would work for you, then it’s definitely worthy of my recommendation.
Thanks to Esmale for sending me one to review, and you can buy it from them now in their gay sex toys sale where there’s 20% off everything. 
Remember, get an extra 10% off any order by using the code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.

Testimonial: Esmale

I realised recently that I haven’t written a testimonial about a new store since 2012, back when I started this blog, so I thought I’d change that today and talk about Esmale. This post is long overdue really, because if you ever read my Fleshjack dildo reviews then I’m always suggesting that people buy them from Esmale, so I should go into a bit more detail about why I like them.
 
I first encountered Esmale a couple of years ago when I had my eye on three very specific toys that I wanted to review: the Brent Corrigan Fleshjack dildo, the Oxballs Cocksling, and the Oxballs Silicone Urethral Sounds. I was searching the Internet for anywhere that sold them, looking for the best price, and I happened upon Esmale which had all three. Not only were they in stock, but they were competitively priced, available with free shipping, and I had a code to get an extra 15% off, so I couldn’t resist taking a chance and trying a new store, and I’ve been shopping there ever since.
 
So who are Esmale exactly? Esmale is a UK-based store that specialises in sex toys for men, and more specifically gay men. That’s pretty much perfect for someone like me because all their product lines are aimed at my demographic, which means less time spent wading through artificial vaginas and clitoral stimulators when I’m searching for something new to try. It’s always useful to have a store that caters to your particular niche, so let’s look at some more of the reasons that I love to shop with Esmale:
 
Esmale has easily one of the best selections of Fleshjack dildos available in the UK. As you’ll know Fleshjack makes my absolute favourite realistic dildos, but many of the bigger stores don’t seem to stock them at all, and those that do often have no more than 3 or 4 at most. Esmale currently offers an impressive 9 to choose from, which accounts for 50% of the available models after Fleshjack recently increased their roster to 18 guys. That’s a better choice than nearly anywhere else in the UK.
 
Esmale offer very competitive prices on their products, which is especially important to me in relation to those Fleshjack dildos, which tend to be some of the most overpriced items on other sites. Esmale sells Fleshjack dildos currently for £40.49, while other stores typically ask for between £50-£60. Add to that the fact that Esmale frequently has sales on, and sends out discount codes through their newsletter, and you can look to save 15% on the list price, guaranteeing a bargain compared to buying the same product elsewhere.
 
Free shipping is something that comes as standard at Esmale, and in my experience orders arrive very quickly, and always packed securely inside a completely discreet brown box. This is always a bonus, because who wants to spend money on postage when you could be using it to buy more sex toys?
 
Customer service and returns are handled very well at Esmale. If you’ll recall from my review of the Oxballs Cocksling I had a slight problem with first one, so I e-mailed them to enquire about it, and they put a new one in the post for me straight away, alone with a pre-paid envelope so I could return the other one at my own convenience. It was completely efficient and a stress-free experience.
 
Esmale isn’t a site that’s shy about sexuality; if you’re wondering exactly how a particular cock ring is supposed to be worn, then there’ll be a photo of a model right there on the page demonstrating it in full detail. The lack of coyness is quite refreshing, and it really does give you a clear idea about certain products and what to expect from them. 
 
Esmale even runs its own rewards programme, so every time you spend money you accumulate points which can then be used to get a discount the next time you go back. For every £1 you spend you earn a point, and for every 30 points you collect you can get £1 off, which is around three times more generous than some supermarket loyalty schemes.
 
These are all the main reasons that I like to recommend shopping as Esmale, and the reasons that I keep going back. In fact the last two toys that I bought with my own money were both from Esmale: my Dolph Lambert and Mick Lovell dildos.

 

So I urge to you to check out Esmale next time you’re looking to buy a new toy, and as a special reward for being one of my readers you can even get an extra 10% off at Esmale, just by entering the code ‘PSPOT10‘ at the checkout when you place your order.

Oxballs Sparkplug

Ever since I first tried out the Oxballs Cocksling last year I knew that the next item on my list would have to be the Sparkplug, and as luck would have it the generous people over at Esmale contacted me last week and offered to send me one to review for them. Naturally I gladly accepted, and now you can find out what I thought of it after the jump!

The Sparkplug isn’t an easy product to categorise, because essentially it’s something unique, even more so than the Cocksling. It takes the basic design of the Cocksling, which is itself a form of cock ring, and builds on it and improves it by adding an extra ‘tail’ piece which stimulates the perineum and anus. In a way it’s like the ultimate male toy because it targets all the erogenous zones at once. Gone are the days of needing separate cock rings and butt plugs, because the Sparkplug does it all. I like to think of it as almost an article of clothing rather than a toy; once you’re stood there with everything strapped and plugged up you’re naked but you’re not. With the silver version especially I liken it to a piece of armour which you don before ravaging your partner, as that’s what its appearance always brings to my mind whenever I see myself in the mirror wearing it.
Much like the Cocksling the Sparkplug is made of thermoplastic rubber (TPR), which is a little unusual for an Oxballs product given their general preference for silicone. There’s a good reason for this choice, and it becomes apparent when you realise just how stretchy this material is, much more so than any silicone that I’ve encountered. TPR is a safe material, though less highly regarded than silicone because it is slightly porous, but this factor only becomes an issue if you’re considering sharing the toy. Porous materials can’t be sterilised, and as part of the Sparkplug is insertable this is normally something you’d want to do before giving it to a partner. In this case the prudent thing to do would be to have one each, just to be safe. The only other downside to the material is that it does have a slightly chemical-like odour, but as I discovered with the Cocksling this odour soon dissipates once the Sparkplug is removed from its packaging and allowed to air for a few days. 
The Sparkplug comes in the same minimal packaging that I mentioned in my reviews of the Cocksling and the Oxballs Urethral Sounds. The product is heat-sealed inside a small, clear, polythene bag which bears no branding, nor has a sticker on it denoting what the product is. There’s also noticeably an absence of any pamphlet explaining instructions for use or how to care for the product. If you’re environmentally conscious and a fan of minimal packaging then you might appreciate this, but I would have preferred a little something extra.
The construction quality of the Sparkplug is generally pretty good, and it appears to have been manufactured in the same manner as the Cocksling. There are several mould-lines and creases along the surface so it’s not perfect, but they’re not that noticeable and don’t spoil the overall aesthetic. Two of the openings in the Cocksling-portion feature a slight divot, designed to accommodate the corpus spongiosum – the third erection chamber of the penis through which the urethra runs. This is intended to reduce pressure on the urethra and allow ejaculation whilst the toy is being worn. There is some slight branding on the product, with the words “Oxballs” and “Sparkplug” embossed faintly into the material.
The design of the Sparkplug does look a little strange at first glance. Mine is silver so I tend to think of it as something which could have fallen out of a plumber’s toolbox. The silver finish is actually rather good; it’s visibly metallic rather than being merely grey but by another name, but they do come is a variety of colours to pick from. The front of the product is just your standard Cocksling design, but out of the back extends the section with I’ve dubbed the ‘tail.’ The tail connects to the part of the Cocksling which sits behind the testicles, and it extends for around 4″ before turning a sharp right-angle. This cylindrical piece is designed to rest along the perineum, and is around 7/8″ thick. Beyond the right-angle is the insertable portion which measures 5″; 4″ of this is bulged, while the remaining inch is smooth and forms a neck of sorts. There are five bulges in total: two small, two medium, and one large central bulge which has a 5 1/8″ circumference.
When it comes to putting on the Sparkplug it’s fairly obvious thanks to the design which bits go where, so it eliminates any of the potential confusion involved with the Cocksling. It doesn’t matter really if you try to put it on when you’re erect or flaccid as here is where the stretchy material comes into play. The amount of elasticity in the material really is incredible; you could put your fist through the smallest hole and wear it like a wristband if you desired. The first part of the procedure, unsurprisingly, is identical to with the Cocksling. To start off simply pop your penis through the back hole and out of the front, then simultaneously stretch out the hole at the bottom and the hole at the back until you have a piece of material that looks like a strap, and hook this strap over and under the balls to drop them into place. The extra ‘tail’ of the Sparkplug makes getting the balls into place slightly more difficult than with the Cocksling, but you quickly learn to work around it and adapt. After everything is in place it’s time for a few quick adjustments, and tugging a little extra skin of the scrotum through the hole will ensure optimal comfort. It does help at this point if you have less pubic hair, so you won’t get any caught while you’re tugging the material around. The next step is to insert the butt plug portion at the end of the Sparkplug. The simplest thing to do is just bend the ‘tail’ forwards into an accessible position, cover it with your favourite water-based lube, then line it up right and push it into place. The soft material will work a bit against you in the insertion process as it compresses and bends around, so you’ll want to guide it in from the tip. It’s important to keep your sphincter as relaxed as possible to ensure a smooth process, and it also helps to push each of the bulges in individually, else their size and shape might present a slight obstacle.
Wearing the Sparkplug feels incredibly comfortable and is a really pleasurable experience. The material at the front fits snugly around the penis and testicles like the Cocksling, and gives a constant reaffirming squeeze to the whole area, but without feeling in any way too tight. What really surprised me was how well the ‘tail’ section fitted into place. The measurements of each portion seemed to align perfectly with my anatomy, as though it had been tailor made. The first segment of the tail ran flush against the perineum, applying a light pressure and giving the pleasant sensation of something lying between my legs, especially when I squeezed my thighs together. The right angle then turned upwards exactly where my anus was positioned, meaning there was neither too little nor too much material in this portion. The bulges on the insertable section act to anchor it firmly in place inside the body – thus avoiding slippage – while the soft material flex allows it to flex into a natural position, and the sphincter rests on the smooth area below it. The insertable section is just the right length to feel pleasantly filling but without being excessive, and the thickness should be suited to most people who enjoy moderate anal play. There really is something incredibly comforting about how it feels when it’s on, as though everything it touches is being taken care of, and I could see myself wanting to walk around wearing it all day. On top of that it’s also quite an arousing sensation; with something happening at every point between your legs, immediately you want to go forth and have sex.
The front section of the Sparkplug is in many senses a cock ring, so it functions in much the same manner and helps to keep blood in the penis and create a stronger erection. The separate hole for the testicles holds them slightly away from the body, instead of allowing them to become closely tucked up under the penis as they typically do prior to orgasm. This has the effect of making you slightly more aware of the balls, and the scrotum almost seems more sensitive to light touch. The interesting thing about the Cocksling-section is that when you first put it on it has a tendency to pull the foreskin back and then hold the skin in place around the base of the shaft, preventing the shaft skin from being very mobile or able to slide back over the head again. This can be quite fun if you’ve always wanted to try out sex with a bare glans, but otherwise you can simply hold the Sparkplug against against the body and then slide some more skin through the hole at the front, and restore the normal functionality of your foreskin.
The Sparkplug is great for use during sex where you’re the active partner, as it offers all the benefits of the Cocksling but with additional anal and perineum stimulation. If you otherwise enjoy wearing a cock ring and a butt plug during sex then the Sparkplug is sure to be a hit. Obviously if you’re going to need access to your anus during sex for other purposes then the Sparkplug may get in the way a bit, and it could be easier to stick with a Cocksling instead. The Sparkplug is great for solo play too, especially in conjunction with a Fleshjack, as you don’t need to be with someone else to enjoy how it feels. One thing to note is, that like much like the Cocksling, due to the design of the front section it does cover the bottom inch of the shaft, meaning you potentially lose that in insertable length. Like with any cock ring it’s advisable not to wear the front section for more than 30 minutes at a time, in order to restore normal blood flow to the genitals; I noticed that my balls had begun to feel slightly cold to the touch after prolonged use, so that’s probably a good indicator of when to stop. The Sparkplug is very easy to take off when you’re done as plug section at the back just pops right out, and the front stretches open once more. I was a little surprised when I took it off how naked I suddenly felt, and how much I noticed its absence and missed the pleasurable squeeze it gave.
To care for the Sparkplug, and prolong its life, you want to avoid using oil-based lubricants when wearing it, and simply wash it with anti-bacterial soap and hot water after use. After several washes you may notice that the formerly shiny surface of the material becomes slightly dull and matte, but this isn’t cause for concern.
Overall I really love the Sparkplug and would recommend it to anyone; in fact I would go so far as to say that every man should own one. It’s a fantastic creation which really feels great to wear. The only slight downside is the initial odour, but it’s not too bothersome and it doesn’t linger.
You can buy the Sparkplug from Esmale in a selection of colours, and currently get 20% off on the silver version. Get an additional 10% off when you use code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.

Oxballs Cocksling

I’ve become interested in Oxballs products as of late as they always seem so unusual and creative, so I decided to try out one of their Cockslings as I’ve heard great things about them. I’m not really a fan of cock rings, but this just seemed different somehow.

It’s hard to explain exactly what the Cocksling is because it’s a rather unique product, but essentially it’s a form of cock ring. I like to think of it as like a little piece of armour for the penis and testicles, something you might put on your steed before taking it into battle, because that’s what it reminds me of whenever I see one being worn.
The Cocksling comes in the same minimal packaging that I mentioned in my review of the Oxballs Urethral Sounds. The product is heat-sealed inside a small, clear, polythene bag which bears no branding, nor has a sticker on it denoting what the product is. There’s also noticeably an absence of any pamphlet explaining instructions for use or how to care for the product. If you’re environmentally conscious and a fan of minimal packaging then you might appreciate this, but I would have preferred a little something extra.
Unlike most Oxballs products which are made of silicone, the Cocksling is instead made of thermoplastic rubber (TPR), so you have to figure they have a good reason for using it. This reason becomes apparent when you realise just how stretchy this material is, much more so than any silicone that I’ve encountered. TPR is a safe material, though less highly regarded than silicone because it is slightly porous, but considering this isn’t an insertable toy I wouldn’t worry too much about that. The only real downside to the material is that it does have an odour, something that reminds me of an obscure alcoholic drink with just a hint of a chemical undertone. You’re probably not going to spend a lot of time sniffing it considering where it’s worn, and thankfully the smell dissipates almost entirely after a few days of leaving it to air out somewhere ventilated.
The construction quality of the Cocksling is generally pretty good. There are several mould-lines and creases along the surface so it’s not perfect, but these aren’t that noticeable and don’t spoil the overall aesthetic. I did notice in mine a slight defect where there was a small split along one of the joins where the toy was fused together, leading me to worry that it may widen with repeated stretching, so I ended up returning it for a replacement just to be safe, and the new one was fine. Two of the openings in the Cocksling feature a slight divot, designed to accommodate the corpus spongiosum – the third erection chamber of the penis through which the urethra runs. This is intended to reduce pressure on the urethra and allow ejaculation whilst the toy is being worn. There is some slight branding on the product, with the words “Oxballs” and “Cocksling” embossed on separate sides.
When it comes to putting on the Cocksling it’s important to get the orientation of it right. I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve seen on Google image search of guys wearing it backwards. Start with it in the position shown in the image at the top of this post. The Cocksling has three holes: a wide angled-hole at the back which is designed to sit flush against the body, a rectangular hole at the front which the penis comes out of, and a circular hole at the bottom which the testicles hang through. Once you have that sorted you can put it on. It doesn’t matter really if you try to do this when you’re erect or flaccid as here is where the stretchy material comes into play. The material really does stretch incredibly; you could put your fist through the smallest hole and wear it like a bracelet if you desired. To start off simply pop your penis through the back hole and out of the front. With that taken care of you now need to get the balls into place, and while I had no trouble doing it the first time, in subsequent attempts I found it a little tricky. You need to stretch out the hole at the bottom and the hole at the back until you have a piece of material that looks like a strap, and then you simply hook this strap over and under the balls to slide them into place. This is easier said than done, and one thing you want to be sure of is that you get enough scrotal skin through the bottom hole to allow the testicles to pass through fully, otherwise when you let go of the material you may find your testicles getting stuck in the hole and squeezed. It’s one of those times when it would be useful to have an extra hand, so ask a partner to help if you have one.
Wearing the Cocksling is incredibly comfortable and a really pleasurable experience. The material fits snugly around the penis and testicles and doesn’t feel too tight at all. It’s like a constant gentle and reaffirming squeeze around the whole area. After you’ve put it on initially it can take a little adjustment of loose skin to get the fit just how you want it. In this instance the less pubic hair you have the better, as it can get caught when you’re trying to slide a finger under one of the rings to stretch it out while you move things around. The interesting thing about the Cocksling is that when you first put it on it has a tendency to pull the foreskin back and then hold the skin in place around the base of the shaft, preventing the shaft skin from being very mobile or able to slide back over the head again. This can be quite fun if you’ve always wanted to try out sex with a bare glans, but otherwise you can simply hold the Cocksling against the body and then slide some more skin through the hole at the front, and restore the normal functionality of your foreskin. Because the Cocksling is in many senses a cock ring it functions in the same manner and helps to keep blood in the penis and create a stronger erection, as well as gently pressing on the perineum. The separate hole for the testicles holds them slightly away from the body, instead of allowing them to become closely tucked up under the penis as they typically do prior to orgasm. This has the effect of making you slightly more aware of the balls, and the scrotum almost seems more sensitive to light touch. The Cocksling is great for use during all forms of sex, and even during masturbation, but one thing to note is that due to the design of it it does cover the bottom inch of the shaft, meaning you potentially lose that in insertable length. Like with any cock ring it’s advisable not to wear it for more than 30mins at a time in order to restore normal blood flow to the genitals; I had noticed that my balls has begun to feel slightly cold to the touch after prolonged use, so that’s probably a good indicator of when to stop. The Cocksling is very easy to take off when you’re done as it stretches out once more, but be careful not to get any hairs caught. I was surprised when I took it off how naked I suddenly felt; it felt very much like something was suddenly absent, and I missed the pleasurable squeeze it gave. 
To care for the Cocksling and prolong its life you want to avoid using oil-based lubricants when wearing it, and simply wash it with anti-bacterial soap and hot water after usage.
Overall I really love the Cocksling and would recommend it to anyone. It’s a fantastic creation which really feels great to wear. The only slight downside is the initial odour, but it’s not too bothersome. If you’re interested in a Cocksling but with an extra anal stimulator then check out my review of the Sparkplug
The Cocksling is available from Esmale, where you can  get 10% off everything when you use code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.
It’s also available from UberKinky

Oxballs Silicone Urethral Sounds

It seems as though suddenly everyone is talking about sounding at the moment: it was all over the media during the coverage of the recent “porn trial”, Ruffled Sheets has been reviewing penis plugs, and I saw porn star Jesse Santana getting in on the action too.
I’ll admit it’s something that’s always fascinated me, but at the same time I’ve been a bit too squeamish to try it until now. Not wanting to miss out though I decided to give it a shot, but I thought I would take a different route to most. A while ago I saw this guy on XTube using a very unusual toy, and immediately I wanted to know what it was. A few Google searches later and I discovered it was a silicone sound from Oxballs, and when I saw that it also came in red I knew that it was the toy for me.

The Oxballs silicone urethral sounds are my first product from Oxballs – a brand known for creating some of the more outlandish toys on the market today. They come in a set of two, and the packaging is rather lacking to say the least. Both sounds are heat-sealed inside a small polythene bag together; the bag is clear, bears no branding, nor has a sticker on it denoting what the product is. There’s also noticeably an absence of any pamphlet explaining instructions for use or how to care for the product. If you’re environmentally conscious and a fan of minimal packaging then you might appreciate this, but I would have preferred a small box at least so I could store them there afterwards.
As the name suggests the sounds are in fact made from 100% platinum silicone, which is one of the safest materials on the market, and considering where these toys are intended to be inserted safety should be at the forefront of your mind. The silicone is quite firm if you squeeze it, which allows it to keep its shape well despite being so thin, but the thinness also makes it very flexible and able to be easily bent about as much as you desire. The sounds are constructed in three sections: the shaft, the left side of the hook, and the right side of the hook. This means that the shaft section is completely free from mould-lines, and the only mould-lines run around the length of the hook and in a ring where the hook meets the top of the shaft. The hook is lightly embossed with “Oxballs 2010©” which can only be noticed if you look carefully. Curiously the surface of the silicone has a matte finish, which gives it ever such a slight amount of texture. I find this odd because if they’d made it with a shiny surface then it would have been completely smooth, much like the polished finish of a typical metal sound. Even the smallest amount of texture will create friction, which I wouldn’t imagine is desirable in a toy such as this.
Both sounds are 5 5/8″ (14.4cm) long, with 4 5/8″ (11.6cm) of that being insertable. Compared to an average sound this is a little on the short side, and will probably appeal more to beginners such as myself, rather than the more advanced players who like to go deep. The inside diameter of the hook is 5/8″ (1.5cm) wide, which is big enough to fit a finger through even without flexing the material. The first sound has a continual taper, starting at 6mm and widening to a full 1cm at the other end. The second sound has three stepped sections of increasing thickness going up the shaft. Each section is around 1 1/2″ long, and is completely uniform with no taper. At the tip the section is 5mm wide, the middle section increases to 9mm wide, and the final section goes all the way up to 12mm.
When playing the sounds it is advisable to use a sterile lubricant, such as Surgilube, or Very Deep. This is to reduce the risk of bladder infections, which can be heightened when inserting foreign objects into the urethra. If you’re not going to bother with a sterile lube then make sure that at the very least you use something with no additives. The inside of the urethra is a sensitive membrane, so anything extra in a lube is prone to irritate it and lead to inflammation, even “caring” ingredients such as aloe-vera. It should also be water-based lube always, as this is a silicone toy.
Inserting the sounds is a strange experience. When you mention the word “catheter” to most men they will recoil and cross their legs, and frankly my experience was rather like that. Putting the tip of the sound into the penis wasn’t too bad; it was more of a curious feeling than anything with only some mild discomfort involved. As I began to go deeper I enjoyed it less; there was a slight scratchy/burning sensation present with every millimetre it progressed, and I remain uncertain as to whether it was because my penis merely didn’t like having any form of foreign object inside it, or if it was because the surface of the sound was causing some friction along the urethra. I found the stepped-sound easiest to use at first due to the narrower end, but once it reached the next section it became a rather tight fit and I was only able to get about half of that in before I stopped. I moved onto the tapered-sound, and while this does feel larger sooner I managed to get two thirds of it in without too much trouble thanks to the shape. Because the sounds are made of silicone they’re very lightweight, so you do actually have to push them inside you, unlike with a metal sound which I understand will gradually work its way in under its own weight. The sounds are much easier to insert if you’re flaccid at the time, but I found this difficult to maintain. As soon as an erection develops the swelling of the tissue in the penis flattens out the urethra and makes it harder to accommodate an object; you can feel the pressure of the tip of the sound as it makes its own path and it isn’t entirely pleasant. The flexibility of the sounds, which you assume would be advantageous in this instance, doesn’t seem to have a discernible impact unfortunately. If you let go of the sound then it will gradually begin to rise out of the penis of its own accord without the need to pull it out using the hook. Removing the sound felt better than inserting it, but I can’t really describe either part of inserting and withdrawing the sounds as pleasurable, but perhaps sounding just isn’t for me. The only part where I sensed a potential for pleasure was when the tip of the sound was inserted around an inch deep into the head of the penis, so perhaps a penis plug might be more suitable.
Post-sounding I noticed some tenderness along the urethra whenever I touched the underside of the penis, and also a slight burning sensation when I went to the toilet, which I found discouraging. This is probably a normal occurrence when you’re not used to this sort of activity, but it’s less than welcome when you didn’t find the activity that enjoyable in itself to begin with.

Taking care of the sounds is relatively easy; as they’re silicone they can be sterilised before and after use, which is important for toys like this as you want to keep them in the most hygienic condition possible. To do this you can boil them in water for a couple of minutes, or wipe them down with a 10% bleach solution, making sure to remove all residue before the next time you use them. They can also be cleaned in more conventional methods, such as with hot water and anti-bacterial soap, or with a toy wipe.

One issue I have with the product is the price. They’re around £40 at most places, and while I understand that the price necessarily reflects the fact that they’re a niche product with a limited market, the fact still remains that for that sort of money you could get a lot more silicone in the form of a large dildo like the Tantus Luke. If they were available at half the price then I’d consider that reasonable. The price is on par with a metal sound though, so if you’re willing to pay for that then this may seem equally acceptable.
On the whole I think that the Oxballs urethral sounds are a nice toy; they use a quality material and are well made. My only niggles at this point are the price and the fact that the finish isn’t completely smooth, but I don’t know that either of these would amount to a deal-breaker. Upon reflection I’m not entirely sure that sounding is an activity for me, though it was certainly an interesting experience to try out. I’d be willing to explore it further in the future with different types of toys, but right now I wouldn’t be tempted to spend more money on doing so.

Check out my Toy With Me Tuesday submission to see an artistic photo of the sounds.

You can buy the silicone sounds from Esmale, and currently get 10% off on any Oxballs product. Get an additional 10% off when you use code ‘INCEND10’ at the checkout.

They are also available from UberKinky.